If ever there was a reason to schedule an excursion to Toronto’s more northerly environs, Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto is it. The recently opened Japanese spot has only 10 seats and requires reservations at least a week in advance, but such exclusivity allows master chef and owner Masaki Hashimoto to give his full attention to your utterly unique meal. The nine-course chef’s-choice prix fixe menu ($300) is modeled on the centuries-old kaiseki tradition, which prizes artful presentation and the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced directly from the land of the rising sun. Each delectable dish is paired with an imported matcha tea, too, adding another sensual dimension to the acclaimed epicurean experience.
Bonus! Toronto Life offers an illuminating look inside Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto here.