The Lucas Group is the operation behind some of Melbourne’s most famous oriental eating venues. Owned by Restaurateur Chris Lucas, it is responsible for institutions like Chin Chin, Hawker Hall, Kong BBQ, and now it is adding Kisumé – a three-level Japanese restaurant, to the fold.
Kisumé, meaning a pure obsession with beauty, holds a lot of personal sentiment for Lucas, who’s daughter was born in Tokyo.
“It’s the culmination of years of hard work and fulfills a dream that one day I could do justice to the beauty and elegance of Japanese food right here in my home town.”
Embarking on this adventure alongside Lucas is Senior Executive Chef K S Moon, a highly regarded Japanese master executive chef who is also an international Sake sommelier, and has some crazy extensive qualifications, including being blowfish (fugu) certified, a title that doesn’t come easily. Moon is coming to Melbourne via his signature restaurant, Mikuni in Singapore.
Joining Chef Moon and Lucas is Executive Chef Shaun Presland, who built his career as one of Australia’s most highly regarded contemporary Japanese chefs by living and working in Tokyo from the age of 21. He then went on to open Nobu in the Bahamas, as well as Sydney’s Sushi-E and the original Sake in the Rocks.
If it’s all sounding too good to be true, the high profile list of Japanese cuisine masters doesn’t stop there. The Lucas Group’s General Manager of Wine, Philip Rich will curate the extensive wine and sake list at Kisumé with the help of Marcus Tschuschnig, former Food and Beverage Director of the renowned MASA omakase restaurant in New York.
Aware of the sacrifices his team is making for Kisumé, Lucas said he is excited for the doors of his new restaurant to open.
“I’m also very proud that world-class talents like Chef Moon, Shaun and Markus are making Melbourne their home, along with their families, which is a huge personal commitment and recognition of Melbourne’s standing as one of the great food cities of the world,” said Lucas.
Kisumé is set to open at 175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne in May this year, with architect Wood Marsh managing the build and interior.