Kisume

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821 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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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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SD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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LK
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING!! Can't wait to come back. The food, the service and the restaurant itself are all superb.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service And delicious food

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AP
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we felt special. We had a lovely table and noticed the waiters picked up on all we we said & made our dinner very enjoyable. The food was exceptional, from the sushi to the lobster tempura. To finish off we had 1 dessert to share which was delicious & made even better with the team acknowledging my husbands birthday with a chocolate birthday wish. A little pricey overall but delicious. Would love to visit again.

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R
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Servings were small at fairly high price, so value was not great, albeit the food itself was good. Our server was quite aggressive in trying to push more plates at us. So I would make a qualified recommendation to others.

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B
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We had the Kisume Tasting Menu ($88pp). We got our three first three dishes quickly and almost at the same time but when we finished all the appetizers and waited nearly half an hour for the fourth course.
It is really “surprising” that not every dish is measured by the number of people. There aren't even enough staples in the whole meal. When we were only half full, the dessert was served. We are all amazed at the amount of food.
In terms of the quality of the food, Apart from the steak, it was nothing special. Not everything is fresh. Overall, the experience wasn't worth the price.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Pretty disappointed overall. Food was ok, but not great. I'd been wanting to dine here for a while now. The best bit was the bbq'd edame so all went downhill from the first stage.
Oysters were great, I asked where they were from and a tall strange man appeared at my shoulder. He seemed to be overshaddowing the staff in an intimidating way. It really spoilt the experience of dining at the open bar.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Our table waiter was phenomenal and I hate to put such a low score on service but everyone else was completely disinterested, unprofessional and absent minded. Food rest of venue looked cheap.

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NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was outstanding and the service staff were knowledgeable. However the timing and sequence of dishes was odd. eg. sushi delivered after main course dishes? Second bottle of wine arrived after we'd finished eating. I feel if I dined at Kisume again I would provide instructions on the sequence of dishes and line up the second bottle of wine when the first was finished.

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C
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

I felt the service was below average. It started well when we arrived, but throughout the dining and moments before we left, everything was chaotic. Staffs weren't attentive at all. The staff was not apologetic when the dessert came out without the 'Happy Birthday' writing as I was pretty sure it was the request that I've put on. At the end of the omakase dinner, we went over to the front counter to pay as non of the staffs attended to us when everything was done. We were told rudely by the front staff that we weren't supposed to make our payment there and someone would assist us at our table. I will not dine here again.

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

Best meal we have had in a long time. Nothing to fault! Can’t wait to go back.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was nice looking but just too salty. The waitress started clean and wiped table while we still seated there. It was still 1/2 hour before the restaurant closed . Looks like she just wanted go home earlier 🤔

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New England
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

First visit of this chic and chilled 3-level Japanese cuisine jewel box, where futuristic decor and utensils meet the authentic Japanese technique. Amazing sushi omakase experience but be prepared that this is in no way for the audience who pursues the traditional Edomae sushi.

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G
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a very appealing, elegant and varied menu. Very nice presentation and calm authentic Japanese service environment. Wide ranging sake menu. We enjoyed the tasting flights of Saki.

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London
22 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Average tasting menu. For somewhere as talked about as kisume I expected more interesting dishes. Komeyui is better for this in my opinion. You won't go hungry though as the portions are a good size.

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J
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our party of four had a fabulous dining experience starting with a whiskey flight, sake and chef stand outs including scallops, succulent oysters, and charred octopus. Service and ambience were absolutely faultless. We were seated at our table tucked in a quiet corner within 20 minutes of arriving at the bar, 30 minutes ahead of our booking. However, we would recommend a re-think of the unisex bathroom plan and suggest signage or re-design to ensure that guests are mindful of other guests as 2 of the 4 stalls had significant 'fresh spray' on and around the toilet area such that they could not be used safely from a sanitary standpoint. Our friends that used these 2 stalls found the experience very surprising and amusing and were laughing about it while we waited for our coats to be retrieved, but it slightly marred the overall experience after a wonderful dinner.

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S
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

All of the food was immaculately presented and the flavours were amazing but not overpowering. Each dish was fabulous and complemented the previous one. The staff were knowledgable and able to explain the wine and Japanese cocktails offered. The only part of the night which detracted slightly from our experience was feeling we were rushed by staff from the beginning. Whilst we were aware there were other sittings we did feel the need to hurry.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at Kisume, the food, service and ambience were all wonderful. We will be back!

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AR
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food with overwhelming flavours and tastes that left a long lasting linger great feeling

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JG
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Kisume! The service was very attentive and informative about the menus and options. The food was delicious and easily the best sushi I’ve ever had! I’m glad we chose the counter seats where we got dinner and a show while the master chefs worked their magic! Can’t wait to visit again :)

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Very underwhelming. Food was nice enough but very plain and over priced. Had the tasting menu and expected to get the best 'tastes' from the kitchen so was disappointed.

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E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Considering this is a Japanese concept, they have an unbelievable wine list

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JL
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Exciting menu, good execution and lovely service from floor staff. Booked a table however had to wait over an hour before my omakase meal started. The seasoned sushi was innovative and was fresh and great quality. But I was very disappointed to find bone in my sushi and nothing was done to correct or compensate. I was lucky not to choke but felt embarrassed o had to spit out a mouthful of food.

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KL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food - great service. With so many choices in Melbourne to eat. Very happy to cheese here. We will return!

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The service was very slow but our waiter was very helpful

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AF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. Can’t wait to go back. Service also great.
The Chablis Bar was really nice.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Tasting menu was perfect for my husband and I and three teenage children. Kingfish sashimi was a highlight for me. I’m not generally a dessert person, however it was included in the tasting menu and was amazing in presentation and beautifully light and left you feeling happy to head back out to Flinders Lane.

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T
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good value omakase at the sushi bar and an excellent French chablis collection. We’ll definitely bring overseas visitors here!

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JM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and service. Small hiccup with the wine ordered but duly corrected and no issues arising. Food was nice but a little on the pricey side. Not a place to go regularly i suppose. Would recommend for a special occasion.

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M
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

This was our fifth time back to Kisumé since you opened. We live in Qld so have travelled to Melb each time. The greeting was a little curt, we were sat at a lovely table downstairs. The young lady who served us initially was delightful and warm. We then had about six different staff bring us our food. The miso soup was barely warm which was disappointing.

The other food was delicious!

The biggest disappointment was when we were settling our bill. The tall gentleman with a beard was aloof and basically insisted we leave a gratuity, standing over my husband whilst he put in the tip amount and his PIN number. How rude. We were quite offended. Surely staff are trained not to do this?

With all the competition in Melb we likely won’t be back.

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LE
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is amazing, such good quality and flavours. Extensive wine list and great atmosphere. We had the tasting menu which was the best.

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Y
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, we weren’t sure what to order so started with the sample set which is 88$ each. Price is definitely a bit on the high end. my highlight was definitely the Foie tenderloin, tuna & wagyu sushi, and not of the mud bug with soba. It’s a fantastic fine dining experience. The lighting was awesome as well.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for recommending the tasting menu. It was perfect.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Horrible service and food took forever to get.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I go to Kisume for our date night every time and we struggle to choose anywhere else. Every experience is perfect. From the minute we walk in the staff are friendly and attentive and make you feel extremely welcome. The food is always the same high standard. I highly recommend the wagyu truffles and kingfish sashimi. Also please bring the Spatchcock back it was one of a kind. Drinks list is exceptional - especially if you are a whisky lover. See you again soon Kisume!

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