Nominated for 2021 Golden Plate Awards

Kadota’s proprietor and Japanese Trained Head Chef Aaron Schembri 

What they say

Kadota is a warm and inviting restaurant located in picturesque Daylesford, where lovingly crafted Japanese flavours are carefully produced using seasonal local artisan ingredients. Omotenashi (おもてなし), meaning honest service and honest food, is at the heart of everything we do.

Kadota is the passion project of owners Aaron Schembri and Risa Kadota who met while working at some of Japan’s finest restaurants. They have brought their passion for captivating food, drinks and hospitality from Risa’s hometown of Okayama to Aaron’s hometown of Daylesford.

  • Street Address: 1 Camp Street, Daylesford
  • Website Address: www.kadotarestaurant.com.au
  • instagram: @kadotarestaurantofficial
  • Category: Restaurant Contemporary Dining
  • Cuisine: Japanese Gluten-free and vegetarian available
  • Head Chef and Proprietor: Japanese trained Aaron Schrembri
  • FOH Manager: Risa Kadota

Serving hours: 

  • Mondays from 5.00m pm to 11.00 pm
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays CLOSED
  • Thursdays to Sundays 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm
  • $$
  • Cards Accepted: Visa and Mastercard
  • Street parking
  • Covid-safe measures in place
  • Bookings essential: (03) 5438 1218 

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First Judges’ Report in 2021

A warm smile and graceful welcome are the first of many treats you’ll receive when you open the door to Kadota. Settling comfortably into what seems is Daylesford’s own Japanese quarter, Kadota is the love child of globetrotting Daylesford wunderkind Aaron Schembri and partner Risa Kadota, who met while slinging hospitality in Japan.

Back in the ‘hood Aaron and Risa have transformed No 1 Camp Street into a calm and inviting casual fine diner and offer a fixed menu of Japanese dishes using the freshest local seasonal ingredients aided and abetted by a drinks list showcasing small independent Victorian winemakers and a sake list that will bring a tear to your eye. The service is Daylesford at its best; friendly, knowledgeable and intuitive.

Living and breathing the ethos of Omotenashi; meaning honest service and honest food, at Kadota you’ll enjoy “crafted Japanese flavours carefully produced using seasonal local artisan ingredients”. If you’re in for an umami kick you will swoon over the Osuimono and the furikake will have you begging for the recipe, and the sweet tooth will be rewarded with a finale so delicious you’ll be singing. The set menu will carry you through familiar and unfamiliar dishes with the common themes of delicious flavours and stunning presentation shining through. Before you finish, how about a house made Kadota tea using quality locally foraged ingredients?

Special strengths

Delicious Japanese flavours using local ingredients. Every plated element sung with bright flavour. Presentation reflected colour contrasts and visual appeal. Delicious umami of the Osuimono and the furikake. A very well considered drinks list of exceptional quality. The sake list is a blockbuster. Customer service was smooth, polished, knowledgeable and intuitive. The list of teas was very impressive. The set menu represents great value for money.

Second Judges’ report coming later