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Japanese cuisine

Dining Spotlight: Sake Sipping at Ki Modern Japanese

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

“The most common misconception of sake is everything. Most people have only had it warm, and chances are they had way too much,” says Adam Snelling, sake sommelier and general manager of Ki Modern Japanese. Ki serves 41 varieties of Japan’s national fermented-rice drink. Bottles are imported from Japan, but the restaurant also pours American and Canadian sake. The majority are tokutei meishoshu, meaning premium sake. (more…)

8 Best Restaurants on Calgary’s Edmonton Trail

Best Restaurants on Calgary's Edmonton Trail: OEB Breakfast Co.

Best Restaurants on Calgary’s Edmonton Trail: The original “Soul in a Bowl” at OEB Breakfast Co. (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Just a four-minute drive north of downtown, Edmonton Trail is the dark horse of emerging restaurant rows. The stretch is punctuated with an eclectic mix of eateries from retro diners serving brunch, burgers and Benedicts to upscale bistros serving fusion cuisine.

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Hot Dining: Turning Japanese

•  Hamachi House on Morris Street: One of Halifax’s most popular sushi destinations; also offers tempura, teriyaki
and more.
•  Fujiyama on Blowers Street: Picked by Where editors as one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants; specializes in sushi and hibachi.
•  Sushi Nami Royale on Dresden Row: Japanese fine dining with traditional and fusion sushi; exotic cocktails.

Hot Dining: Asian Precision

An exquisite offering from chef Hashimoto

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.