Kisumé is the latest creation from Chris Lucas with a Japanese inspired restaurant. With three floors to boot, from a hot kitchen in the basement, a sushi restaurant on the ground floor and a bar/omakase space up top, Kisumé has a lot to offer. With two weeks into the opening, we are excited to see if the buzz lived up to its expectation.
Unlike the other two restaurants, Kisumé exudes zen elegance with both the architecture and waiting staffs in formal uniform. The kitchen staffs quietly work in unison like a well oiled production line than a buzzing atmosphere in most kitchen we watched on television (symptoms of watching too much of Kitchen Nightmares).
There's two set of menus with a sushi and sashimi menu and a separate hot food menu. It takes time to find your way through the menu to figure out your dining experience but the staffs are helpful and attentive. The staffs are still finding their foot in the new restaurant and with time and training, it would be a better experience for patrons who would love to know of what they are eating.
The sushi and sashimi menu boasts of daily catch and of a large selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls. Fans of salmon will be delighted with the salmon feature. The platter includes salmon sashimi, salmon roe sushi, king salmon and spice salmon rolls.
The winner of the night is the waygu truffle served in a black square box with a cover. It added a sense of theatre as the waiter opened the cover to unveil two charcoal black truffle perched on rice. The tender meat and melted cheese inside are a great combination. Every mouthful is divine as it was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. You could do more than one, trust us on this!
Kakiage is a very popular kind of tempura in Japan, especially in the home because different ingredients (usually leftovers) are mixed together in tempura batter before deep-frying. At Kisumé , the kakiage is made from whiting, prawn, mushroom, asparagus, eggplant, corn and three salts.
The night ended on a high note with the dessert. This dessert resembling a zen art taste just as good as it looks! If there's something you can get excited about Kisumé is surprisingly the dessert. This dessert resembling a zen art taste just as good as it looks! If there's something you can get excited about, it's the dessert at Kisumé .
When we questioned the identity of the restaurant, John, one of the managers explained Kisumé is an Australian restaurant which is Japanese inspired. He said that they want to recreate a fun and relaxed environment and Kisumé serves modern Japanese inspired food. There's more authentic Japanese around in Melbourne but Kisumé has created its own identity with a modern interpretation of classic Japanese food. And, that's what you should come here for.
Unlike other of Chris Lucas' restaurants, you can book a table at Kisumé . Get in quick before the rest of Melbournians follow suit!
175 Flinders Lane, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
03 9671 4888
By PhehSze (PS) Teh
Pheh Sze or more commonly known as PS, is the founder of FoodSocial. She's a part-time pharmacist but a full-time food entrepreneur and a philosopher at heart. When she's not in her white jacket or planning her next culinary journey, she loves to ponder about the meaning of life.