At Kid Kyoto the menu of Japanese-ish fare brims with punchy flavours and the dishes are named after ’80s and ’90s grunge and rock songs (which also play on the sound system). It’s an abstract concept for a restaurant.
The Black Hole Sun pork belly is a sticky mound of nori-jam-glazed, deep-fried pork belly plated with a clump of bright yellow pickled daikon – a riff on the colours and contrasts of Soundgarden’s 1994 Superunknown album cover.
The Lake of Fire is a Nirvana-song-inspired kingfish ceviche with pickled watermelon, lemon aspen and roast wakame kosho.
At the bar you’ll find a menu of creative and colourful cocktails also named after songs and albums from the era. There’s also a large range of sake and shochu.
The venue and atmosphere, designed by Pinnacle Commercial Interiors, is more representative of Sydney dining trends than any venue or place associated with grunge. It has exposed ceilings, polished concrete, dim lighting, torn posters and a “come as you are” sign written in kanji.
17/19 Bridge Street, Sydney