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Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto

Hot Dining: Easy Choices

Just one of the many artful dishes in chef Masaki Hashimoto's culinary repertoire at Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto

Summer is a season for relaxation—the last thing you ought to be doing is stressing over small decisions. At mealtime, don’t worry about picking the perfect dish from a long list. Instead, put your trust in the exclusive tasting menus of some top chefs. With its dedication to the freshest seasonal ingredients, elegant George has long been one of Toronto’s best dining bets—
elevate the experience by ordering chef Lorenzo Loseto’s 10-course tasting ($150), which includes cheese and dessert courses. Curious gastronomes are invited to book the six-seat “kitchen table” at Colborne Lane, to see chef Claudio Aprile at work and enjoy his diverse 15-course spread ($179). And for a truly memorable meal, allow chef Masaki Hashimoto to please your palate with the unique Japanese dishes on his ever-
changing nine-course carte ($300) at Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto.

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.