Kisume

4.4
858 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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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.
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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic selection of dishes. We enjoyed every meal, especially the sashimi

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L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best in Melbourne. Always great food and amazing service. The music is just loud enough to block out other neighbouring tables so you only hear the conversations on your own table.

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VD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was exceptional. The food was absolutely amazing I couldn’t have been happier to choose this restaurant to take my best friend for her birthday. Also a massive shoutout to one of the chefs for the complimentary dishes ☺️

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AW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, great service and overall sensational vibe

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f
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good ambience for a date, very meticulously prepared dishes, overall good quality.
Some dishes let it down (soft crab rolls) with a poor taste, hard tempura and chewy texture. Tuna tataki as well was average.

Definitely could be a 5 star if a bit more attention is addressed to some of the ingredients.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

A disappointing experience. Lack of service and very slow, they were even not busy only a few tables. We been waiting over 45 minutes for 6 shucked oysters and ended up we have to cancel it. The hot dishes was extremely salty and the size was very small for a main.

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CY
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We tried the tasted menu, it didn't deserve the price at all.

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CI
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourite Melbourne restaurants, excellent food and service.

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GH
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience celebrating my husband birthday. The Chablis list is very extensive and the sushis and sashimis where not only beautifully prepared and presented but also succulent. We felt the seared duck was served a bit in the cold side but that’s the only negative I can think of! The sitting at the sushi bar was awesome and we were impressed with the chefs actions at preparing sushis

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

Much better than expectation : good service and good food.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Gorgeous to be at the sushi bar watching dishes as they're prepared. A real treat. The attention to detail is perfect.

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TT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing! Would definitely comeback and recommend friends and family.

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E
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere and the experience makes it worthwhile. I didn't love the food but it was nice and I'm glad I went.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Bit pricey but worth it if you can afford . Fresh ingredients and flavourful food.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. Brilliant service. Pretty pricey but worth it as a one off.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went as a family, for my wife’s birthday and loved the food and service. They made an effort to acknowledge her birthday which was very nice

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M
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was good as always. Good variety of dishes in the tasting menu. Stand out dishes were the sashimi/sushi box and the tenderloin with foie grass. Woudl recommend.

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GS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Best edamame, best kingfish, everything was amazing. Just divine! Arguably melbournes best Japanese!

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K
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

1. When I booked the appointment I asked to have Happy birthday on dessert plate as I've seen photos on zomato/instagram. but it wasn't done. I wasn't going to ask the staff in front of my partner again as it was meant to be a surprise.

2. At the sushi counter we wanted to share a 10 pieces menu, like 5 pieces each. We saw the other couple done it by picking one each. but the staff waiting our table didn't give us that option at all and rather pressured us to order one set for each. And that would be too much sashimi for us plus the other dishes we ordered.

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MN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Service was outstanding, very helpful whilst ordering food and drinks. Very nice to see it has two levels. No complaints ! Worth the money $$$

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EJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Kisume is great. High quality food, great ambience and very professional staff. They forgot a few things off our order more than once but were polite and apologetic. Can definitely recommend this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Food was weird and was not properly spiced. Parts of the plate were warm, other parts were cold...

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

Food was sublime and presentations were superb. Service was horrific - better at McDonalds. For this price point and food quality I would expect a staff which was actually trained, knowledgeable, and who actually cared about their guests. Unfortunately none of these things represent the actual skill of the servers at Kisume. Way too focused on portraying how cool and aloof they were in their all black Armani to pay attention to customers. Missed orders, customer had to catch boiling soup that server was spilling to avoid injury, no communication about a delayed order and impatience when asked a question. Won’t be back.

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KW
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant - amazing food and excellent service

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E
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

3 of us enjoyed a good lunch at Kisume. We shared a selection of small plates, all of which were filling and delicious. The waiters were attentive and helpful and didn't press us to order more food than we wanted. The flavours of our food was really good and interesting. We would surely be back another day possibly for dinner. Thank you.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My girlfriend and I went to Melbourne for a long weekend. Always been a fun for fancy Japanese food but Kisume kinda let me down, first of all it’s the service. It’s definitely not a fine dining level, we didn’t even get all the menus( as we were sitting at the sushi counter but only got an a la carte menu), there was no introduction of the restaurant, what kind of dining experience we would like to pick, the waitress just came to us 30secs after we sat asking for drinks. Even a smaller restaurant on the Gold Coast cold do better than these. The food I would say it’s okay, I mean fresh but not impressive. Sushi made with Grilled tuna band tuna toro together just ruined it all... we saw sea urchin when chef was preparing for other guests and we had to ask to order. isn’t the purpose of having waitstaff is helping improving guest dining experiences.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, however was quite pricey
Also there was a credit card surcharge on all cards, given that meal was approx $150 per person, is it fair to assume people carry that much cash in person?

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CH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Service on wine was very slow. One small plate food order got "lost" and then was served at same time as main plate. Otherwise great food and venue and service.

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JP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food came in at good intervals with explanation of what we were being served. Every dish had amazing flavours. We were 9 in total & we all enjoyed the food. The liquor selection was also great with so many Japanese wine & liquor to choose from. A great night overall

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OC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, and incredible service. It’s a bit expensive but you get what you pay for in terms of both food and service. Definitely recommend.

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MW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Best sashimi and kingfish, sushi wasn’t as spectacular but still good. Steak with froie gras and yakiniku was delicious! Sardines and eggplant underwhelming. Will return.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quite the experience sitting up at the counter enjoying the performance of the sushi chefs.
Exquisite food and wine.

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a
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Disappointed experience overall at this restaurant. The food was ok, the service was in absence at times.
The main issue is we were asked to move upstairs if we want to have dessert because they need to take back the table. There is no dining session allocation nor advised. We're not happy so we left.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistent great quality food and experience every visit.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant interior was modern and simple with the black colour. Then the foods were fantastic delicious. I would have chef's special next time. We had a great time and satisfying dinner last Saturday.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time, food was amazing. Service was great however a small mistake with what wine I choose could have seen me parting with more than what I was expecting! It was easily sorted once the bottle was presented by the somm. Tooth fish special was sold out and we were only told once we went to order it!

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M
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience @ Kisume. I wholeheartedly recommend the Omakase experience. A wonderful way to experience what fresh fish and seafood taste like. Wonderful service topped with wonderful food. Keep it up.

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I
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food excellent service, would have preferred 1 staff member for ordering etc, as there was mixed suggestions on food. But all service and food was to a high standard.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

So far so good. However we waited for 45 mins (after our main) for another hot dish to be serve?! where the waitress should follow up / check on it. Only after we asked twice, the dish is finally been served.

Since they appointing different waiter waitress to each table , then the service should be good?? The only bad experience on the delayed / forgotten meal. Otherwise it would be great.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The price are slightly over especially the $25 scampi. For that price I expected to be a bigger scampi not a little one. The bigger scampi at fish market is around $80/kg. Be given a small scampi for $25 is a huge rip off. Also the Sunday surcharge I think is a bit over and what’s worst is, they charge extra credit card surcharge on the tips I give to the employees. So on top of the usual credit card surcharge on my bill which is fine but the tips I give has credit card surcharge as well? I might as well not give tips.

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