Kahii Kissaten

Start your day with matcha and croissants and end it with wine and oysters — all at this inner-city spot.
Sarah Templeton and Orlaith Costello
Published on May 02, 2024
Updated on June 12, 2024


There aren't many spots in the city catering to both the pre-work and post-work crowds, but Kahii Kissaten Bistro aims to do just that. It transitions from a cafe slinging specialty tea, coffee, sandwiches and pastries to an intimate cocktail, wine and snack bar, ideal for after-work drinks or date night spots.

The younger sibling to the nearby bar and restaurant Kuro, Kahii Kissaten is found on Kent Street in a heritage building. It's a modern take on the traditional Kissaten coffeehouses in Japan, which focus on coffee, socialising and small bites.

Wile away the morning with house-roasted small-batch coffee, Uji-sourced matcha or the viral black sesame cloud drink and croissant. Return for lunch to enjoy one of Kahii's famous pork katsu sando or green tea soba noodles

As day transitions to night, Kahii converts into a bistro with a largely French wine menu carefully constructed by their in-house head sommelier. There are also classic, tea-based and coffee-based cocktails from renowned bartender Fumiaki Michishita, plus an extensive range of sake and spirits.

Kuro also offers a curated evening menu for Kahii's punters. Small bites include appellation rock oysters, confit salmon with herb tofu and seared kingfish sashimi. Or for something heartier: fried chicken and wagyu steak with crispy potatoes.

Images: KW Photography, Matthew Wong


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