Sakura Café, once a hound hangout in Park Slope, lost its ace sushi chef. That was the bad news. The good news, says Peter Cuce, is that its new incarnation, Kappa Sake House, is a splendid spot for Japanese food and drink.

A few sushi options remain, but the focus has shifted to an izakaya style, food made to be served with drinks; in the case of Kappa, home-style small plates that match the strong sake list. Highlights include gyoza, well-seasoned miso soup, saba shio (broiled mackerel with sea salt), and Osaka-style pressed sushi with salmon. Besides sake, there are Japanese craft beers like Hitachino Nest, including an unusual ginger brew. Both sake and beer are highlighted in occasional tastings.

Peter wonders why Kappa is so often deserted. “I’m worried about this place,” he frets. “Maybe people don’t like the switch from sushi to izakaya, but I recommend checking it out.”

Kappa Sake House [Park Slope]
388 Fifth Avenue (between Sixth and Seventh streets), Brooklyn

Board Link: Kappa Sake House, 5th Ave, Brooklyn

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