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About Kisume

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.

175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood

Hours of operation:
11.30 am til late

Cross street:
Russell Street

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9671 4888

Website:
http://www.kisume.com.au/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
Wilson Parking Lot:
172-192 Flinders Street

Wilson Parking Lot:
128 Flinders Lane

Public Transport:
290m from Flinders Street Station
Tram stop 11 City Square/Swanston Street
Tram stop 13 Federation Square/Swanston Street

Executive Chef:
Moon Kyungsoo

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

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Food

4.4

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.3

Value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (104)
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Hot Spot (55)
Tasting Menu (55)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Notable Wine List (54)
Authentic (47)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Bar Seating (44)
Business Meals (39)
Group Bookings (33)
Healthy (33)
Fun (30)
Lunch (30)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Casual (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Cosy (17)
People Watching (17)
Late-night Find (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Seasonal (8)
Neighbourhood Gem (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tapas (5)
Brunch (4)
Great Beer (4)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Quick Bite (2)
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Food5
Ambience3
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for lunch for a special occasion and food was great - very good ingredients, creatively put togethet and beautifully presented. Staff looked after us well and venue had a good feel.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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Food1
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·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve never even been there but I got s reservation and ask for review

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Food5
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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing location and great quality food. I would totally recommend to my friends and family. The experience was very unforgettable.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Tapas, Romantic
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Food5
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wasabi tofu was the best creation I've eaten. Pure magic. Lovely staff as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and excellent service, especially from our main waiter Byron on his lsat shift.
It was my third visit and I can't wait to return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Seasonal, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious, unexpected and smooth service with delicious food - especially recommend the kingfish(?) sashimi with truffle, the 'no rice no nori' sushi and the wagu beef with foie gras!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was excellent but expensive, excellent wine list for those who have deep pockets.
A few reasonably priced gems were available for those with a broad wine knowledge.
Recommended for foodies who are prepared to pay for quality

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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Food5
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·Dined on 6 December 2017

Loved our dinner at Kisume. Great food, friendly staff and atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 6 December 2017

Good Japanese food without being exceptional. Fabulous fit out ambiance and service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 5 December 2017

Have been to Kisume twice and each time it has lived up to expectations. Had the tasting menu which was great. Overall the service, menu selection and the ambiance was first rate. I will be recommending this restaurant to others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Healthy, People Watching, Gluten Free Options
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Food5
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on 5 December 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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Food5
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Value2

 
·Dined on 4 December 2017

Great new restaurant - ideal for a special occasion

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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Food5
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·Dined on 3 December 2017

Wonderful service by Suzie. One person was gluten free & so easy for them to accommodate . Relaxed easy atmosphere perfect for dinner with old friends

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on 2 December 2017

Third time I’ve been there and it’s consistently amazing - try the tuna with wasabi tofu and you will be in love!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on 2 December 2017

Great food and service once again! Consistently good!
Always a delight to visit!

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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Food4
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·Dined on 1 December 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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Food5
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Service4
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 29 November 2017

Delicious food and nice venue.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 28 November 2017

Will keep going back because it's always a special night. Food theatre if you sit at the counter. Presentation, food and staff are outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Healthy
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Food2
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 (London)·Dined on 25 November 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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Food5
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Service3
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 24 November 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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Food4
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Service4
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Fun, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 22 November 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 22 November 2017

The food and service were exceptional. Quite pricey but worth it. Will be back many times I hope.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 21 November 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
Ambience3
Service2
Value4

 
·Dined on 20 November 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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Food5
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Value3

 
·Dined on 19 November 2017

have been at Kisume on 2 occasions now and have enjoyed my experience. the food is excellent and service is very good.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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·Dined on 19 November 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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Food5
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·Dined on 19 November 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food4
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·Dined on 19 November 2017

Consistent. Lovely Chablis list. Entrees and smaller dishes are superior to main courses in my opinion.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 15 November 2017

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.

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Food4
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 14 November 2017

Delicious food, beautifully presented and friendly and helpful staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 13 November 2017

The restaurant overall was absolutely amazing. The aesthetic of the restaurant from the chairs, cutlery, to the walls, frames and sushi kitchen design, to the customer service, and delicious food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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Food2
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·Dined on 12 November 2017

Lack of wow factor. Initially thought was 2 chef hat restaurant. Later found out that it is only the table (one particular part of it restaurant) this is confusing.... ??? Maybe just part of the marketing strategy. Food is very ordinary....

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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Great food and atonosphere. Definitely on the pricy side but we knew that coming in. The only downfall was the waitress got nearly all of our orders wrong but nonetheless the food was incredible.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

AMAZING FOOD, AWESOME SERVICE. we will be back. thank you to Chef moon for creating this menu. we look forward to our next visit

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

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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Food5
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·Dined on 9 November 2017

The service from staff was impeccable. The food was delicious, we'll have to come back to try what we missed out on this time. A perfect setting for couples and groups.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fun, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

Lovely dinner, awesome food, efficient knowledgeable service 😊

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Casual, Paleo Friendly
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Food3
Ambience4
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on 8 November 2017

I pre- booked for my Malaysian friend as it was a celebratory lunch where she paid, food was ok, service was terrible ( miso soup spilt, however not on the bill!) ambience wonderful with excellent toilets.

Tags: People Watching
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