Chopsticks at the ready, Tasmanian-based Japanese restaurant Kosaten opens in Geelong
03.03.2021

Chopsticks at the ready, Tasmanian-based Japanese restaurant Kosaten opens in Geelong

The restaurant was originally planned to open in December.

After seven months in the works, Kosaten Japanese Restaurant has called Geelong’s CBD home by swinging open its doors on Thursday, March 4.

Taking over the space at 110 Ryrie Street, the revered Tasmanian restaurant announced it was opening in Geelong back in September, and while initially thought to open in December, the venue revealed its opening date via social media earlier this month.

The key takeaways

  • Kosaten Japanese Restaurant open in Geelong after months in the works
  • The venue boasts a sushi train, based on the traditional Japanese sushi train restaurant
  • Instead of selecting from a stream of dishes as they travel past, you order from an a la carte menu via an iPad

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Becoming one of Tasmania’s most renowned Japanese restaurants, Kosaten Japanese Restaurant was conceived by business partners Michael Zhang and Kazuhiro Kojima and struck a chord with diners thanks to its unique and playful take on the traditional sushi train eatery that is popular in Japan.

Over there, the train is all about high turnover food production, rapid supply and low dwell time which is perfect for Japan’s large population.

Kosaten Japanese takes a more personalised approach. Instead of selecting from a stream of dishes as they travel past, you order from an a la carte menu via an iPad and the dishes and drinks are delivered directly from the kitchen to you via a train. Shinkansen-style.

With restaurants in both Launceston and Hobart, Kosaten’s creative dishes blend the modern and traditional Japanese culinary style, using the best of Tasmania’s produce wherever possible. From nigiri and sushi rolls to vegetarian delights, there is something for everyone on the appealing menu. You’ll also find oysters, Tataki, sashimi, fried prawns, Soba salad, Miso soup, and Edamame. There’s even Pork Belly, tuna salad, a wakame salad (Japanese style seaweed salad) and Japanese fried chicken, and they cater for vegans, vegetarians and those who are gluten-free, so it’s a good time all around.

You’ll also find some oh-so-delicious sake on the drinks list, alongside a range of beer, wine and cider. It’s of course the dessert that has our mouths watering, with a matcha ice cream, green tea pannacotta and vanilla ice cream with chocolate spring roll. Yum!

Bringing the same core values and intricacies to Geelong, their Ryrie Street menu will feature much of the above but with unique differences to their Tasmanian venues, based on a local chef and ingredients that can be sourced in the Geelong region. Have a browse at their menu online for an idea of what to expect.

As for the venue itself, their two restaurants feature has pendant lighting, moody deep tones, pop of bright colours and intimate booth seating, all of which we’re expecting to see once the doors open tomorrow.

As for what inspired the move to Geelong? Kosaten revealed, “The opportunity came up and we’ve been looking for a while to open a store in Victoria. Geelong seems to be the perfect place to start.”

We’re not going to argue with that.

 

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Specialing in sushi and boasting the neon and vibrancy of Japanese culture, with flavours that are equally fresh and bright on the plate, we can’t wait to get a taste of this fun and interactive dining experience.

You’ll find the venue at 110 Ryrie Street. They are open Monday – Saturday for lunch 11.30am-3pm and dinner from 5pm till late (kitchen closes at 9pm). ⁠Visit them on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.