Kisume

4.4
700 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The tasting platter was an excellent choice. Highly recommended

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SD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We have been regular lunch and dinner guests at Kisume and Sunday’s lunch was so disappointing. The menu has changed to be very small and doesn’t reflect a fine diner of the price. The food came out in a disorderly and just plain wrong order. We shan’t be back for lunch. We will review the dinner menu before booking for dinner in the future. A real shame.

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

Amazing food well worth the price. Perfect vibe for a great night

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A
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Service was very poor; food was nice enough but not great value for the price.

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RP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

This place was okay but very expensive.
It was a shame and perhaps I had high expectations. The lobster tempura was over cooked, however the kingfish, flathead and scampi dished were very tasty.

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

It was an absolutely incredible experience for my wife and I. The food was magnificent and mouth watering. We were left full at the end of the night with the generous serves. I will definitely be visiting again in the coming months.

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

The chef was amazing but the waitstaff were very slow and lacked attention. Had to ask multiple times for our drinks and even ended up getting charged twice for them. It was well into our first course before they even turned up.

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

Excellent food.

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KE
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceeded expectation - food is an artwork and the flavour of food outstanding! A real treat. Great atmosphere and fabulous service

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

The food was fantastic, we got the set menu, and every dish was great. However unfortunately the service was disappointing. I can't think of a single instance where we were approached and asked if we wanted anything, we had to flag down wait staff every time. Also two separate drink orders were lost and we had to chase them down (again, flagging down wait staff).

The food was reasonably priced for the quality, but wouldn't return.

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BW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Boyfriend and I went here for Valentines and we thoroughly enjoyed the food and our cocktails! Everything was delicious and I don’t think there was one dish we didn’t like. I highly recommend sitting at the counter because we loved watching them make the food! Also I loved that I left the restaurant feeling loved, happy and incredibly full the amount I spent! 10/10 I loved it!

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kisume provided a culinary experience that exceeded expectations. From their kingfisher sashimi with truffle to their beef sirloin with foie grae, each dish was presented amazingly and tasted outstanding.

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CM
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kisume was definitely what I expected. Great food, great atmosphere and great service. The people were insanely friendly and great at explaining each item that came out.

The food was amazing and although a bit pricey, we got quite a bit of food for a set menu (it was Valentine’s Day after all).

I would definitely return for other special occasions or a nice date night.

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TT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I've been to Kisume before at the Chef's table and definitely recommend that but for Valentine's day set menu I didn't have the same expectations. Entree was fantastic. The sushi/sashimi combo for second course was very average. The mains were good but kind of sweet. Dessert was good. Service from one server was excellent but the rest were mediocre.

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CW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have always wanted to dine here and my expectations were met. Everything from the food to the ambience was super and my partner and I enjoyed everything that was presented. Will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The host was not friendly. She made us wait to be seated whereas another couple walked in and she sat them straight away. Must be because they are white and we are asians. She was not friendly too.

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D
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Food was amazing - sitting at the counter watching the chefs was a wonderful experience. We were recommended the wagyu truffles by some friends and it was worth the experience.

Service was a letdown during the meal - waitress was very unsure about wine list, dish ordered was not processed and there was confusion around omakase menu with us missing 2 dishes in the Omakase.

Regardless of the service - would still recommend and return due to the quality of the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect service, delicious food. Especially tuna features and desserts

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

First time visit, food presentation very good. Chef will tell you the ingredients where from makes more meaningful.

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W
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted warmly and the service was fantastic throughout the whole night. My partner and I tried the Tasting Menu, which was a good choice for us as it allowed us to try a wide variety of the food there. We thought all of it was excellent, and were particularly impressed by the salmon sashimi and the tenderloin. The dessert came out with a Happy Anniversary note on the chocolate, which was a very sweet touch, and we appreciated it immensely. It elevated our dinner from ordinary to special.

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great night. Started in the bar with the house Martini - I would highly recommend!
We had dinner down stairs, every course was delicious!
The staff were attentive and friendly :)

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Quite expensive however perfect for those special occasion

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J
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as also, tempura lobster was outstanding for only 55 dollars

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B
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It is a real pleasure to enjoy a meal at Kisume. The food is amazing and the presentation even better.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, enjoyed the whole experience from the food to the staff to the total ambience

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AK
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kisume was recommended to me by a friend and it didn’t disappoint. Food and service was excellent.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food and excellent service. We tried the Chef’s choice and it was excellent.

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J
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding Japanese food and very kind staff. Loved it!

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SS
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From being greeted at the door by a warm hostess, to being seated at the bar and then enjoying quality food and wine, Kisume is absolutely on point. The sushi chefs are some of the finest and the sushi itself is the best I have had in this country.
Looking forward already to my next visit.

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HA
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was good but service a little slow.
Dessert was good .
Information on food was good and detailed .

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R
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Disappointing and overpriced. Food was ok but certainly not exceptional. Service was very good. Air conditioner was too cold. Not a great atmosphere.

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w
118 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meal with excellent service and a dining room quiet enough that we could hear each other, not having to shout. Outstanding wine list.

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F
10 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

overpriced excuse for a Japanese Restaurant. They cannot decide what type of restaurant they want to be. Merely a scene place with mediocre food

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MR
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Superb, VERY well prepared and presented dishes. Friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Loved it :)

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EA
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great. Ambience was great too. Dessert on the tasting menu was disappointing. Steak with with Foie Gras was a little chewy but flavours were great. Value for the tasing menu was acceptable.

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R
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Not acceptable for "fine dining". Main concerns were 1) The meat was clearly grain-fed (it had no flavour and this is completely unacceptable for a fine dining Japanese restaurant). 2) the waiters had no idea about the food e.g. we asked about umeshu and specifically asked if it was more of a dessert wine or a pre-dinner drink; they said "whenever is fine"; so we ordered it to start with but it very much tasted like a dessert wine. 3) out of the 5 meals we had, 3 of them were very underwhelming. This is not acceptable in this price range and in a city like Melbourne where there are so many amazing options. I won't be back. Nor would I recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service, great cocktails and wine list. Fantastic food- delicious and beautiful presentation.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful experience throughout. Thank you to the team at Kisume

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AK
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great presentation and good food in nice surrounds. Quite pricey, not for everyday visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Best sushi I’ve ever had, really outstanding

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