Melbourne-based Kisumé now open for business


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Kisumé [kiss-oo-meh] meaning ‘a pure obsession with beauty’ is the latest restaurant from Chris Lucas. The highly anticipated, three-level concept venue opened its doors for the first time earlier this month.

Kisumé—located at 175 Flinders Lane—is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a sushi bar and restaurant residing on the ground floor and basement levels, while Kuro Kisumé sits on the first floor. Kuro Kisumé (meaning black) includes The Table, a unique omakase-style dining experience seating just 12, two private dining rooms with a similar bespoke offering, plus the Chablis Bar, the first such bar in Australia.

Leading Kisumé’s kitchen is Master Chef K.S Moon. Joining Chef Moon as sushi masters are the Hatanaka brothers, Yosuke and Shimpei, who transport their mastery from Tokyo and Kyoto respectively, and will anchor the Kisumé sushi bar and restaurant.

Guests can expect dishes that draw on the purity and exacting nature of Japanese food but are uniquely Australian (nearly 100 per cent of the menu features produce from Australia and New Zealand). Seafood is, of course, a highlight.

Kisumé is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

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