Our founder, Kuma, hails from a fishing village in Hokkaido, and has brought with him to Australia his discipline and
perfection for authentic, handmade Japanese cuisine.
Kuma wants you to enjoy traditional Japanese food in the authentic way – gathered with friends and family around
a table, sharing various delightful dishes.
The executive chef/owner, Mr Motomu KUMANO grew up in a small Japanese fishing town of Shiraoi in the Hokkaido prefecture.
He developed a passion for food and started cooking at a young age of 16. At the age of 19, Motomu enrolled in Tsuji culinary institute in Osaka, one of the best culinary schools in Japan.
After achieving many awards as a student, Motomu was invited to join some of the busiest restaurants in Osaka and spent approximately five years working as a valued chef at Den Japanese Restaurant.
In 2005, an opportunity presented itself for Motomu to move to Melbourne, Australia. He was quickly offered the position chef at Kenzan Japanese Restaurant.
In the winter of 2011, Motomu, wanting more responsibility and a new challenge, opened his own restaurant KOMEYUI JAPANESE RESTAURANT in the inner-city suburb, Port Melbourne.
In 2020, Motomu opened his second venue in South Melbourne where he wanted to introduce the local people to not only, some of the truly exquisite food that he enjoys in Japan, but offer supreme quality food and an amazing dining atmosphere. The restaurant focuses on the importance of being offline whilst offering the freshest, local produce.
THE MEANING BEHIND ‘KOMEYUI’ RESTAURANT
Our name and logo itself symbolise a traditional Japanese group meal where family and friends gather together and sit around the table on which there is a large hotpot and a tray of rice dishes including gohan (steam rice), and side dishes such as natto (fermented cooked soya beans), temaki (hand-rolled sushi), yakizakana (grilled fish) and miso soup.
“Here it is, Japanese creations of the highest excellence.”
“Komeyui restored my faith and reminded me how lucky we are to have such quality restaurants at our doorstep.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“High-quality Japanese that goes off the beaten track.”
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