Satsuma Asian Kitchen + Bar Opens in Wilmington

By Danya Henninger  |  September 13, 2013

Wilmington, Delaware is but a 30-minute drive south of Philadelphia, so dining there can be easier than many places in Bucks or Montgomery County, depending on where you live. This Saturday, a new destination restaurant throws open its doors. Satsuma Asian Kitchen + Bar is the sophomore endeavor from chef Michael DiBianca, who gained acclaim at his 11-year-old Mediterranean, Moro.

The new restaurant features a very modern design, where exposed brick walls contrast with high-tech lighting. A total of 180 seats are spread between the first floor, the reservation-only second floor, the third floor roof deck and outside, in the alley beside the restaurant.

To start your meal, look for “not-so-traditional” sushi rolls (for example, wild salmon with pear, yuzu and fried basil); “street cart snacks” like Berkshire pork banh mi; and Asian-inflected small plates such as the shrimp toast with Sriracha mayo. Follow with larger dishes - everything’s meant for sharing - like fried chicken thighs with wasabi and coffee-braised short rib. Apps start at $6 and large plates top out at $20.

Half a dozen taps include local Sapporo from Japan, and a huge craft beer bottle and can list is priced at just $4 each. There’s also a full selection of liquor behind the black marble bar. Satsuma will be open 4 PM-1 AM, Tuesday-Sunday.

1707 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE; 302-656-3015