Kisume

4.5
647 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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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.

Special Offers

Chinese New Year Banquet - $120pp

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Kisume with a bespoke, four-course menu set menu including a deluxe sushi box!

Terms and Conditions: Available dinner only, Tuesday February 5th. $40pp cancellation fee will apply for bookings cancelled within 48hours of the date.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 5 February 2019

Ends: 5 February 2019

Availability: Tue 17:00-22:30

What 647 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food and service is fantastic. The portion sizes were a bit on the small side and the pricing was also up there.
I would however recommend this place for a special occasion or if you need to impress.

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KW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A truly special evening was enjoyed by all, the Kisume x Four Pillars gin was beautiful and the assorted box of sushi, sashimi and others was great way to try and test many things. Service was incredible and the atmosphere was perfect for a glamorous occasion.

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LR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful service. The food is beautifully presented and an experience. The non alcoholic beverage choices are limited and the prices are high.

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ML
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had dinner here, after our wedding and found it to be perfect for the small group. The food was amazing and cocktails were to die for. We will be returning again.

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YH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We felt the service was prompt but didn’t get good explanations about the options and the meals.
We would have apprwcaiatwd some advice and suggestions.

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SH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Recommend by a friend and we are also happy to recommend

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RH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Each item we ate was outstanding. Great ambience and very helpful staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good service and food

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FI
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an amazing experience. All of the team where super friendly and helpful. Very understanding about dietary requirements

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OT
61 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Tried the bent of Cod. Food was good.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food, great service, great wine list. A bit pricey, but worth it. Best to east at ground level and not downstairs for atmosphere!

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GA
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific evening meal at Kisume. Every dish on the tasting menu was great and the Sake was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Our first cocktails took 50m from been seated to come! We received two dishes before any drinks

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CM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

For a special occasion this is the place - The food was delicious, the staff attentive and the drink selection vast. Highly recommend.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food...fresh, fresh and fresh.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfection

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, this restaunt made precious memory in our holiday. Thanks

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F
5 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal at Kisume. We sat at the bar so could see the chefs work and the food was delicious. The service was at a good pace and friendly as well.

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R
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend this place not only was the food was delicious but the staff are super friendly and attentive. I had a great birthday dinner.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply fantastic. The food was delicate and delicious and beautifully complimented by top service. Thank you

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MT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really like the salmon feature! The ambience is great and the drinks are great.

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CO
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wondsrful setting, great watching the chefs prepare the dishes. Loved the fact it wasn't too noisy.

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IL
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Sushi and sashimi in the Kisume special tasting menu was great, going back for the omakase tasting menu. However, seats are rather limited for the omakase.

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AV
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Everything was great except our server took away a sushi box which still had one piece left.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

O for Owesome! loved it and it was recommended by my sister Nicole. Great treat flying here to Melbourne

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MA
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

From the onset the service was extremely poor. The host gave us the impression she’d rather not be there, our first drinks order took well over 15 minutes to arrive ( a beer and a glass of wine), we were offered an explanation of the Omakase menu with no reference to an a la carte menu, concealed on the flip slide of the place mat. When we asked for assistance with the sake list, the server that was sent to us proceeded to read the tasting notes on the menu. When we requested a dry, ‘not sweet’ sake she recommended us an obviously sweet one. When we stated again that we did not like sweet style sake, she again insisted that her favourite one was only semi sweet, but also semi dry, and that it was the best on the list. We requested one that we then selected from the tasting notes along with her suggestion. It was completely sweet.
Service throughout the night was very poor. The ambience was vibeless for most of the night, spare the two 10 minute brackets where the music became super loud, like someone had bumped the volume; at least there was some vibe for those two intervals. Thankfully the food was mostly good. One very ordinary salad but the sushi was good. The clincher for the night was when one of the sushi chefs leant over to the other and said, loudly enough for us and the two couples either side of us to hear “ only one hour to go, we can do it “. Kind of summed up the entire night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food is average, services is average, staff were not attentive and warm, the staircase is weird with the glass wall.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience as always. A beautiful place with excellent service, personable yet professional and great food presented in a beautiful way. Definitely a must go in Melbourne

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service.
The set menu was a great way to try all of the delisiousness. Incredibly flexible for peacatarians.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was quite impressed with the place which provides upon arrival a great welcome from the Hostess who guided us to our table We immediately met our waitress who charmed us and offered a great knowledge of the wine selection Food was amazing and well explained with the contents Very generous with the servings and have raved about Kisume to all my friends and colleagues Can’t wait to visit again very soon Thank you for a great memorable night that launched us into the New Year

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t
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious and innovative New Year's Eve dinner. Great service, although slow at times, excellent food, extensive (if expensive) wine list and delightful sake. Would go back in a heartbeat. Highlight was the sushi and sashimi box.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Maybe I have been spoilt by the service and fabulous dining experiences in Singapore, this restaurant was a disappointment from service to food. Would have expected sushi to come one by one and make sure they are freshly made if it wasn’t new year’s eve. Tenderloin was definitely over cooked and the outer part was so hard and dry. They even served 2 main dishes - fish and steak - all together. How would you expect the customer to enjoy them to the fullest? I wish next time would be a better experience.

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S
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

5 stars for service but wow the food is overrated. The chefs all have amazing knife skills but no sense of flavour. The dishes look amazing with great presentation but the fusion they are trying just does not work. It is as though they have not tasted their menu. It is so bad I can't even begin to describe where they went wrong. For the price tag (which is very high) you expect a dining experience that you will treasure. But what you end up with is a mismatched plate that you would rather not finish. E.g. duck with olives and yuzu. Sounds good but just does not work. Also the duck is served raw... not rare just raw. Does taste fresh either because it is very chewy and hard to swallow. Fish is well presented here but again no flavour. Worst meal I have had in Melbourne. For a good $200 dinner, go anywhere else.

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KR
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came to Melbourne for a 5-day holiday and had meals at many of the "best" restaurants in the city - Kisume was by far our best meal and overall experience - from the food to the service, everything was exceptional - we could not have asked for a better dining experience! Thank you - we will be back!

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RS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Right from the greeting thru attentive and friendly assistance at the table to checkout, the service was outstanding. So too was the food....works of art, where the tastes blended beautifully. Left you feeling totally satisfied and not overfull.
Had the wagyu beef, sardines, gyoza and tuna with a sake flight and the dehydrated mandarin and chocolate mousse dessert....heaven!!

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MT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place if you’re a sushi or a japanese cuisine lover, we went there to celebrate our anniversary, everything was perfect from the food down to how attentive the servers were.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal in our stay!

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W
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I have been to Kisume several times over the last few years. This time the food combination was a little wanting in the Omakase section.

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JY
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Went there for the lunch with my girlfriend to celebrate 1 yr anniversary. I had teriyaki spatchcock lunch box and sake set. Spatchcock was great though, it didn't match well with others. Was too strong flavour and juice sauce which males me can't enjoy any other dishes. And two other side dishes were just ok quality. Been sprout had too hard skin. It was barely chewable and seasoned too much. Miso soup was almost tastes nothing. Tofu was very thinly sliced though, felt that was just showing off for Instagram or other SNS. What i expected was kind of decent meal though, it was much more like a snackpack that pair with a drink.

Especially as i seated in front of the chef's table, i had an great opportunity to watch those chef's skills. But they seemed pretty unpleasant, and kept complaining about their stocks. Maybe that's because i was a korean, i was able to understand all the chef's complaints through my whole meal, it wasn't a pleasant experience. Probably they just fit on the backside of the kitchen, not the front.

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A
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Japanese with mostly local ingredients - combines great Australian seafood with Japanese flair.

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