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Kissuu Is Oxford Street's New Multi-Storey Venue Offering Japanese Eats and Disco Dance Parties

Two of Sydney's favourite things — Japanese food and heaving dance floors — come together at this multi-level venue.
By Ben Hansen
November 15, 2022
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By Ben Hansen
November 15, 2022
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Oxford Street is no stranger to a party, and a new multi-storey venue is bringing more good times to the bustling street. Kissuu is combining two of Sydney's favourite activities — hitting the dance floor and snacking on top-notch Japanese food. Now open in Darlinghurst, the combination bar and restaurant is serving up feeds from former Nobu chef Adam Burke and disco curated by his partner, DJ Richy Penny, five nights a week.

"We miss Sydney's glory days and we're so ready to bring the energy back and provide our guests with the complete package under one roof — an exceptional restaurant layered with a late-night bar boasting a rotation of the best DJs on the scene," Penny says. "It's the sort of place you can keep coming back to for a guaranteed quality night out."

The two levels of Kissuu each provide distinct energy and utility. Downstairs is the 40-seat restaurant, boasting moody lighting, an eye-catching green marble counter, several banquet tables and a collection of Burke's Japanese dishes that he's perfected across his time in kitchens at Nobu London, Toko Dubai, Gordan Ramsay's restaurants and Sunset Sabi.

The menu is calling out to be enjoyed as a banquet-style feast of share plates, however, it can also be attacked solo. There are snacks like stuffed chicken wings with prawn and wasabi kimchi or tempura Balmain bug lettuce cups; prawn and scallop dumplings; crispy tuna, kingfish or eggplant tacos; and a wood-fired robata menu staring the likes of miso-glazed toothfish, lamb ribs and koi-marinated spatchcock.

"This menu is all about using fresh ingredients, having fun and making delicious and creative dishes," Burke says. "My unique style draws inspiration from my extensive travels around the world and my Burmese heritage to create Japanese dishes that celebrate local, seasonal and native ingredients."

Head upstairs and the attention shifts from the food to the music. According to Penny, "Disco lends itself perfectly to getting a sexy Japanese eatery grooving."

Once you're ready to cut shapes, you can head to the luminous dance floor, flooded by red neon lights. Complimenting the Diana Ross and Gibson Brothers remixes emerging from the DJ booth are orange lounges, mirrored walls and Kissuu's vibrant cocktail menu.

"We are going to have our guests shifting in their seats, then as the night goes on, the volume will go up and the dance floor will come to life!" continues Penny. "The intimate space makes it feel like you're at the most epic house party with 100 of your closest friends and with our international connections, depending on who is in town, you never know who you could catch playing."

Kissuu is located at 245 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. It's open 4pm–late, Tuesday–Saturday.

Published on November 15, 2022 by Ben Hansen
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