Kahii’s Japanese-Inspired Kissaten Transforms Into Wine Bar by Night

Drink, Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 28 November 2022

Following in the wake of their recently hatted sister venue Kuro, Kahii will expand their offering into the evening with signature Japanese-inspired bites alongside a thoughtful French-driven wine list. 

Opening back in 2016 as one of Sydney’s first speciality cafés, Kahii has developed a loyal following of javaphiles offering a calm and comfortable refuge in the middle of the city to relax, socialise or catch a quick caffeine fix, prepared by passionate baristas. 

Following a one-year closure, Kahii is all set to reveal an intimate new fit-out, that transitions seamlessly from day to night as part of an extended offering from the much-loved coffee house in Sydney’s CBD. As afternoon coffee turns to after-work drinks, Kahii shapeshifts from a Japanese-inspired kissaten into a moody, candlelit wine bar with a French-driven wine list, featuring dishes by Kuro’s Executive chef Taka Teramoto and a Japanese beer and sake collection. 

The 20-seat fit-out features a combination of dining, bar and street seating dotted throughout a refined space that’s rich in heritage. The large wrap-around black stone bar forms the grand centrepiece of a stylishly understated space backdropped to dark natural timbers, textured sandstone and brass accents. The setting creates the perfect ambience for intimate evenings shared over a relaxed, Japanese-inspired menu perfectly paired with the finest French wines. 

The wine list has been carefully hand-picked from iconic regions in France, featuring labels that bear unique characteristics as well as compelling stories that bring a new perspective to each sip. Kahii continues to build up their cellar as they procure more small batches and hard-to-get labels. 

Kahii Kissaten & Wine Bar

Although Japanese-inspired fare might not be the first thought to mind with a French-forward winelist, Kuro’s Executive chef, Taka Teramoto has expertly forged a transnational fusion with food and wine singing in complete harmony. Lighter dishes include 2GR Wagyu tartare with egg yolk jam and anchovy emulsion working through to larger plates of John Dory frito with Manchego, burnt lemon, and sukiyaki red wine – a must-try from the selection of larger plates. Desserts pay tribute to Kahii’s daytime offering with coffee-infused delights including chocolate mousse with cacao and Kahii’s season coffee syrup. 

Kahii’s wine bar is now open Tuesday – Saturday 5-10pm. Find out more here.

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