The Chef's Table - Kuro Kisume
Our initial impression on entering the building was not one of being welcomed by the woman behind the high desk, very officious, not friendly. However, the girl who walked us upstairs was lovely and showed us our seat at the bar, while we waited for our 8.30pm chef's table session. We then were given just a wine list by another waitress who came back to take our order and we asked if there was a cocktail list, she went away and came back with the cocktail list and stood over us impatiently waiting for us to select our drinks. There was quite a list to read, so we asked for a little time to read over. This waitress then did not show up again to take our order, so we needed to ask a waiter could we order a drink. Once we were escorted to the private 12 seat Chef's table we could not be happier. The service was impeccable from the dining staff. The food was sensational, our fav was the octopus! Each course was beautifully presented , and the ingredients used were a taste explosion and even though there was 19 courses we did not leave feeling bloated or full. We selected the wine pairing which matched the dishes, the sommelier was generous, courteous and knowledgeable. The Chef was professional and described each dish. Definitely one of my top meals ever. Just a shame we came across a couple of blunt discourteous staff at the start of the evening. They could certainly learn how to treat diners with respect and happiness from the staff looking after the Chef's Dining Room.
The service and the ambiance is very good, the food is only alright, oysters are terrible(not fresh)
The chef table is worth every cents. Delicious food with beautiful display. Only thing is a bit of noisy from the other part of restaurant.
Hands down the best dining experience and food I’ve had in Australia.
Loved the food experience, however the premium drinks was very expensive. I don’t think it’s worth $160 p/p wouldn’t do that again.
very special experience, outstanding food and service, like no other in Melbourne, very Japanese yet so the best of what is Australian, 'fusion' of the best of the world with the best of Australian, instead of sushi fish you might expect to be sourced from Japan, you get our very own local amazing sustainable produce, exquisite!
Great food, Japanese with a twist of theatre. Set menu covers all levels of adventure. Great drink menu if you choose to go your own way.
Amazimg service and food here. Our chef Yong was fantastic !
Beautiful quality food. The chef talked about what he was serving us and where the protein was from. It's a fusion between the Japanese culture and others. Highly recommended!
In the top ten meals I've eaten...ever. Just amazing. One of those meals where you wake up the next morning and your tongue is still delighting about the tastes from the night before. The service was first class too. Can't recommend this more highly. I'm desperately trying to find a reason to go back asap.
My husband chose Kisume for his birthday dinner and in his words “best meal I have ever had”! The quality of food was exceptional, the speed for each dish was on point and although a shared table felt like it was just you in the room with the chef! Wonderful experience we both enjoyed thoroughly
Top notch food and presentation at the Chef's Table. Money well spent for the high quality and level of creativity served by the Chef.
Great experience for any special occassion.
Simply the best omakase I have ever experienced. The food was to die for. Exquisite. And the chef was fun and entertaining.
Food was good and creative. However , it’s not traditional Japanese dishes. If you expect to have traditional Omakase (chef’s choices), you may be disappointed. Knowing it’s more like creative/fusion dishes as your expectations, you’d enjoy it.
Took my boyfriend here for chef's table, we were very satisfied and happy with the overall experience. The food was amazing, presentation was outstanding and service was considerate and professional. We discussed coming back again and do plan to. Thank you so much for this experience. It made our night
Had a great night with staff being very accomodating and topping it off with some tasty food
Creative dishes with excellent fresh + seasonal ingredients, great interaction with the che fand a fun experience overall
Truly extraordinary. One of the best meals of my life.
Beautiful quiet ambience with outstanding Japanese cuisine. Highly recommend
What an experience! The food was unbelievable. 19 courses of the most spectacular ingredients I have ever had. Definitely a must do.
It was great!
Delightful Omakase experience brought to life by a charming and creative chef.
The food was exceptional as was the service. It was also a surprisingly relaxed and enjoyable to share the table with others and watch the master chef in action. I’d highly recommend.
Had birthday dinner here, was great! first time having omakase
$195 pp is definitely worth it, the chef table downstairs looks really good too, would go back to try
We did the chefs table at Kisume and it was just awesome! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was lovely. The whole experience was stunning. The wagu beef and foie gras was out of this world!!
It was a beautiful experience. Every piece of sushi was lovingly made. I liked the innovative take. Some purists might frown on it, but this makes it special to Melbourne.
Girlfriend found this place on both Social Media and through adverts and such. We went while on a short weekend to Melbourne, and I will say, that the Omakase that they provide is amazing. The food on the night was a 19 course menu, each meal tasting unique from one another. All the food served on the night was prepared and made to eat in front of us. A very friendly as well as a very knowledgeable chef, providing an explanation for each meal prepared for us.
If you are after a fun dining experience with some fantastic Japanese Omakase, this is definitely the place to book and try out. The price for the dining experience was dear but I would say, the experience, the company as well as the great food is worth every cent.
I highly recommend this to those who are interested in a good Omakase experience and want to have a good evening out with partners/friends.
Food was good, however there were simply too many sushi dishes. Something like 13-15 of the total 19 dishes were sushi. Receiving hot or fried dishes were a godsend but then after straight back into the sushi.
Also too much wasabi was used, overpowering the flavors of the dish and it was used on at least half of all meals.
Too much used on singular dishes and overall throughout the night as a whole
Fabulous venue and a great experience. We did the chefs table with matching wines and it was all lovely. My only caveat would be to be aware that there’s a lot of sushi. I think we worked out that 14 of the 19 courses were sushi, had there been a bit more variety eg there was a broth and a small tart, I’d have given 5 stars across the board
ONE OF THE BEST FOOD EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD! tHE QUALITY WAS AMAZING AND THE SERVICE WAS TOO. tHE ONLY COMMENTS I WILL MAKE IS THAT THE THEATRE THAT IS SHOWN IN THE INSTAGRAM VIDEOS WAS A BIT DIFFERENT TO THE ACTUAL THEATRE OF THE NIGHT. BUT NOT IN A BAD WEAY...
We were blown away by the food presentation and taste
Ate at the Chef's Table, omakase style. Was SUPER impressed by every single item. Mind blown. Would definitely recommend to anyone that loves Japanese cuisine to try this place. I've eaten at many 3 and 2 hat restaurants and this place takes number 1 on my list
There was a slight delay of 30 minutes before we were seated, however, once the Chef’s Table experience started, it was outstanding. The chef’s creativity really shines through.
Exceptional food coupled with exceptional service. I would highly recommend, it is worth the hefty price tag.
We absolutely loved the Chef’s Table experience! Amazing meal, amazing night. Worth every penny!
Had a great experience. From service to food, everything was amazing. The only thing was we were celebrating our friend’s birthday and would be great if restaurant can organise a birthday celebration like wrtie a msg on the dessert plate and etc to be more memorable. Apart from that, everything was enjoyable.
Outstanding. Highly recommended. Joshua was great. Thank you for such a wonderful experience and delicious food
The concept was excellent as was the interaction with the head chef who prepared the food in fron of us.
The food was spectacular with a heavy emhasis on seafood that night.
The matching wine and/or sake was excellent (just misisng a big red).
The seating was a bit of fun with some interaction with other guests.
The evening consists of 19 delectable courses served by an entertaining chef to a private room of 12 guests over 3 hours. The food was creative, perfectly balanced, beautifully presented and will transcend you to culinary heaven. The Chef’s Table at Kisume has become my favourite restaurant and I will definitely be back multiple times!