Mietta's ReviewWatch a real master prepare your sushi at the bar or sit back and enjoy excellent table service or the seclusion of one of the private rooms. Very popular with tourists and locals alike. A good selection of Yarra Valley wines available as well. All in all, a very pleasant and well run place.
Other Published Opinions
The Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 15/20
Gourmet Traveller 2013 Australian Restaurant Guide "Tradition reigns at CBD stalwart Kenzan. Interiors of wood veneer and partition screens are as predictable as the menu of above-average sushi and sashimi, immaculately presented lunch boxes and simple nabe ryori dishes such as sukiyaki and shabu shabu"
Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 15/20, One Hat
Herald Sun Stephen Downes, 29 November 2011 Score: , Staff: 8/10, Drink: 3/5, , Value: 6/10, Total 34/50 "Traditional Japanese restaurant serving well-known dishes of reliable quality.Read full review ...
Gourmet Traveller 2012 Australian Restaurant Guide "Dining at Kenzan is like listening to the Australian Chamber Orchestra play Pachelbel's Canon: the notes are familiar, but they're played with a grace and precision worthy of respect"
Age Good Food Guide 2012 Score: 14.5/20
Age Good Food Guide 2011 Score: 15/20, One Hat
Gourmet Traveller 2011 Australian Restaurant Guide "What's not broke s"
Gourmet Traveller 2010 Australian Restaurant Guide "After more than two decades, Age has begun to weary Kenzan's pine and cream fit-out. What once seemed sleek and serene is now merely serene. Yet the lack of visual distraction does focus attention on the food, which remains as steadfast as ever"
Age Good Food Guide 2009 Score: 15/20
Gourmet Traveller 2009 Australian Restaurant Guide "It isn't the dated fit-out that continues to draw business people, tourists and expats to one of Melbourne's oldest Japanese restaurants. Nor is it the pricey wine list, a dessert menu offering little more than ice-cream, or the seating lottery where walk-ups get prime location over those who booked weeks in advance"
Age Good Food Guide 2008 Score: 15/20
Gourmet Traveller 2008 Australian Restaurant Guide "Pine furniture, neutral carpet, slatted screens - superficially, Kenzan sticks to the classic template of Japanese restaurants, seemingly afraid to offend by risking a more outre statement"
Herald Sun Bob Hart, 14-04-07 "JAPANESE food was the tiniest blip in a remote corner of the nation's radar when Kenzan opened its doors some 25 years ago. ... But there is no doubt that our enthusiasm, and their efforts, have been part of a parallel process that has changed the eating habits of a nation. And when I made, with a mate, one of my regular visits to Kenzan last week, the place was as inspiring as on my first visit, almost 20 years ago."
Age Good Food Guide 2006 score 15/20
Gourmet Traveller 2006 Australian Restaurant Guide "Little has changed at Kenzan in over 20 years and that is a very good thing. Fortunately, the combination of excellent sushi and sashimi, swift service, a welcoming room and decent wine and sake list never goes out of fashion."
Age Good Food Guide 2005
Gourmet Traveller 2005 Restaurant Guide "Now aged 21, it has lost some of its early lustre, but retains a well-deserved reputation for good food, fine wine and welcoming service in a setting of understated elegance."
Age Good Food Guide 2004 1 hat, score 15/20
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Australia 2004, Good vegetarian options,'Kenzan is a Japanese food-lovers' treat...There is also a selection of set menus and chef's banquets that allows diners to sample a range of dishes...a good range of sake.'
Age, 3/10/2003, Epicure, Unexplored Territory, Matt Preston
Age, Sunday Life, Eat Streets, 28/7/02
Herald Sun, Weekend, Eat, Bob Hart, 19/1/02
Age, SundayLife, eatstreets, 9/7/2000 Jane Faulkner
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