Sousaku Bistro, newly opened, is the collaboration of three warm and welcoming friends, chef Boky Chu and Malden resident, manager Lewis Lai and bartender Aiden Pan. Sousaku means “creativity” in Japanese and is expressed in the menu and signature dish, Sousaku Sushi Pizza that is served on a bed of thin rice pressed with seaweed, coated with tomato paste and topped with choices like broccoli, zucchini and eggplant, shrimp, scallop and tuna, crawfish, or salmon and pineapple, and a layer of cheese and deep fried.
They offer a colorful variety of sake cocktails like Melting Snow, a combination of sake, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and grenadine, Wasabi-tini, a mix of sake, plum wine, wasabi and pineapple juice, and others like Red Sun and Blueberry Mojito.
“We serve the best whisky in the world.” says Lai of their Taiwanese Kavalan Whisky named best single malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards.
Their artful hand is also presented in Chu’s hand-written Japanese script displayed on the wall, in the uniquely designed tables, domino chopstick rests and the red door handle that forms “Sousaku” in Japanese characters.
Sousaku Bistro is both a culinary and visual work of art. –-Elizabeth Scorsello
Sousaku Bistro: Japanese Tappas and Bar
Malden, MA 02148
Hours: Monday-Friday 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sunday Noon – Midnight
Owners: Lewis Lai, manager; Boky Chu, chef; Aiden Pan, bartender
Cuisine: Japanese Tappas
Signature Dish: Sousaku Sushi Pizza