Get to Know: Black Ship Little Katana

on August 11, 2016 / by Downtown Dallas Inc. / in Blog Posts, Dine and Drink, Things To Do

We’re excited to announce the start of a new series we’ll publish each month highlighting a different business in Downtown Dallas. First up: Black Ship Little Katana!


A sushi concept from humble beginnings has made its way to the heart of Downtown Dallas.

What started as a kiosk in the Dallas Galleria grew to include prized sushi restaurant Little Katana in Highland Park, inspiring yet another brainchild of restaurateur Odes Kim.

Photo courtesy of: Black Ship Little Katana

Black Ship got its name from the 1852 fleet of four US Navy steamships sent to Japan to open up ports to Western trade. During the journey, the metal ships were stained black by the saltwater and called “black ships” by the Japanese.

Located near the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center, Black Ship’s atmosphere echoes its namesake – lanterns adorn the ceilings and reclaimed wood panels cover the walls.

The diplomatic mission opened up all of Asia, and Black Ship’s dishes reflect the meeting of Eastern and Western flavors. Kim worked closely with manager and family friend Steven Shin to create the Asian hybrid menu.

“To me, fusion is mixing different flavors together and losing the identity of the original dish,” Shin said. “Hybrid is keeping the essential DNA, but adding a few things to Asian dishes making them more palatable to American markets.”

Photo courtesy of: Black Ship Little Katana

One of the best sellers at Black Ship is the Hot Stone Bowl. Essentially fried rice, the dish offers interactivity not traditionally available with fried rice: guests stir the flavorful rice, protein, and vegetables to achieve desired crispiness. Topped with a fried egg, the dish packs a punch unlike regular fried rice, while evoking the pleasure of instinctual and primal preparation.

While the offerings are widespread, Black Ship is known for fresh sushi and sashimi, prepared with attention to detail the way any true sushi restaurant does.

Hesitant to eat fish in a landlocked city? Shin clears the air – the fish is even fresher than coastal offerings because distributors send the freshest fish inland first. Salmon is the bestseller – Black Ship sells 60 to 80 pounds each day.

Photo courtesy of: Black Ship Little Katana

For libations, popular sakes are available, but the handcrafted cocktails are what shine. The fan-favorite Saratoga Milk Punch is a refreshing and balanced combination of rum, Thai chili peppercorn syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla.

Black Ship caters events, or will rent out its space for any occasion. In addition to the large interior, three patio rooms with climate control are available outside.

You can enjoy happy hour weekdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and live jazz music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free parking is available as well.

If you’re looking for a laid-back, urban atmosphere where everyone can find something to eat, look no further – Black Ship Little Katana has you covered.

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To book a reservation today, call 214-760-7200.

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Black Ship Little Katana is located at:
665 South Lamar St. Suite 130
Dallas, Texas 75202

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