Alphington’s Kissaten is a traditional café with a convincing modern Japanese influence
13.11.2020

Alphington’s Kissaten is a traditional café with a convincing modern Japanese influence

Words by Eva Marchingo

From the brains behind Mr Miyagi, Locale Espresso and Sir Charles.

In Japanese, ‘kissaten’ translates to tearoom or coffee shop. Alphington’s sublime iteration is a traditional café with a convincing modern Japanese influence.

The dream team behind Kissaten includes Adam Wright, previously of Locale Espresso; head chef Edward Noble, previously of Au79 and Sir Charles; and manager Byron McLachlan, who is ex-Mr Miyagi and Chin Chin.

With a spacious interior and a focus on community, the space is relaxed and contemporary. The Japanese influence doesn’t end with the food either. The café’s hip Japanese garden-inspired courtyard is a relaxing place for you and your dog, who might just get a treat on the way in.

On the menu at Kissaten, you can expect breakfast ramens, omurice, donburi rice bowls, katsu chicken burgers, mushroom soba salads and okonomiyaki sprawling a repertoire spanning both breakfast and lunch.

Their Japanese-style donuts are also becoming a fan favourite with flavours including yuzu curd, iced vovo, and honey joy. And they pair perfectly with the coffee on offer, sourced from the sustainably-focussed Locale Espresso.

If you’re vego or vegan, Kissaten has something for you, and also caters for most dietary requirements.

Then there’s Kissaten Mado (‘mado’ is window in Japanese), the eatery’s perfect alternative to dining in. Located at the back off the venue, off the car park, Kissaten Mado provides a contactless café experience. Simply preorder via Kissaten’s Mr Yum takeaway menu, drive-in and have your order brought to your car.

Alternatively, Kissaten delivers too, with free delivery available to the local area via Mr Yum for orders over $25.

For more on Kissaten, check out their website.

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