A Japanese restaurant has opened in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to provide high quality sushi and hot food to locals who often have to head to the large smokehouse for authentic Japanese meals.
Kyoto House owner Bing Xia said he started his career in Hobart, where he now owns five sushi trains.
Mr Xia told the Kalgoorlie Miner that he wanted to broaden his horizons by relocating to Melbourne, but his business was cut short by the COVID pandemic, forcing him to close the restaurant.
However, he remained unfazed and visited WA, falling in love with the state’s sunshine which still made an appearance during the colder months.
“(There is) more sun (and heat) so I like the lifestyle here. That’s why I made the decision to move my career from Melbourne to here,” Mr Xia said. .
He said he traveled to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in June to begin researching and investigating potential locations, and in November he found space on Hannan Street to begin designing the restaurant.
He explained that due to a shortage of building materials, he had ordered several items overseas which were taking longer to arrive, while it was difficult to find tradesmen to renovate the space while there wasn’t even a gas connection in the building and the roof needed work.
Mr Xia said that since opening two weeks ago, his restaurant had struggled to find staff to offer the full range of dishes because he wanted to serve the best quality of food to the community, not do it for pleasure.
He told the Kalgoorlie Miner he couldn’t find a sushi chef in town, so he brought his sushi chef from Melbourne with him.
“Our cooking is very high level and authentic Japanese, our sauce is completely handmade…it’s a bit more expensive than Asian food because fresh ingredients are very expensive,” he said. declared.
Although it had been difficult to get started, he said he was glad the plates were empty when the customers left, which told him they had enjoyed the food prepared by the two chefs.