Spearheaded by an ex-Nobu chef (Adam Burke) and music curator and DJ, Richy Penny, Kissuu is bringing culinary finesse to Oxford Street’s late-night party scene.
2022 has seen Oxford Street undergo something of a restoration, with Noir – Sydney’s first new club in over a decade – popping up earlier this year, and Oxford House bursting onto the scene this spring in the form of a Palm Springs-inspired boutique hotel. And now, the renaissance continues with the arrival of an all-new Japanese restaurant and party bar set to open later this week.
The intimate two level-venue has been designed with good times in mind with a moody, dimly lit 40-seat restaurant downstairs and a futuristic neon orange lounge upstairs, lined with red neon and a disco ball-inspired DJ booth.
The Japanese-inspired menu draws upon Burke’s own extensive travels around the world and as well as his Burmese heritage, to create Japanese dishes that hero local, seasonal and native ingredients.
With dishes designed to share, the satiating snack menu is the perfect way to commence your night. Grab a spot at the green marbled counter bar or one of the sleek banquette tables and dive into bar snack classics with an elevated Japanese twist including; stuffed chicken wings with prawn and wasabi kimchi; tempura Balmain bug lettuce cups with umami mayo and caviar; and crisp bite-sized tacos filled with tuna with wasabi oil.
The woodfired robata grill is central to Kissuu’s signature hot dishes which include firm favourites like the miso glazed toothfish with daikon and lamb ribs with moromiso and pomegranate.
The accompanying drinks list is short, sharp and perfectly curated. Signature cocktails like the ‘Twisted Geisha’ made with Tanqueray, sake, lychee and lemon are the perfect refreshment to break up an evening of hopping between bar and dancefloor.
Upstairs on the dancefloor, Penny has applied the same curated craftsmanship to the space as Burke does to the menu, with a lineup of Sydney’s finest selectors and DJs playing most nights. Guests can expect the kind of classics and funked-up edits of Diana Ross, Gibson Brothers and Candi Station backdropped to a disco ball-inspired DJ booth, reflecting the colourful red neon lights and dancing bodies, creating the illusion of an infinite dancefloor.
Monthly Sunday brunch parties will soon be added to the mix and the Kissuu experience will expand beyond its four walls for some soon-to-be-announced parties and events over the coming months. Head to Kissuu’s website to keep up with all the latest.