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Signature Ablone Claypot Rice - Kobo, Sydney, AU-NSW

Kobo

4.9
4.9
55 Reviews
$101 and over
Korean
Kobo is the workshop for Hatted Chef, Jacob Lee, a space for him to demonstrate his love for his homeland of Korea, re-engineering regional dishes onto a contemporary platform, incorporating Japanese and Australian influences for a dining experience like no other.

A solid marble chef’s table is front and centre, seating 8 guests at a time for an intimate chef's table (meaning “I leave it up to you.”), Chef Jacob breaks the menu down into “Episodes” with each episode featuring a core focus on a culinary moment of his life.

Kobo is located in Sydney's new Quay Quarter Lanes, a short walk from Circular Quay station, nestled just behind the historic Hinchcliffe House.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Korean, Contemporary Korean, Japanese Speciality

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0421 979 130

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jacob Lee

  • Private party facilities

    Kobo is a limited 8 seat Omakase experience, for those seeking a unique private event you may book the entire venue out for the evening. To do this please contact the venue manager well ahead of time.

  • Neighborhood

    Circular Quay

  • Cross street

    Loftus Street & Lotus Lane

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Circular Quay Station, Circular Quay Light Rail, Stand B Circular Quay Bus Stop.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 55 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Sydney

    Best Overall

  • Sydney

    Best Food

  • Sydney

    Best Service

  • Sydney

    Best Ambiance

  • Sydney

    Best Value

  • Sydney

    Innovative

  • Sydney

    Good for special occasions

  • Sydney City

    Best Overall

  • Sydney City

    Best Food

  • Sydney City

    Best Service

  • Sydney City

    Best Ambiance

  • Sydney City

    Best Value

  • Sydney City

    Innovative

  • Sydney City

    Romantic

  • Sydney City

    Good for special occasions

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  1. RuiW

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must go place strongly recommended. Meet Jacob learn his menu story
  2. Kogatt

    Sydney

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Service was friendly and professional. Excellent value considering it’s a small restaurant and the quality of the food and drinks. I would recommend that diners should take up the drinks pairing option as a great introduction to Korean soju. We will definitely be coming back again!
  3. Elle

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed. Kobo always exceeded my expectations every episode. Creative dishes with authentic flavours. Strongly recommended.
  4. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5/5 - Korean Omakase $185 pp - food $140 pp - premium alcohol pairing Kobo seats 8 people per sitting; two sittings per evening. Kobo serves a Korean style Omakase with their menu changing every 3 months, we experienced Episode 4 - Summer. Kobo has a unique selection of imported Korean alcohol, standard ($80 pp and premium alcohol pairing ($140 pp). The dinner comprised 12 Korean inspired dishes. Every dish had unique flavours and all tasted exquisite, stand outs were the whelk taco, marinated prawn gimbap, mool hwe, nangchae, Korean blood sausage and the tuna tart. The premium alcohol pairing perfectly suited the tasting menu. The service was fantastic and Maria, the chef that took care of us, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She could explain the idea behind all the dishes and was great at explaining the purpose of the different alcohol pairings. Overall, our experience at Kobo made us regret not attending Episodes 1-3. We are eagerly awaiting the upcoming Episodes.
  5. MarcoR

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and thoughtful explanations. Food was outstanding and unique.
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A great experience with korea cultural fine dining dishes!
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every episode has been a fantastic orchestration of Korean cuisine. Always looking forward to see what the next episode brings.
  8. Rebecca

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic experience I would 100% recommend. See you soon in 3 months!
  9. JeffK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience and culinary/cultural tour of Korea. Perfectly matched food and wine pairings.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was lovely, chef was very friendly and overall a wonderful dining experience
  11. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely and would 100% recommend to anyone!
  12. DeeL

    Sydney

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very creative, modern twist, to Korean infused flavours.
  13. PremaG

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really fantastic experience. Loved the Chef Jacob took us through a wonderful flavour memory of Summer in South Korea. Intimate setting, love the interactive experience of watching our dishes prepared right there. Beverage pairings with Sojus' was great experience and worked really well with our menu. We came for our anniversary and it was just a really nice way to celebrate. Thank you Chef Jacob & team for helping us to celebrate in style. Can't wait to return for the next episode.
  14. EunbiP

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely small omakase in the heart of the sydney city. Price was $185 per head excluding drinks. Could also get a matching beverage at a cost This was my 2nd visit to Kobo and cannot recommend highly enough I am usually not a type to enjoy raw food but Jacob always makes it pleasant! Very tasty, well presented dishes. Perfect date night
  15. Anny

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience, would definitely go again especially as the menu changes seasonally
  16. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience where Chef Lee’s storytelling comes to life on the menu and plate. Familiar Korean dishes with a thoughtful and considered twist. Portion sizes varied between multiple bites and one bite - which was great as you left feeling satisfied without feeling too full. Recommend the drinks pairing as you are unlikely to experience / learn about Korean drinks elsewhere. Highly recommend and will be back for the next season!
  17. HungryDuckling

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    In this episode, Chef Jacob tells a story about Summer in Korea. Overall the menu is well thought out, and it flows perfectly. However, I could not agree with some dishes' taste or texture. For example, I feel that the texture and taste are not fitting for the Squid Sundae. It tasted like bulgogi, I think using the ingredient pig's blood is too taboo for the Australian Palate, so the chef has to adjust it to the local taste and their cold noodle. In my opinion, it was a perfect dish, Chef Jacob was able to source noodles made from soybean accompanied with a sauce made from sunflower and chickpea however, it was covered with (synthetic?)Truffle oil which was overpowering the entire dish. However, these only two dishes were the only Achilles heel on this menu, everything else was DELICIOUS. I still love Kobo, this was my 2nd visit and I would still like to visit again when Chef Jacob brings a new degustation menu.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably good Check my Instagram @jasonfonseca for pics and details on how to get a booking
  19. matthewybh

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing experience personally not a big fan of fine dining and experimental dishes but Kobo hit the spot with presenting familiar korean dishes with a unique twist my partner and i were entertained with fun stories behind each dish definitely would revisit with family and friends price wise, i would say it is very affordable for the portion and presentation + especially considering that the price includes alcohol pairing i couldnt take a photo of all the dishes + alcohol served
  20. SeanC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience and flavours. Jacob took us ona tour of Korean night life cuisine that was not only memorable but mind blowing new and exciting flavours for our palette. Coupled with great insights into each dish from Jacob followed with answering all our questions. Highly recommended Korean cuisine experience.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful Korean fine dining experience!
  22. WarneBex

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Lee provides a truly memorable experince, showcasing his love of his home country's food and culture through thoughtfully created menus (episodes). He guides you through each course, giving you insights into the inspiration and effort that has gone into crafting each dish and accompanying drink. A great evening.
  23. Samk

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for the new k-food experience in Sydney!!! Will be back when I come back to Sydney!
  24. Paul

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Season 3 was amazing! Hard to get a table but when you do it is worth the wait.
  25. JustinV

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very very cool. Food was spectacular. The chef was informative and interesting when discussing each dish served. Everything was brilliant. Will be going back.
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chef Jacob was super hospitable. The food was great and goes well with the wine pairings. Great experience
  27. Elle

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time here and never disappointed. Very impressed to see chef Jacob and his team has done so well and keep improving. We had a great time and did enjoy the food, drink pairing as well as learning about Korean culture. Strongly recommended.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kobo never disappoints! We love what Jacob and team are doing. The food is interesting, and very generous. Always new tastes to experience.
  29. SouphalackP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate dining experience with highly crafted quality menu created by a very talented chef. Enjoyed every moment and every bite.
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it!!! Every single time
  31. Paul

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food can’t wait for the next instalment.
  32. khn1

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative and delicious menu. From the food to the drinks, everything is well thought out and presented beautifully. A unique way to experience Korean food - must go!
  33. CharbilK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The warm welcome, humble personality of Chef Jacob, the combined professionalism and personable interaction (including the staff), and the food are next level. We had an awesome time. Not your usual dining experience - it was rare and impeccable.
  34. Soll

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time back with the whole family again :) Chef Jacob always surprises us with his unique and ingenious tweaks on traditional Korean meals. Booked for the 3rd time and can't wait to try his new season!
  35. Katherine

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely and nourishing experience. Chef Jacob has truly translated a conceptual journey and series of memories into a tremendous eating experience.
  36. AndyK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jacod and his team kept the service very initimate by conversing with each guest and explaining why he chose each dish and it brought back memories of his time in korea with his family. The food was exquisite, stand out dishes were the rice cake with gamtae butter, the dumpling and the wagyu beef soup!
  37. khn1

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative and delicious menu. From the food to the drinks, everything is well thought out and presented beautifully. A unique way to experience Korean food - must go!
  38. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic, yet contemporary cuisine. This is heritage Korean identity & flavours experienced with each mouthful of each dish, whilst Jacob also recounts his inspirations for how the dishes came to be! My partner and I were lucky enough to experience Episode 2: Winter in Korea. It is about time Sydney welcomes Korean fine dining to the food scene - with only just 2 other restaurants that I could think of that could be considered in the same category. However, one clear factor sets Kobo apart, authenticity - from rice cake, pollack soup, galbi beef, roasted sweet potato, sikhye, to name a handful. There is no other restaurant like this, and would very much recommend everyone to try. The only other Korean fine dining restaurant that we tried was actually in Singapore, a restaurant that my partner and I agree to closely resemble the vision that Jacob is seeking to achieve at Kobo, Sydney. This restaurant is called Nae:um, which only recently became 1 Michelin star - I don’t see why Jacob wouldn’t be able to achieve this and congratulate him and his team on the success so far, wishing Kobo even greater success and reaching for greater highs in the years to come! Have marked in my calendar already for when to look out for Episode 3: Night Life in Korea!
  39. Elle

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Kobo is a real OMAKASE experience and really exceeded my expectations. Chef Jacob explained every dishes well and told stories about his inspiration & reinterpretation behind his creations in which making the whole experience even more worthwhile. Food was excellent and portions were great. There are some room for improvement in term of service but it’s not a big concern. Will definitely revisit again soon. Strongly recommended to experience Kobo yourself.
  40. CeeCee

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Something unique and different to the Korean food scene in Sydney. Must try!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Kobo is rated 4.9 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Kobo

4 Loftus Ln, Circular Quay, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Loftus Street & Lotus Lane

  • Neighborhood

    Circular Quay

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Korean, Contemporary Korean, Japanese Speciality

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Circular Quay Station, Circular Quay Light Rail, Stand B Circular Quay Bus Stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jacob Lee

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    0421 979 130

  • Private party facilities

    Kobo is a limited 8 seat Omakase experience, for those seeking a unique private event you may book the entire venue out for the evening. To do this please contact the venue manager well ahead of time.

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