08 Jul Miss Kasumi, Kew
Kew seems to be a little quiet on the foodie front, particularly when you consider all the new openings popping up in surrounding suburbs like Richmond and Camberwell. Miss Kasumi quietly opened up late last year, taking its place on the corner that used to be the home of Tassal’s outlet store and cafe.
It’s slick and spacious, and even has a seating right at the sushi bar. The quality of the seafood used in the sushi is top notch – the anago and salmon toro nigiri are particularly mouthwatering.
Hotate Blossom is a crisp, fried zucchini flower stuffed with a moist mixture of scallops and fish roe. Each piece of 77°C Octopus is a tender and well-seasoned morsel. The Ikura chawanmushi is beautifully smooth and comes completely covered by a layer of salmon roe, which also introduces a taste of sea into each mouthful.
I haven’t seen anago tempura before, and it’s a good first experience. The tempura is light and crunchy, and the matcha salt lends seasoning and subtle tea flavour. The Nori Waffle is another highlight, with its crunchy nori base, fresh and smooth Yellowfin, extra umami from a restrained sprinkling of shaved parmesan and ikura, and a bit of a spicy kick.
From the large dish section of the menu, Miso Lobster is an indulgent combination of lobster tail chunks, truffled miso and plenty of mushrooms. The perfectly cooked Duck is brightened up by yuzu gel, and freshened up both visually and flavour-wise by the light touch of micro greens.
We come to the sweet part of the meal. There’s a decent hit of black sesame in the blocks of panna cotta, which are also slightly firmer than usual. The black sesame tuille creates a bit of extra texture to the dessert. Goma Moon is more subtle on the flavour front, and isn’t particularly sweet either – a good option for the non-sweet tooths out there who are still keen for a palate cleanser.
Miss Kasumi delivers a good first impression, and particularly as a new restaurant, it has plenty of room to fine-tune its food and drink offerings to its growing clientele.