Restaurant Guide

Kazuki’s: Restaurant review

Kazuki’s is a beautiful oddity: a Japanese restaurant that guts expectations of the oeuvre like a fish.

Address

121 Lygon St, Carlton, Vic

Hours

Lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm;
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

2-7 courses $75-$150

Lygon Street might not be the first place you'd look for a precise fine-diner marrying French technique with Japanese flavour and ingredients, but Kazuki's is unafraid of unlikely locations, having called Daylesford home until the move to Little Italy in late 2018. The city digs are glamorous in a suitably minimalist way, while the service from meticulously dressed professionals also signals that chef Kazuki Tsuya has ramped it up with the relocation. His food – balanced, handsome and served on beautiful handmade ceramics – also nails the brief. Dishes like a Moreton Bay bug dumpling topped with foamed sake butter, dry-aged Macedon Ranges duck accompanied by radicchio, blackberries and shiitake mushrooms, or raspberries and white chocolate teamed with an exquisite ice-cream flavoured with sour sake lees, can border on the ethereal. The wine offer leans towards finely crafted artisan labels and is accompanied by a page of similarly inclined sake. Consider ordering the extras beyond the set-price menus – neglect the snacks at your own peril (think fresh uni on a kipfler potato chip with cultured cream) – while the nine-score wagyu, at once sweet and rich, grilled on the hibachi over red gum and ironbark, showcases the clever, precise cooking at play here.
Phone:
(03) 9349 2223
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Kazuki Tsuya
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.