Daylesford has long been the home of relaxation, restoration and sumptuousness; whether you’re experiencing a soak at the hot springs or meandering through the antiquated main street. And now there’s a new restaurant taking subtle indulgence to new heights. It’s called Kadota and it may just be one of the finest places to discover Japanese cuisine.
The restaurant is the love child of Aaron Schembri and Risa Kadota (whom the restaurant is aptly named after), who met while working for some of Japan’s best restaurants. With years of hospitality experience behind them, the pair decided to share their love of captivating food and drink from Risa’s hometown of Okayama to Aaron’s hometown of Daylesford.
Boasting incredible dishes like Shio koji braised free-range pork dumplings and scallop ceviche, the menu is crafted using the highest quality seasonal, local ingredients – including herbs and vegetables from their own garden. Their chefs use both traditional and modern Japanese cooking techniques to serve meals that could just as easily be called art. We’ve got our eye on the roasted barley and white chocolate cream dessert with local plums and crystallised seaweed.
All this deliciousness is served up in Kadota’s warm, uncluttered dining space where you’ll find an open fire roaring during the cooler months. The word on the street is the service is unparalleled, with waiters acting more like subtle menu consultants who expertly guide your dining and drinking experience. This one is not to be missed.