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Kisume Lunch Bento Box Perfect for City Workers

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Kisumé on Flinders Lane provides one of the best dining experiences in Melbourne, and their new lunch bento box offerings are compelling.
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Multi award winning Kisumé is one of the hottest restaurants in the country (for example featured in The Australian Hottest 50 Restaurants), with a superb fit out, masterstroke concept by the Lucas Group, and has diverse dining and beverage offerings. You can go "big" here for a luxurious memorable Japanese dining experience (for example sit at the bar and order platters and Chablis) but you can also grab a taste of luxury by visiting for a relatively quick bento box lunch. Their new bento box offering is perfect for city workers who want a touch of class and have time constraints – think saikyo salmon and tenderloin with foie gras.
The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the lunch bento box and we were highly impressed! We chose the Tenderloin and Foie Gras lunch bento box and it was one of the best dishes we have eaten all year.
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The bento box comes with wasabi root salad, edamame, chimake fluke, no nori no rice, miso soup, and a bowl of rice. Each element was top notch. The edamame was a highlight in itself with slight char and delicious seasoning. The miso soup was also a standout, as was the salad with wasabi root and beetroot. A serving of 3 pieces of high quality sushi was consumed savouring every morsel, after dipping in the shallow bowl of soy sauce of course. I know I'm raving about this but the Tenderloin with foie gras was a pure delight, melt in your mouth indulgent experience you wished would never end.
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 With wine by the glass (or bottle) on offer a Heathcote Nebbiolo went down a treat with the bento lunch box.
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I noticed several groups of city workers around me. Sure you can grab a cheap noodle bowl across the city; but when you get together with colleagues, your work team, and with clients, you often want a touch of class. Personally although the Kisumé lunch bento box is a bit more expensive than other bento boxes around Melbourne it's about 10 times better and I consider it to be excellent value. Let's face it - tenderloin and foie gras is a sensational indulgence. Plus the dish came out after a short wait, perfect for city workers on a lunch break. (Or of course say you're in a meeting and stay for a few hours).
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I was privileged also to experience the famous Hazelnut dacquoise orb like dessert, filled with chocolate mousse and Frangelico cream. One of the best desserts in Melbourne. Presentation was first class. Enjoyed with a premium sake with plum nuances.
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Also after four seasons of Kaiseki Kisumé, the 12-seat Chef’s Table has moved to the format of a multi-course sushi omakase that will run for the next few seasons. 
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The experience uses only seafood and products drawn from our Australian land and seas. Both Chef Jangyong Hyan (Yong) and Chef Shinya Nakano are two of Australia’s leading sushi masters who have overseen the sushi program for Kisume since opening and continue to serve arguably Australia’s best sushi. Highly recommended.