Experimental Japanese fare from an ex-Nobu chef, quirky cocktails and a disco-dedicated nightclub are all under the same roof at Kissuu, a new venue on the Darlinghurst stretch of Oxford Street. It’s the creation of Paul Schulte (ex-Prince of York) creative director of Hunger Group (Cafe Parker).
“Having spent a bunch of time travelling in Europe and the States, I love the vibe of a music-driven eating venue,” Richy Penny, Kissuu’s co-director and music curator, tells Broadsheet. “There aren’t many venues like that in Sydney, so we saw a gap in the market.”
Most evenings at Kissuu will begin downstairs, in the dimly lit 40-seat restaurant. Behind the menu is co-director and head chef Adam Burke (ex-Nobu London, Toko Dubai and Sunset Sabi, Manly).
“We wanted the food to be fun, a little bit different, and designed to be shared,” Burke tells Broadsheet. “The owners were very open to me mixing things.”
By that, he means mixing Japanese cuisine with other influences. Among Burke’s favourite dishes are the prawn and scallop gyoza, inspired by his Burmese father. They come served on khao swe (Burmese curried coconut broth), laced with lemon gel and spiced with balachaung (a relish made of onions, garlic, dried shrimp and chillies). He also recommends the kingfish sashimi taco, topped with a yuzu-togarashi (seven-spice) dressing and finger limes, as well as the spatchcock chicken, marinated in koji overnight then roasted over an open wood fire.
To match is an equally creative drinks list. Signature cocktails include the Twisted Geisha (Tanqueray gin, sake, lychee and lemon) and the Next to the Koi Pond (coconut-washed Casamigos Blanco tequila, yuzu, lime and basil).
Kissuu’s late-night parties will happen upstairs in the lounge, which is decked in red neon, plush golden-orange sofas and a DJ booth that looks like a disco ball. It’s much more intimate than most Sydney nightclubs, with space for just 100 dancers. Disco will be the consistent theme.
“I’ve always been a really big disco fan, since I first started stealing my mum’s cassettes, until now,” says Penny. “It’s tasteful and easy to enjoy, and it’s timeless, so it crosses all age groups.”
Most evenings will begin with “funked up” versions of classics by Diana Ross, the Gibson Brothers, Candi Staton and the like, before progressing to disco-house. Penny’s also planning events, such as special monthly parties, and shows by international touring DJs.
245 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 8054 8787
Tue to Sat 4pm–midnight
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