Restaurant Reviews

Kappo: Restaurant review

Kappo

Address

1 Flinders La
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Fri noon-2pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-9.30pm

Prices

Set menus $90-$150

REVIEW

At the beginning of your multi-course omakase meal at Kappo, a waiter will bring a tray of chopsticks, each pair a different style, and ask you to pick which you'd like to use. A similar choice of ceramic sake cup will be offered if you've chosen to match sake with some of the dishes (you should - it's a highlight). This attention to tactile dining detail is typical. The three-year-old space feels a little lived-in and love-worn, but what's put on the table - and how it's put there - is as focused as ever. Expect an exquisite balance of textures, flavours and temperatures from a list that focuses on vegetables and seafood: a cloud of eggwhite and pumpkin tofu bathing in limpid dashi; umami-sweet braised abalone on a puck of confit daikon; the fresh green lift of dill-scented rice and pickles; the crunch of brown sugar ice-cream. Expect brilliant drinks, too, chosen from a broad-ranging and well-priced list.

Phone:
(03) 9639 9500

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Kentaro Usami

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.