Chef Sun Hong’s settled-in pop-up has been open for a few weeks in the small counter space behind Marmite and Spirit in the Bottle in the Pike/Pine food, shopping, and office complex on 11th between Pike and Union. But the don’t-necessarily-call-it sushi chef is still working out a schedule. By Tae is currently open 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM weekdays for lunch, with occasional “drinking hour time” openings at night and weekends still in the works.
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“Your hand is your signature,” Hong told CHS about his project when we talked with him about By Tae earlier this year.
The counter serves handrolls and sake and will have preparations ready for pickup and go if you want to eat on the run. Hong shuns labels for his work with an approach based on what types of fish he most wants to work with, what is fresh, and what is most sustainable — he doesn’t even like to call it sushi.
The Seattle Met predicts the “secret” counter will catch on.
By Tae takes over the the counter where creperie Petite Galette drew some loyal customers but ultimately shuttered after less than a year of business.
By Tae is located at 1424 11th Ave. You can keep track of the latest updates at instagram.com/bytaeseattle.