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Kitami King Street

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by Janelle (subscribe)
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Published September 27th 2018
Update March 1st 2021
Kitami ceased trading on King Street in 2020. Saints gin bar is now operating here.

Update February 27th 2021
Kitami ceased trading on King Street in 2020. Saints gin bar is now operating here.

Japanese Food And Jazz Music
Newcastle, Japanese, bar, cocktails, jazz, nightlife, romantic, decor
Eclectic decor (image JW)

Kitami is a Japanese/Art Deco bar on King Street. The nondescript frosted door on King Street opens into an eclectic space full of atmosphere. It is a dark quiet space that is conducive to conversation and romance.

Newcastle, Japanese, gyoza, dinner, nightlife, romance
Delicious gyoza (image JW)

Japanese izakaya share dishes are offered with everything prepared freshly in house. The gyoza (6 pieces for $15) were soft, juicy and delicious, they went particularly well with an Asahi beer. All the expected dishes such as sashimi, sushi, yakitori and chicken kara- age are available and there is a good range of tofu based & vegetarian options.

Newcastle, cocktails, bar, Kitami, nightlife, drinks, food
Yuzu cocktail (image JW)

The refreshing yuzu cocktail was $17 and its sour citrus flavour with a ginger touch complemented the tender and tasty Wagyu beef carpaccio-tataki ($18). There is a wide range of sake, Japanese inspired cocktails, beers and wine and two bars.

Newcastle, Japanese, teriyaki, dinner, Kitami
Teriyaki chicken roll (image JW)

The chicken teriyaki sushi roll was also delicious and had a good rice to filling ratio and the tempura had a lot of different vegetables such as sweet potato, asparagus, eggplant and pumpkin coated in the light crispy batter.

Tempura, vegetables, Newcastle, Japanese, dinner
Tempura vegetables (image JW)

Kitami has a 'small bar' license as it holds 60 patrons so under 18s are not permitted. They have a couple of large tables for groups but the booth and lounge seating is perfect for couples. It is a great place to drop in for a relaxing drink and a snack or two or a couple of drinks with dinner. The 1940s jazz soundtrack enhances the ambience and matches the decor.

A unique sophisticated bar on King Street.
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Why? Good food in a great setting
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5pm - 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm - midnight
Phone: 4048 2363
Where: 31 King Street, Newcastle
Cost: Very reasonable, lots of dishes less than $20
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