What do Kid Kyoto and Nirvana have in common? A passion for pushing the boundaries and grunge music.
“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous”. The team from Sam Prince Hospitality (INDU, Mejico) are opening a new restaurant with an 80s and 90s vibe. Kid Kyoto restaurant will open its doors on Monday 20th November, bringing a punk-rock punch to a modern Japanese menu. The menu will consist of fresh seafood and grilled meat share plates with Head Chef Seb Gee (China Doll, China Diner) lending his expertise behind the restaurant’s charcoal grill.
Kid Kyoto’s seasonally selected “In Bloom” menu will offer guests an izakaya-style experience of modern Japanese culture. The open kitchen’s list of starters includes the Blackened Oyster with pickled ginger, umeboshi mayonnaise and kimchi granita, and the Smoking Salmon with wasabi pea and nori. A standout from the main selection is sure to be the Black Hole Sun Pork Belly with nori jam, apple and pickled radish.
Rosebery distillery Archie Rose has been enlisted to help craft a inventive cocktail menu. The “Japanese Combo” will pair Campari and Amaretto with coffee infused Beefeater and tobacco syrup. Meanwhile the aptly named “Kid Kyo-tini” will infuse Archie Rose KK blended gin with Junmai sake and even edamame shrub. An extensively selection of wine, craft beer, whiskeys, gins and, of course, sakes will also be poured.
Already showcasing their love for inventive flavours at INDU and Mejico, the team at Sam Prince Hospitality Group ventured to Tokyo and Osaka with local Eriko Matsuda to help craft the most authentic modern Japanese experience. Matsuda is the grand consultant behind Kid Kyoto’s ambitious mission to breath punk life into its 120 seat indoor dining room.
Although the menu draws inspiration from the trendiest bars and eateries from the streets of Japan, the soundtrack to the Kid Kyoto experience will be the most vital element. A fist pumping blend worthy of its own cassette tape, the Radiohead and Beck tunes will sit in comfortable punk rock charm alongside large rock-inspired artwork installations.
The brains behind the creative Sri Lankan and Mexican menus at INDU and Mejico respectively, Richard Prout says diner at the affordable Kid Kyoto will resonate with lovers of iconic music unafraid to explore experimental food. “We want the restaurant to appeal to those who love Japanese food, but also who love the music of this era as well,” says Prout. “Guests will come for the food and stay because they hear that song that reminds them of a particular time in their life.”
Prout and his team of punk-rock aficionados are keeping further details of Kid Kyoto closely guarded. However, come spring we hope to be nodding our heads along to the 1990s bangers while enjoying a fresh plate of sashimi with an aftertaste of sake.
Open: Mon 20th November
17-19 Bridge Street Sydney, Australia 2000
(02) 9241 1991