Miss Kasumi is a beautiful contemporary Japanese restaurant in Kew. We were excited to be invited by the restaurant to try their menu as guests, as it has some rare dishes that you don’t usually see on a typical Japanese menu.
I really loved the way it was set up inside. It had a really romantic vibe. There were cherry blossoms framing different areas, and wonderful light features such as the clouds above the sushi bar.
The staff were really welcoming and very knowledgable about the menu.
They have a great looking drinks menu, and the mocktails sounded too good not to order.
This mocktail was delicious: a mango and peach yoghurt fizz. It was fruity and refreshing.
This mocktail sounded so interesting, we just had to try it. A warm orange and elderflower drink. It tasted sweet and floral.
Now, onto the food…
Umami fries ($6) (similar to the ones at Calia, except we liked these better) These were tuffle scented and sprinkled with nori. Crunchy, addictive and a great appetiser!
We also ordered some Jidori Kaarage ($14) (Japanese fried chicken) which was succulent on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
Smoky pork belly ($6) – an indulgent crumbed piece of pork belly, served with applewood smoke, so when you lift the lid, smoke drifts out, filling the air with applewood aroma. This was a very theatrical dish, and it tasted delicious. The pork belly was richly flavoured, with layers of crunchy crumb and spiced pork fat.
I thought the branding on the chopsticks was a nice touch, it shows that thought is put into every aspect of the restaurant.
The Salmon Carpaccio ($14) was thinly sliced salmon, with a soy dressing and topped with micro greens. The salmon was fantastic quality as it literally melted in your mouth, and the dressing was not overpowering. This was one of our favourite dishes of the night.
The wild mushroom pipe ($8.50) was also a highlight. Literally umami in a pastry pipe. Biting into the light flaky pastry uncovered a fragrant mix of wild mushrooms and truffle oil.
We also enjoyed the Angus tataki ($12) which had a delicious garlic vinegar dressing, and was another melt in mouth dish. I love all the micro greens in these dishes as they add texture and a light fresh zing.
Next, the amazing head chef, Lee, came over to our table to guide us through the beautiful sushi he had created for us, and ask us how the meal had gone so far.
Sushi and sashimi moriawase ($26)
How stunning is this? 😍
The fish was super fresh and the rice a perfect temperature and texture.
This is a must order when you visit!
Yummmm. I did not dip any of these into soy sauce, as there was so much flavour there already.
Lee also suggested that we try this delicacy that is rare to find on menus in Australia. He sources it specially, and even does not make a profit on it.
He passionately explained that he wants Miss Kasumi customers to experience unique flavours, innovative dishes and know that he sources only the best ingredients.
Patagonia Toothfish ($45) seriously was AMAZING. It was grilled simply and seasoned with sea salt, which was perfect. This generous serving of fish was so rich, fatty and indulgent. It was the nicest white fish that we had ever had. Basically, if butter was a fish, this would be it.
We feel really lucky to be invited to experience such a wonderful feast from such a fantastic restaurant. There was such attention to detail, invention and flair.
We think that Miss Kasumi is a great date night restaurant, and somewhere to go to have a special night out.
Goodfoodgoodkarma was invited to dine as guests of Miss Kasumi. All our opinions are our own.