New Japanese Restarant KY-OTO opens at Kensington Street’s Spice Alley (Sydney)

KY-OTO has opened on Kensington Street’s Spice Alley, offering the option of Japanese cuisine to visitors of the hawker-style laneway, furthering the ongoing evolution of Kensington Street’s incredible range of dining options.


KY-OTO is designed to capture two distinct elements of the Kyoto restaurant experience. The indoor dining room, housed in a heritage terrace house, adjoins an outdoor eating area located in Spice Alley. The restaurant offers the choice between casual outdoor-eating, or the opportunity for “a more refined, intimate meal in the dining room”, says Dr Stanley Quek, Greencliff Executive Chairman.


The internal dining room offers a broader range of ramen, udon and don dishes, and a wider selection of traditional Kyoto food, including Japanese pancakes ($12-14), takoyaki octopus balls ($5.80) and tempura ($3.50-$4). The courtyard offers a more casual dining experience, with homemade ramen ($11-$12), hot and cold udon ($9-$11) and a variety of hearty rice dishes on the menu.

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“The design of KY-OTO continues LAVA’s work bridging East and West, past and present, crossing boundaries to create a lively experience and a sense of place”, says Chris Bosse, director of LAVA, the Australian-German architecture firm who designed KY-OTO.

KY-OTO is located at 38 Kensington Street and within Spice Alley, and is open everyday 11am – 10pm. Click here for further information.

Photos supplied by KY-OTO