Authentic Japanese restaurant & bar on King Street, Newcastle
Sitting rather inconspicuously on Newcastle's King St, the exterior of number 31 gives no clues away to passers-by. Focus a little closer and the art deco frosted front door provides just a hint of what lies within. Upon entering, what you uncover is a small bar and restaurant like no other. Originally a 1920's themed German bar, Red Baron's is now the new home of Newcastle's favourite Japanese, Kitami.
You might recognise owner Nobuyuki Aoki from the Kitami Japanese Grocery store in Carrington. Kitami is a Newcastle institution with a great reputation for tasty, authentic and fresh Japanese cuisine and the latest Kitami on King Street is no different.
The menu has been designed for sharing with a superb range of otsumami (share plates), including freshly made sushi, nigiri and sashimi. Other highlights on the menu include the agedashi tofu, okonomiyaki and the Wagyu beef carpaccio with wasabi dressing and spring onions.
A must try on the menu is the smoked miso tofu served with crispy lotus chips, the flavour is delicate with a smooth creamy texture, much like a cream cheese. This dish has to be tasted to be believed that it is tofu, delicious!
A smouldering homage to Marlene Dietrich greets you at the entry, the 1920's actress and singer has somewhat become Red Baron's guiding saint since opening in 2014. Her androgynous qualities and relaxed mood, precisely matching the tone and mood of this sexy venue. Built with conversation in mind, Kitami King St is all about being cosy and comfortable whether you're visiting on your own or with friends. With never any more than 60 patrons at any one time, not only are you assured of a space of your own, but that you'll be well looked after by the Kitami staff. As you sit back an enjoy their menu of Japanese-inspired cocktails and varieties of Sake.
Kitami King St is an exciting incarnation for this unique bar. Stop by next time you're in the mood for a quiet drink and some delicious Japanese cuisine. Nobu and the team are bound to make you feel welcome.