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KI NO BI Nagashi-Somen Noodle Pop-Up

Kid Kyoto is being transformed into a nagashi-sōmen restaurant for one week as part of this noodle and gin pop-up.
By Ben Hansen
June 05, 2023
By Ben Hansen
June 05, 2023

Whether you're a lover of gin, a noodle fanatic or just pining for a trip to Japan, Kid Kyoto in the CBD is hosting a week-long pop-up that you're going to want to nab a seat at.

Kyoto gin distillery KI NO BI is coming to Sydney for a six-night takeover of the Bridge Lane restaurant that's spotlighting two heroes of the menu: gin cocktails and nagashi-sōmen noodles.

Nagashi-sōmen is a unique Japanese style of eating with a participatory twist. The thin noodles are delivered to your table via little bamboo waterslides that the noods shoot down for you to catch and then dip in a bowl of broth. If you need a visual representation to wrap your head around it check out this nagashi-sōmen vlog on YouTube.

A favourite in Kyoto, this playful way of enjoying noodles will pop up at Kid Kyoto courtesy of KI NO BI alongside a four-course menu and gin cocktails.

It's not just noodles on the menu. You'll also enjoy dynamite snacks like charred edamame, ocean trout sashimi, chicken tsukune, braised lamb rump and a white chocolate Japanese custard pudding with rhubarb sorbet dessert. When it comes to the cocktails, expect combinations spotlighting various KI NO BI gins paired with the likes of green tea and sake, Tio Pepe Fino sherry and Bianco vermouth, or grapefruit, ginger and yuzu. Rounding out the menu is three special flavour-packed broths that have been created to pair with the noodles as you collect them from your bamboo chute.

The dining experience is running from Tuesday, June 6–Sunday, June 10 with two sessions on each weekday (6–8pm and 8.30–10.30pm), three on Saturday (12–2pm, 5–7pm and 7.30–9.30pm) and two on Sunday (5–7pm and 7.30–9.30pm). Tickets will set you back $150.

Christopher Pearce

Top image: Christopher Pearce

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