Introducing Kid Kyoto

Sam Prince Hospitality Group get set to rock Sydney with an alternative take on Japanese dining

Sam Prince Hospitality Group has revealed the name and concept of our newest CBD restaurant, due to open this Spring. Kid Kyoto will offer a rebellious take on Japanese cuisine, inspired by the rocking, unplugged sounds of the 80’s and 90’s – cue Nirvana, Radiohead and Beck.


Kid Kyoto will be the third restaurant concept for us. Located on Bridge Lane, it will join our other city-dining offerings; market-fresh Mexican at Mejico, and village inspired Sri Lankan and Southern Indian found at INDU.


Themed by an era of music that encouraged its listeners to be different, the menu will push the boundaries of contemporary Japanese cooking with the restaurant design reflecting its bold, unashamed attitude.


Kid Kyoto’s concept has been devotedly developed in consultation with Dr Sam Prince’s friend Eriko Matsuda, a Tokyo local hailing from Osaka. Ms Matsuda works closely with the team, inspiring and consulting on everything from menu and design, to dashi and sake.


Richard Prout; the creative brain behind SPHG’s food and beverage and the man responsible for menu development for the Group, alongside its talented chefs, comments on the inspiration drawn from time recently spent in Japan with Eriko:

“The whole restaurant - what you see, hear, taste, smell and touch - will be influenced by the soundtrack we listened to whilst visiting Japan. In particular the music of the Izakaya’s in Tokyo and Kyoto.  We want the restaurant to appeal to those who love Japanese food, but also who love the music of this era as well. People who can relate to these iconic bands and their experimental and expressive sounds. Guests will come for the food and stay because they hear that song that reminds them of a particular time in their life.”

Joining Richard are Head Chef Seb Gee (China Doll, China Diner) and General Manager Jessica Duncan (Jamie’s Italian).


Seb joins the team with a smattering of successful restaurant openings under his belt, and a passion for cooking artistic Asian cuisine. Jess brings a wealth of experience in restaurant openings and a thirst to have the perfect drinks list to accompany Kid Kyoto’s menu. Jess and the team will welcome guests through the doors in late Spring and into a whole new and daring world.


Located on Bridge Lane, Kid Kyoto will open for lunch and dinner.

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