Restaurant Reviews


175 Flinders La Melbourne, VIC


When restaurateur Chris Lucas puts his stamp on a cuisine, you can expect his take to be bold. And much like its raucous siblings Chin Chin and Hawker Hall, Kisumé is a Japanese restaurant with the volume turned up. Here, though, that energy doesn’t come via music ricocheting off concrete, but rather three levels of sophisticated drinking and dining, and a sleek, sultry aesthetic of timber, velvet and leather. There’s verve to the menu, too. In the basement and ground-floor restaurant, sushi masters turn out luscious otoro topped with gold leaf and caviar, alfonsino meets black truffle and uni, and pristine pieces of nigiri are artfully dabbed with ginger, shiso or yuzu. Upstairs, Kuro Kisumé is home to a Chablis bar, private rooms and the Table, offering exalted kaiseki dining for 12. Kisumé may not be the purest Japanese experience, but it promises easy enjoyment.


(03) 9671 4888



Bookings recommended


Moon Kyung Soo

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

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

2019 Top 100 Rank – #60

Food: ★

Wine: ★ ★ ★

Gourmet Traveller’s star-ratings, which range from zero to three stars, reflect reviewers’ first-hand experiences. The best-rated restaurants form our national Top 100. Our wine ratings, from zero to three stars, are made by wine editor Max Allen on the strength of the quality of the restaurant’s wine list. View our rating key here.

175 Flinders La Melbourne, VIC
Moon Kyung Soo
Bookings recommended
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am-11.30pm

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