The Chef's Table - Kuro Kisume

4.9
38 reviews
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$101 and over
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Chef’s Table. 12 exclusive seats, one ultimate experience.

Put yourself in the hands of our master chef and experience our take on Omakase. A creative and intimate journey built on seasonality, drawing on Australia’s rich natural produce from land to sea.

The Chef’s Table seats up to 12 guests. The multi course Omakase menu is priced at $195 per person, with optional beverage pairings available.

The Chef’s Table is a communal dining experience, for exclusive bookings please contact events@kisume.com.au
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 7:00 pm–10:00 pm
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(03) 9671 4444
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Wilson Parking Lot:
172-192 Flinders Street

Wilson Parking Lot:
128 Flinders Lane
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290m from Flinders Street Station
Tram stop
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
38 reviews
4.9 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
91%
Very Good
4%
Good
4%
Fair
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Poor
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4.9
Food
4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The concept was excellent as was the interaction with the head chef who prepared the food in fron of us.
The food was spectacular with a heavy emhasis on seafood that night.
The matching wine and/or sake was excellent (just misisng a big red).
The seating was a bit of fun with some interaction with other guests.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The evening consists of 19 delectable courses served by an entertaining chef to a private room of 12 guests over 3 hours. The food was creative, perfectly balanced, beautifully presented and will transcend you to culinary heaven. The Chef’s Table at Kisume has become my favourite restaurant and I will definitely be back multiple times!

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DG
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply stunning, the food and the service was sensational. Thank you

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PY
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Nice presentation of food by the chef in front of your eyes. Ingredients were careful plan to bring out its best flavour. Funky fusion Japanese meals full of surprises. Used quite a lot of local produce which is nice. Funny chef Lee continue to entertain his guess while preparing the dishes. Good option of wine and sake pairing . Reasonable price for wine pairing.

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GO
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a brilliant time - excellent food, great service, great ambience.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The chef's food was amazing but also his interaction with the guest was enjoyable as well. Top food, great ambience, excellent service. Defiantly would be coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Felt like we went on a trip to Japan! Exquisite dining experience

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SS
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was just as good

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved our experience at The Table at Kuro Kisume. The chef was very personable and created a relaxed atmosphere. He prepared some really beautiful dishes and added theatre to many of the courses which added excitement. The food was all absolutely delicious, we loved every dish. The sommelier Kieran was excellent too. We was professional and knowledgeable and was very attentive and friendly. Maybe just slightly overpriced but only in comparison to other places like Attica. Needless to say we did really love Kisume though and would highly recommend it.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef was great and super friendly
Had great banter and service staff also excellent

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SS
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best experiences that I have had at a Chef's Table. The food and wine list was amazing

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is an amazing restaurant the philosophy of food is refreshing and definitely hits the mark.

My only criticism is that the service in the Chablis Bar was slow and made one feel a little uncomfortable.

However once at the chefs table everything was perfect.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OMG the beef and desserts were out of this world epic!!!

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AT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kuro Kisume's The Table was a fantastic experience. The set up, the food, the chef and the ambiance were all top notch. One of the best dining experiences I have had. Although more on the pricier side, the food did not disappoint and everyone has left content and satisfied.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Complete different experience to Minimishima however still retain some traditions of the Kaiseki idiom. Chef is highly knowledgeable in all the ingredients and methods used for cooking and not afraid to share them when asked.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing presentation of each dish, great chef, interesting conversation with other guests
Very different menu from any other Japanese restaurant we ever dined in

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TK
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a seat at "The Table" with 11 other people. The place was very comfortable, well presented and had great food.

You can get good food at many restaurants but the interaction with the chef sets this place above others. Sharing the story and hearing the chef's inspiration behind each dish adds to the overall experience.

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CL
17 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We did the food and wine match was provided an interesting and broad selection of beverages. We thought the wine match was expensive given that some glasses need to last more than one course.
It was an enjoble experience with high quality well presented and innovative cuisine, recommend for foodies with deep pockets.
Service was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful menu with some amazing flavours (including fresh wasabi!), delivered with charm and good humour by the chef. There was an extensive drinks menu and John, the Sommelier, did an amazing job matching some lovely sake to compliment the different courses.
Don't expect a quite romantic meal . On the pricey end but an outstanding rating well deserved!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Hi, having dined numerous times downstairs and been totally wowed by the food and flair of the chefs, I brought 5 associates to The Table to impress the pants off them. It was overall underwhelming in comparison. The food service was far too rushed, especially considering the wine matches.
We had to ask for service to slow down. We really felt rushed out of there. Following lunch we continued our celebrations at the Chablis Bar, after ordering a $350 bottle we were then told we had half an hour to vacate the area. This was a little rude considering our bill exceeded $3000. We will return to Kisume, but not necessarily to The Table unless we have it exclusively with a bigger group perhaps. Thank you for the opportunity to review our experience. Kris

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1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Welcoming restaurant staff; brilliant, knowledgeable and generous chef; excellent food. Kisume sets a high standard in showcasing high quality Australian produce cooked superbly. A memorable experience in all ways - particularly as Chef Moon presented us with an anniversary gift of his special wasabi grater. We appreciated Kisume honouring our lunch arrangement despite cancellations by other people. Indeed having the table and chef to ourselves provided a memorable and hard to top experience. Our only quibble was that the bar staff in the Chablis Bar were unsure whether to offer us a drink or assume that we were only there to kill time until lunch at 12:30. We received a drinks menu and then nothing... the waiter disappeared. I think your sommelier later realised that we had not ordered any drinks and fixed the issue promptly. The same waiter later served us through lunch, and his service then was impeccable - so perhaps it was all due to confusion caused by us showing up half an hour earlier than expected.
Thank you again, and our special thanks to Chef Moon and Kisume staff for making our anniversary a memorable one. We will certainly return as the food and experience is well worth repeating.
Regards
Ann

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1 review
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The food and service were outstanding and the interaction with the chef made for a fun and interesting evening. They've taken the model of kaiseki with a commitment to Australian only sourced product. Apart from the NT they had sourced for our menu product from every state in Australia. If you like Japanese cuisine and want a fine dining experience without the stuffiness that sometimes comes with that then you'll enjoy The Table at Kisume.

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P
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely easily 5 star. Such an intimate service we were made to feel very special and the food experience was like no other. Amazing ambience, the service from waiters was personal and subtle and chef moon was so amazing to watch and hear from, what a treat from an amazing chef. Bucket list ticked.

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P
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An outstanding evening and a spectacular dinner, thanks to the super entertaining and masterful chef Moon Kyungsoo.

The amount of thought, and effort that has gone into the menu for each evening is quite tremendous and shows. Chef Moon Kyungsoo has gone to great lengths to scour Australia to find the highest quality ingredients demanded of Japanese dining, produced fresh, within Australia itself. From Wasabi to Green Abalone, David Blackmore's 9+ Wagyu to Tuna Belly, the focus is not just on preserving the spirit of Japanese cuisine and the ingredients it demands - but the freshness too.

That is only half of it though, through his humour and personality, the meal is brought to life. Course after course is prepared and presented on some of the most imaginative and innovative cutlery - each in itself a piece of art, optimised to accentuate the dish presented upon it.
There is nothing here for r/WeWantPlates though - all of the cutlery is entirely practical while being beautiful. A balance so many forget in their desperate ambition of Instagram fame.

I didn't mention the drinks? They were amazing too. Cocktails were perfectly balanced. Hot Sake was amazing. The service to keep the booze flowing was A+. Prices for drinks were beyond reasonable too. I'm not a wine-o, so no comments here as we didn't get any. They have an amazing array of the world's very best though, so I'm sure you will not be disappointed if this is your poison.

Chef Moon Kyungsoo shared during the meal that the Japanese eat food in three ways:
1) With their eyes
2) With their nose
3) and finally with their Mouth.

Indeed, it was a feast for all three.

Do yourself a favour, go.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An absolutely divine evening with a down to earth, friendly, fun and knowledgeable chef. An incredible evening that sent tingles through all my senses and feeling totally inspired.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding Kaiseki Experience!

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12 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience. The food and ingredients were amazing, showcasing the best meat, seafood and other ingredients Australia has to offer. Definitely going back

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1 review
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I recon it's the best Japnese cuisine in Melbourne

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1 review
Dined on 12 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, great way to dine, having the chef prep and discuss everything in front of you.
Some of the best dishes I've ever had.
Faultless

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KK
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of best fine dining restaurants in Melbourne. Each dish was inspired by different Australian local ingredients and cooked in Japanese ways, very creative.
The best thing about this restaurant was the tableware they used. In my view, tableware is the soul of a meal. Many fine dining restaurants in Melbourne focused too much on food plating, but paid less attention to the tableware they use. But at the Table, each course was served with matched tableware, which really enhanced the dining experience.

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AB
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A truly amazing experience at The Table.

The food showcases Australian products and the ambiance is just great, the staff a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful without hovering.

Not to be missed.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

We had a wonderful night- the chef was most interesting and entertaining and we learnt so much about Japanese cuisine! We would have liked more info from the sommelier about the wines he chose for us and we were seated approximately half an hour late but otherwise a fabulous experience. Thank you so much! It was fun meeting other diners at the chefs table too!!!

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4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kuro Kisume (otherwise known as The Table).. now this is an experience and the complete package! 12 lucky guests sit around the table and are absolutely spoilt with some amazing courses showcasing the best of our local produce (and also showing us that you don't need to import ootoro from Japan to serve a top high end Japanese meal!). All 15 courses were a delight, with the highlights being the hand picked mud crab mixed with sweet, creamy sea urchin, the "crazy" (as described by Chef Moon) Port Lincoln ootoro nigiri and the grilled David Blackmore wagyu 9+ with fresh Tasmanian wasabi and salt baked celeriac. Chef Moon was the ever-affable host and made the entire dining experience such a joy for everyone. He is an incredibly skilled chef and his passion comes through when he introduces each course. The service from the front of house was informed and friendly. Kisume are probably known more for their wine pairings but they also do a fantastic job with sake, which is what I had tonight. My meal at Kuro Kisume is one of the best meals ive had in a long time and one I will remember for some time yet.

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2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was sensational, loved everything. Having the Chef prepare our food in front of us was informative and very entertaining. Everything was fresh and extremely tasty. The wine list was fantastic, something for everyone. Loved the vibe and still felt like were a part of the restaurant even though we were in the private dining room. Highly recommend!

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1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Loved it! Quality produce thoughtfully prepared. I'd definitely recommend for a special occasion.

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Dined on 9 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Surpassed my expectations.
Chef Moon and his team were sensational. The whole experience was exquisite.
Definitely raised the bar in the Melbourne Dining scene

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1 review
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible dining experience! It couldn't have been more perfect

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S
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Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dining at 'The Table' was the best food experience i've ever had. The chef and staff were so knowledgeable, funny and polite they made the whole evening something to remember. Thanks for having us x

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