Food Social J: Japan (Invited)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Kumo Izakaya located on the busy Lygon st, reachable by tram no 1 and 8. It only took 15 minutes from Melbourne CBD to get there. Andre Bishop is the founder and owner Kumo Izakaya. He is one of Melbourne's achievers in this business. He has been educating Australian market regarding sake for more than 15 years. Andre has been involve in the making of many other venues such as Golden Monkey, Robot Bar, Izakaya Chuji and Nihonshu Sake Bar. His passion and dedication sake earned him the title of Sake Samurai from Japanese Sake & Shochu Association in 2013. Dassai is one of the world's recognised and prestigious sake, even Japan Prime Minister Abe presented President Obama with Dassai 23. They are well known as a highly smooth yet aromatic sake.

I finally get to meet Andre at one of the Food Social Global Feast event, as usual I was the official photographer of the night. He kindly greeted everyone and even have a chat with each of the guest. He did explain Dassai sake is made using a traditional methods, blended seamlessly with cutting edge technology. He also said since he was a child he's always fascinated with everything Japanese so when he grew up, he went and pursue them. There was one time he said to his restaurant staff that he's going to Japan for 6 months to brew sake at Dassai company, that's how much he love sake.

Kumo Izakaya it self decorated in a modern environment but maintaining the Japanese flare with the decoration and wall art. They have two storey with various seatings; one huge communal table, private room with Japanese seating at the back and a view private seatings for 2-4pp.

The dinner started with some light appretizers; Oyster Shooter - tomato, yuzu infused sake, nori and green chilli syrup/Soy Mushroom (Special for attendee who does not eat raw food) and Seasonal ceviche - avocado puree, fennel, orange, cucumber, lime and black rice cracker. I love the ceviche so much, it was fresh, light yet full of soft, crunchy texture with enough acidity on the dish.

Then the second course were; Steamed Chicken Gyoza - coriander, spring onion, warm citrus broth and Fried Eggplant Dengaku - sweet miso and fennel salad. The gyoza was soft and very taste, enjoyed them very much but the eggplant needed a little bit more sauce and sweetness to it.

Broccoli Tempura - amazu ponzu, Wild Rocket Salad - coconut snow and yuzu dressings and Lam Racks - confit kimchi, spring onion, sesame see, yoghurt and sansho pepper. This three dish were delicious, the brocolli was crunchy, the rocket was fresh with a lil bit of sour note from the yuzu and the lamb was so tender, very well seasoned and no gummy lamb smell at all.

Sake Cream, Cheese Cake - sake lees, popcorn dust, raspberry and caramel or Berry Pannacotta (Special attendee who does not drink alcohol). Well, everybody knows I love pannacotta so I did enjoyed till the very last bite.

The service by Andre him self was warm, friendly and more than generous. I was lucky enough to be seated with him, during dinner he makes various jokes and did explain a chunk of information regarding sake. It was another great event, join me on the next Food Social Global Feast K: Korea event.

Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday-Thursday: 6pm-11pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm-11.30pm
Sunday: 5pm-10.30pm

Kumo Izakaya
152 Lygon St
Brunswick East, VIC 3057