By melding Japanese cuisine with 80s and 90s alternative rock, Kid Kyoto has created a unique personality with undeniable appeal. Kid Kyoto puts a rebellious twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya, with immaculate plates served and enjoyed between concrete walls adorned with torn music posters and grunge song lyrics.
The musical theme is strong across the board, with a menu divided into sections such as ‘Raw and Unplugged’, ‘Main Stage’, ‘B-Sides’ and ‘Encore’, and the bill presented to guests in a CD case.
Standout dishes include the Black Hole Sun (slow-cooked pork belly with apple, seaweed jam, and pickled radish) and the preserved lemon chicken tsukune (grilled meatballs) with ‘onsen’ egg and chilli oil perched on a ‘bird nest’ of fried leek.
Even the three-item dessert menu doesn’t fail to impress; try the toasted yuzu meringue with matcha crumble and blueberry and umeshu jelly, or choose the refreshing Calpis granita served with strawberry eucalyptus sorbet, drunk honeydew melon and black sesame.
Kid Kyoto also offers a good selection of beer, wine, Japanese whisky and sake, as well as innovative cocktails that will no doubt surprise Japanese and Australian diners alike.