Nearby points of interest
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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.
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
Hours of operation:
11.30 am til late
$41 to $100
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(03) 9671 4888
Located in buzz of Flinders Lane, Melbourne's premier restaurant district between Russell and Swanston Streets, Kisumé is the perfect destination to visit before or after an event. The Regent Theatre is parallel to Kisumé on Collins Street, the Arts Centre and NGV are both less than a 10 minute walk away. Kino Cinemas sits just over Russell Street off Flinders Lane and the Princess Theatre is a short stroll up to the Paris End of the city. With all day dining from 11:30am, Kisumé is flexible to your timeframe, just let your waiter now your show time.
Wilson Parking Lot:
172-192 Flinders Street
Wilson Parking Lot:
128 Flinders Lane
290m from Flinders Street Station
Tram stop 11 City Square/Swanston Street
Tram stop 13 Federation Square/Swanston Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Kuro Kisumé on level one including The Table, Private Dining Rooms and Chablis Bar is available to be booked for private events and exclusive use. At Kuro Kisumé we are able to create and cater for bespoke events. Our events team are available to discuss any number of options including catering for specialised events. Our aim is to curate an experience perfectly suited to your individual needs. Corporate events, celebrations, business meetings, cocktail parties, product launches ETC can all be arranged along with an array of dining and beverage options available.
Kisume Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I was looking forward to having a good night as we had a milestone occasion in our life to celebarte. We listed this with the reservation and upon being seated we got a tired acknowledgment of our milestone, it would be best to say nothing if interest is not there. But our biggest disapointment with the night was the food came very quickly and we could not get one to serve us for our drinks request. It took al long time to get a Coctail order 20 - 25minutes, then when we wanted to order a bottle of wine we could get no service. By this time half our food had come before we could get the wine list back and from there trying to get the attetion of the waitress to order a bottle of wine took up to 15 minutes. I don't think this is good enough on for expectations.
I will say the food detail was beatiful and delicious but drinks and food should be combined. The lack of service totally damend our nigt
Visiting Melbourne ahead of an evening concert, we chose Kisume for a lazy lunch and were most pleased with the quality of the food, attentive service and overall ambience. It is not a cheap experience, but well worth the money if you are a fan of Japanese food.
From its hype and reputation, I had a very high expectation. That’s why I wanted to take my partner there for his birthday dinner. Unfortunately, our designated server could barely smile, left little pleasantries, did not bother to engage with the customers, and was basically borderline rude. I did not expect a Vue De Monde’s level of service but I received better service and attention from a Maccas than Kisumé. The food however was lovely, especially the shio chicken and the pork belly. The dumplings were average. The otoro sushi were delightful. Atmosphere was vibrant and loud as you would expect from this type of hip establishments. I would go again, and try different stuff from the menu but hope to land on a slightly more interested server.
I didn’t feel that the restaurant got the basics of Japanese cuisine correct. For example the sushi and the sashimi wasn’t up to par for the amount the restaurant was charging. Some of the “fusion “dishes were better but overall the food didn’t meet my expectations. Too tricky.
Great spot on Flinders Lane. Food was amazing, recommend the king crab gyoza and the wagyu steak. Unfortunately our waiter went on a ‘break’ after our first course which meant for some reason that we didn’t get the next course for half an hour, and only after we questioned where it was. Our waiter was great, but this was unfortunately a low point in an otherwise good experience.
Started off a little shaky with a mix-up and not having wait staff assigned to the table, but was corrected relatively quickly. Staff seemed knowledgeable about the food; which was for the most part quite good with a few spins to dishes that were interesting. Had the tasting menu which ran through a selection of their menu and showed off quite a few finer points of kisume's style of Japanese cuisine. VERY extensive wine list (unfortunately don't drink wine), a basic but classic selection of cocktails to choose from. Will return to try an omakase from the sushi chefs there.
Great service and wonderful food! Waitress was understanding, helpful and ensured we always had a full glass. We were also surprised when a waiter asked if my friend wants her flowers placed in the cool room for the duration of our time there which was very thoughtful
Excellent Japanese food in modern setting. The 'feed me' tasting menu is good value for the quality. They served a stunning dessert with happy birthday piped onto - we laughed as it was our anniversary (we hadn't told them they must have guessed). Later out came a second, different stunning dessert, complete with gold leaf with happy anniversary piped on. Sit at the bar for two people and they theatre of the kitchen or grab a table for a group. The upstairs Chablis bar is very nice and also has a selection of cocktails etc. Our second visit (first soon after opening) and we'll be back.
We ordered the deluxe sushi box along with a few other items for our party of 3. A really innovative box with some unique flavors and ideas. Service was on the slow side and not up to par with the level of the restaurant. For instance, the waitress came over to inform us that we had been waiting for a long time because our sushi box had been dropped off at another table. She then asked us if "this is ok" which we really didn't know how to respond. We would have expected her to offer us some complimentary snacks or something as we were growing impatient (and hungry!).
Overall, the food was presented beautifully and delicious so we did enjoy our evening and would recommend others to visit. The Black Sesame Cake is a must order too!
We have been to Kisume twice, and found the cooked dishes better than the sushi or rolls. The sushi/sashimi was nice, but not wonderful. For instance, when you are paying more than $20 for an individual piece of sushi you would expect it to be excellent - the ones we tried (uni & toro) were nice but not outstanding. The lamb katsu on the other hand was done very well.
Had my 27th birthday with my wife, it was a fantastic experience dining at Kisume, as it was the first time for my wife to have authentic Japanese food (she is not a fan of Japanese food). We thoroughly enjoyed each and every meal, every dish was presented well and tasted better than their looks! Although my wife didn't like sushi/sashimi, Kisume proved that wrong with their dishes.
Kisume had the best miso soup and edamame I've ever had. I wanted to start by saying something good. They really blew my mind. I would return to order just those two things (worth, what? $20 at most but the bill was close to $250).
That good thing now said, the kingfish was chewy and tasteless as was most of the sushi and sushimi, with the exception of the (one, tiny) piece of tuna. The chicken gyoza was ok without being great. Any place that serves bad kingfish should go to jail in my opinion.
The mains (beef, salmon) were really average. The beef was good, though ultimately all it was was a bit of steak with some fois gras whacked on top. If I had a good bit of beef and fois gras at home, I could easily cook it to a similar standard. The salmon was dry and overcooked. Oh man, overcooked fish is a sin to all of god's creatures. There was a salad of burdock root that was pretty hideous and we couldn't eat it. It was kind of fuzzy in our mouths (not the burdock but the salad leaves, I don't think they were very fresh) and the only taste in the whole salad was a dull, not exciting, kind of bitter. Boring.
We were also freezing cold which made the whole lunch uncomfortable. My husband is never cold but as we were leaving he said that stepping out to the 34 degrees outside would 'thaw him out'. The staff were wearing really heavy uniforms which clearly acted as insulation as they seemed oblivious to the glacial, frigid air swirling all around them like snow flurries. To be fair to them, when we asked for the AC to be turned down they did do it, twice, with only a little bit of attitude. It was still too cold though.
This really wasn't Japanese food. I mean there were some staples but ultimately I'm not really sure what it was. I don't mind fusion, in fact it can be really exciting, but this wasn't that.
Oh, I should say that the dessert, while it didn't blow our minds, was quite nice.
Anyway, the search of really good Japanese restaurant continues.
We got served cold food. Got some free drinks so that was appreciated. But the whole thing was handled poorly. Your restaurants all lack ambience and have no soul. So boring and all the staff are so lacking any character and think they are doing fine dining. I think you guys have jumped the shark with this restaurant but there are enough sheep in Melbourne to keep you going. But overall I think you guys are so average all your food is bland precooked and lacks imagination and everything tastes the same and is loaded with salt. The whole experience felt fake.
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