Finally the highly anticipated, new chapter of the Chris Lucas’ book of gastronomic delights has arrived!
Kisumé has recently been welcomed to Flinders Lane’s strip of restaurant royalty, snagging some prime digs just over the road from Supernormal. The new multi-level Japanese venture from one of Melbourne’s most notorious restaurant moguls looks to be his most exciting yet.
Taking up three impressive floors, Kisumé offers a collection of experiences, tailored to change daily and impress diners every visit. The ground and basement levels are occupied by the sushi bar and restaurant. However, it is up on the first level your experience becomes all the more exquisite with the addition of Kiro Kisumé. This section is dedicated to the Japanese ‘omakase’ form of dining, meaning that all dishes are selected by the chef. Kiro also boasts two private dining rooms, a one of a kind chablis bar as well as an impressive wine wall.
All levels are an experience within themselves, offering a taste of Japan never seen before in a Lucas Group venue. In the kitchen, the crème de la crème of Japanese chefs in Australia take the reigns. Head Chef, Shaun Presland (Sake) along with internationally acclaimed Senior Executive Chef, Moon Kyungsoo have crafted a menu that draws on the purity of traditional Japanese cuisine and injects it with a quintessentially Australian form of sensibility.
Think: deluxe sushi boxes containing fish from only Australia and New Zealand, king crab gyoza and delicate plates of traditional nigiri. Together, these two masters have created a distinctly unique and modern experience that is not only inspired by Japanese tradition but celebrates it entirely.
In classic Lucas fashion, the venue flaunts not only a polished menu and food fare but also a refined fit out. Melbourne architecture group, Wood Marsh teamed up with Fabio Ongarato design to create a space that glows morning to night. The entire space, including the colour palate, lighting and art seek to wow all who enter. This lavish and sophisticated hideaway flaunts a large ground floor sushi station for diners to sit around whilst being hugged by large velvet chairs.
Unlike Chris Lucas’ usual trend of two-hour long queues for a table, Kisumé does take reservations, however by the sounds of things a booking will be just as hard to get your hands on. Nevertheless, this venue is already a must see, and by the looks of things it is here to stay. Welcome to Melbourne Kisumé.
Aside from launching Kisume, 2017 is going to be a busy year for The Lucas Group. The group is headed for Sydney for the first time, bringing Chin Chin’s delicious Thai to foodie hotspot Surry Hills, while plans are underway to open a second Kong on Smith Street in Collingwood. Chin Chin Sydney is scheduled to open in August 2017, while construction on Collingwood’s Kong won’t commence until after March 2017. Plans are also underway for a high-end Italian restaurant in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.