Kisume

4.4
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1085 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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was impeccable as was our dinner. We ordered sushi omasake style. The chef prepared 13 pieces of decadent fish. Perfect portion that didn’t leave you feeling stuffed.

LZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was great! Service wasn’t as great as I’ve experienced in the past.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

good food, nice service,food more modern than traditional Japanese。

TP
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would just say that Kisume in overall- is fking phenomenal! Some of their dishes and dessert will just make you "WOW"!!!

C
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Unfortunately this was not the level of service and food we have experienced in the past. It’s disappointing to see that it appears to have slipped so far backwards.

DT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Great Sashimi.
Hot food average
Overpriced for what it is.
Better Japanese restaurants.
Although if you just want sashimi and sushi it is excellent.

BC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and the staff were really great in helping us choose a good wine to match our tastes and order

M
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is amazing especially the sashimi which has different sauce for each type of seafood. Suggest to include rice or noodle in the menu as some people would like carb for dinner.

LD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

best sushi we've had in years. everything beautifully presented.

GS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Wonderful experience. The only disappointment was being a party of five situated by the front door directly opposite the reception counter as it was a cold night and many people were coming and going. We were blasted by very cold air frequently.

J
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Expensive, Fly riddled and frozen crab will be my memory of the restaurant.

We went here to compare to another nearby Japanese. We were placed right next to the service bay and so were able to hear all conversations between the waitresses as well as with one of the chefs. In this time, we heard comments including:

“You can buy that sake for $40 at Costco” between wait staff

And

“Yeah just place it in the freezer” from a chef to a small delivery of crab.

We started off with sushi and sashimi, which, while above an average quality fish, were not worth the asking price. Some were tough, some were flavourless. Moreover, we had to contend with a counted half dozen small flies which wanted to join in on this course. Not the most appetising.

Bento boxes had some nice elements, like the crispy chickpeas and the edamame. Assuming the chefs were not after delivering crispy skin, the cod was well cooked. However, the miso soup was tepid and the singular large block of tofu inside the miso soup was unnecessarily bulky. Finally, why we needed the equivalent of 1.5 Lebanese cucumbers quartered and put on a plate within the bento box I’m still trying to understand. Apparently, the steak and foie gras bento box was done nicely however.

Overall, not an enjoyable experience.

MT
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was fantastic, but the service was dreadful - very slow, items not arriving, incorrect dishes etc

VB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a very special place to be with the ones you love.
The moment you enter the door your experience begins.
It is a treat for your eyes and senses.

CA
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food served with elan and professionalisation by Mark. 5 stars for him

MS
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience
Would really recommend it to people

KS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The omakase menu was good, however wasabi was quite heavy handed, overpowering the fish on many occasions. The sushi chefs were not as experienced as other sushi restaurants in this price range I've been to in the past, and overall the experience did not feel very authentic. The expensive bill at the end felt like it was warranted by Kisumes premium location in the Melbourne CND, rather than the overall dining experience and food presented. I would say that there are many other sushi dining options in this price bracket and restaurant class that offer a better dining and food experience.

DR
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service, nothing more to be said

JH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

An enjoyable place to eat. Quality and presentation of dishes was very good.
Staff were attentive, friendly and answered all our questions thoroughly. The times between courses was well timed and we were supplied with plenty of water.
Would certainly speak highly of our experience with all our friends.

HP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Having heard such mixed reviews about Kisume l didn’t know what to expect. It was my Best Friends birthday so l wanted to ensure that wherever we dined it would be a memorable evening for the right reasons and it was! We absolutely loved the food and the service. The setting was lovely too. The only think l could fault was the price of the food, it was pricey, but the fact that they remembered to place “Happy Birthday” on the dessert and my best friend loved the evening in its entirety, the expense was well worth it!

GQ
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food. Pretty good value for high end dining. They were quite accommodating as i changed my reservation from 3 to 4 people on a public holiday. However, the extra orders of food and drink took a while to arrive. Granted we kept ordering after the first round of orders, the drinks took a little too long to come for something as simple as a beer, it shouldn't take more than 5 mins.

That all being said, I'd definitely come back but might prefer to sit at the sushi counter next time with just 1 other person instead of a group.

j
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

impersonal and overpriced for very average food - immemorable

KT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic - we would highly recommend one of the chef’s menus. Every course was outstanding- it is too hard to pick a favourite.

F
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

A bit of disappointing experience.
We sat a counter table and there was a staff training just next to us so it was annoying. And also sushi chefs’ were talking each other and noisy.
Food was okay with average level but not value for money.
Serving staff has no professional attitude.
We don’t recommend anyone for this restaurant.

BL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Food: dumpling, miso soup with only one cold piece of tofu, sliced raw cucumber, one chuck of steak (uncut for two diners) ... make no mistake this is your fine Japanese dining not a street izakaya
Service: the front house should perhaps learn to appear less annoyed when the sub-par booking system by Kisume mistakenly put your guest in the ‘high chair’ downstairs facing the kitchen not the upstairs sushi bar. Sort out a table first before bringing your guest up and downstairs again and again.
Verdict: Kisume is a great restaurant when it comes to the sushi counter. The rest is hyped-up izakaya food.

BJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the best Japanese I have ever had. Excellent service , great wine list and a good space.

AB
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We have visited the restaurant many times, always satisfied, food is great, service is excellent.
Great variety in wines . We enjoy Japanese food and will continue to visit when we come to Melbourne.

JB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We have been to Kisume twice. The first time we ate from the menu downstairs and really could not fault the food and the service in any way. This time went for a set menu at the sushi counter.
I felt rushed through the whole process as if the sooner we ate, the sooner our seats could be refilled. It wasnt as good but I also understand that its a busy time of the year.

SF
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Very helpful staff. It was wonderful to sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare all the different dishes.

GB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very helpful and friendly staff with just the right amount of attention to our needs . Great food really interesting twists on Japanese standards. Also really good wine list albeit a little expensive.

B
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Hello - we have been to Kisume previously. On Wednesday we had an early sitting at 6pm. The food was very good - thank you. I had requested a quiet nook given my wife and I were dining with my mother who had come to visit from Adelaide. We were placed in a low ceiling area at the back of the ground floor. We were directly under a speaker. The music was just too loud and it the genre of music didn't seem congruent with a Japanese fusion theme. My mother was unable to hear most conversations and didn't enjoy the experience at all. This obviously impacted our experience. We just can't understand why music needs to be loud, or even necessary. With fine food comes fine conversation. Please give your clientele some credit that we don't need to be "entertained" beyond this? The service was mediocre. Within a 5 minute period we were brought 3 different servings of the pork dumplings which we didn't even order. They were delivered by 3 different people. It was pretty funny at the time but not really professional for a Flinders lane restaurant. We were disappointed as this was a "special" dinner with a visitor from interstate.
Thanks
Brad

M
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Look forward on authentic fish from japan

Steak is incorrectly as tenderloin, but it’s rib eye, could have been better

BL
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Much overpriced for the unimpressive food quality.

B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I had the short degustation. Each course was absolutely delicious and stunningly presented.

AP
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

This is the second time we’ve been hear. First time was much better in our opinion. This time waitress kept missing items we ordered & looked rather frazzled. Food was ok but for the price you pay you expect more. Overall ok though.

KN
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Omakase was great ($88 menu) but was still hungry by the end of it. :-) the chef preparing for us was so nice and friendly

BM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Besides some slow service moments, the food was excellent, staff were very accomodating and knowledgeable. Atmosphere was fantastic for a date night and I would definitely return for the delicious menu and quality restaurant ambience.

P
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Excellent Japanese food especially with the sashimi dishes. In comparison the hot dishes seemed a bit average. We opted for the $88 pp degustation will probably do a la carte next time to pick the outstanding dishes. All in all worth trying and will be back again

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for dinner on the first night of our honeymoon! The staff was very nice and accommodating and we very much so enjoyed sitting at the sushi bar for our sushi dinner

PS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great experience sitting st bar watching the chefs at work

RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food choices. I'm vegan and there was no problem at all! Their wine list is extensive and tasty!