Kisume

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934 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
Kisumé, a pure obsession with beauty - is a contemporary experience that’s built on duality. It’s where the traditionalist and the modern artist meet. Our cuisine draws on the purity of Japanese food culture and injects it with a uniquely Australian sensibility. Here, each visit will be different from the last: Kisumé is a journey that constantly evolves.

Find us in the heart of Flinders Lane, a stones throw from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, and discover three levels of dining. Our modern sushi bar and restaurant sit in the basement and ground floor, while Kuro Kisumé sits discreetly on the first level. Kuro, our most bespoke experience, encompasses The Table, two private dining rooms, an elegant Chablis bar and Winewall specially-curated by Philip Rich.
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BD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and venue. Service was great . Gobsmacked to have chosen “sparkling” water and be whacked with $12 a bottle. Bit of a joke which when coming to pay the bill leaves a disappointing edge to evening

FL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The food is just about passable. Truffle balls were good. Gyoza was a deep fried mess. Sushi and especially tuna was below average. Dessert was great. Plating was dreadful and the pricing was excessive. For anyone who has ever been to Japan they would know it’s a poor overpriced attempt.

Avoid

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Price is same as Michelin star restaurant, food is just so so. Service is worse than McDonald’s. Never comeback

AC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there for our wedding anniversary, truly one of the best Japanese restaurants we’ve been too. Every dish was amazing, especially the Kingfish with black truffle soy sauce. Very memorable and staff were very friendly.

J
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

My miso soup bowl was cracked and one piece of it has dropped into the soup. I’ve complained to the waitress but I did not receive any apologies from her. Moreover, it took around 10-15 minutes to get another dishes. Waiting for too long lead to not much mood to eat. The food its also normal by the way.

VL
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible - service was amazing - definitely go, if they could do something better it would be to improve the bathrooms - its unisex and at the time I went it wasnt overly clean :)

PP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, food delicious but service needs to improve for a fine dining restaurant

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

felt the service was inattentive and not relaxed (defying expectations at a premium venue). while the spectacle of sitting at the sushi counter is always impressive, there is not the reverence or intimate atmosphere achieved at minimashima. the food was good and interesting but not memorable

AP
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank You for having us! This was the most amazing dining experience, with food prepared and presented in the most authentic, modern Japanese way. It was sensational.
I would recommend Kisume to every diner that wishes to appreciate the art of clever food.

E
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Such a beautiful restaurant, the staff were lovely from the moment we arrived. Wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! This time round we ordered one of the feed me packages instead of items from the menu - there was soooo much food and all was delicious. Thank-you Kisume!

RE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I showed a photo of a nigiri I got over a year ago and the chef was more than happy to make it for us. Great service and amazing food.

JR
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time visiting Kisume and it did not disappoint! All 4 of us got the chefs menu and were super accommodating for our friend who wasn't big on raw seafood. Seasonal cocktails I could have ordered many more but with the amazing selection of wine I had to try it all. Was all topped off with a beautiful little happy birthday inscribed dessert. Thank you again for how service should be and amazing food overall

C
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences of my life. Exceptional food, seamless service. I cannot wait to return.

MO
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

although we enjoyed our meal. It was lacking some wow factor, the staff whilst lovely really didn't engage with us on the menu or food. As we hadn't been before this would have been of benefit I believe.

SP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, service was good. I would recommend this restaurant

PR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We wanted a table for 2 to celebrate my partner's 40th birthday.Disappointingly, We were put on a bench overlooking kitchen, asked was their an occasion?...and that's was that for the night!
It was all too mechanical..
Overrated, we went elsewhere to celebrate with signature cocktails and desserts.

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food was ok, it wasn't exciting or different. I wouldn't go again, there are lots of other good Japanese places around. Cocktails were expensive. We sat down stairs which was quite dark. Service was good.

LG
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely loved the food and the service. We sat at the sushi counter which is really entertaining!

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Even though it is a fine dining place and the quality of food and presentation is very nice, I felt for the price you pay and the quantity you get, the restaurant can afford to give its patrons just that little bit more so people feel a bit more full after having paid $50 for a bento box! Melb is after all quite competitive for food!!

LS
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Loved everything about kisume. Disappointed that I was served gelatine when I had advised of dietaries and that I don’t eat meat. Perhaps the staff need to be trained on what animal biproducts are.
When asked about the gelatine, there was no apology or attempt to fix the situation.

f
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were here 2 years ago and glad we came back. Terrific omakase at the counter.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Omakase was delightful. However the only feedback I would give is to have all the omakase customers seated together so the chef is not walking from one end to the other - this way the service seems more personal. I also suggest to have non-omakase customers to be seated elsewhere (not at the sushi counter) as I find it distracting/impersonal for omakase customers (or to be situated all on one side instead of inbetween omakase customers).

SM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!!! Loved every dish! Loved the service!

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service and ambience were great. Food is good but it should have been better, if compared with the price tag and what has been advertised in Instagram.

m
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely terrific! My girlfriend and I had our 1 year annerversary dinner there and we both had a great time. The staff were all incredibly friendly and courteous, the cocktails were delicious, and the food was divine. I personally feel the portion size for the price was a little underwhelming but the quality of the food was seriously impressive. Thank you all for a great evening.

S
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Our experience at Kisumé was really amazing, there was a wait for 30 min before our first sushi but that was because the friendly sushi chef was preparing a massive sushi platter that looked amazing. Because of the wait he let us upgrade which was nice. Good job guys

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent service - we enjoyed our night at Kisume immensely.

MS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding modern Japanese food oozing creativity flare and precision. Flavours were familiar but taken to the next level of brilliance!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, loved everything:)

DP
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere, very friendly service and the food was outstanding.

JT
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Amazing food, but the service was too slow. If you are constantly wondering when the food is coming out, it detracts from the meal.

JP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 5

We have been loyal customers, often recommending to friends. However, Saturday night was not the quality of food that we have had in the past . It was very cheap and nasty. Rubbery sashimi and at over $150 a head, the 'takeaway' chopsticks was an insult. Laat time ever!

IW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful place and stunning food to celebrate my daughters 17th birthday

PS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

We go to such places expecting the Service will be outstanding. It was quite the opposite. We chose the Counter Seating and were looking forward to a Japanese Experience but there was nothing. No interaction whatsoever. The lady who took our order completely stuffed our order. In the first hour we had 4 dishes come out (scallops and oysters), by the time we hit the second hour we were so hungry we just needed food and asked her to bring us food and she didn't understand a word we were saying. In less than 45 mins they brought out the platter or whatever you call it, there was so much food. We wasted a lot of food. When we saw the bill it was just wrong! The lady pretty much ordered whatever she felt like. $391 later (for 2 people), there was no service, not the right food, and no explanation whatsoever. All that she had to say (in broken English), she misunderstood us! If she misunderstood she should be repeating the order not order what she felt like. Food quality was without a doubt good, but the service was highly disappointing. If only we knew what we were paying for! I feel cheated, it's just not acceptable.

JA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service, would highly recommend

CL
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals and overall dining experiences I’ve ever had. Every dish is beautifully crafted, presented, and absolutely delicious. Always a favourite, and and my go-to choice when trying to impress out of town guests.

ND
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal dining experience. The food and service were just impeccable. The wine list is amazing and the cocktails delicious. Dinner at Kisume was the perfect way to celebrate my partner's birthday with friends. The atmosphere is spot on. Can't recommend this place enough.

DB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The service made us feel hurried and rushed. Even though we arrived on time. Our waiter was difficult to understand and repeatedly came back asking if we were ready to order when we didnt even have the chance to open our menus! When we asked her about a particular chablis she rattled off some non-sensical information. We had to ask another waiter for clarification and she was much clearer and informative. The punctuality between dishes was great. Most of the dishes were delicious and thoughtfully presented. The highlights were the wagyu steak and foie gras, the barramundi fillet, and the deluxe sushi box. Although for an extra $33 this part of the menu was over priced. The wine menu was extensive but insanely over priced. There was not one Chablis under $120. Which is unfair for a wine that is available for much less elsewhere. It was an interesting experience though. I think the service could be more polished. The venue is beautiful and exciting. It was a good night overall.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service and food was excellent. The plate sizes were small and very much over-priced.

We had drinks in the upstairs bar before the meal while waiting for everyone to arrive. Although the drinks were also very expensive it was a great experience and fun atmosphere.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The sushi was amazing. Disappointed by the hot food. A little overpriced

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