New Contemporary Japanese Restaurant Opens in Toronto


TORONTO — Toronto is getting a new contemporary Japanese hotspot in the city’s Entertainment District, with the recent opening of Minami Toronto. Aburi Restaurants Canada, the group behind Miku on the waterfront, Aburi Hana in Yorkville and TORA uptown, is adding Minami Toronto to the vibrant King Street dining scene. The restaurant opened last Wednesday with a robust takeout and delivery menu available on Uber Eats, Ritual and Tock.

Minami Toronto, which will take core concepts from sister restaurant Minami Yaletown in Vancouver infused with inspiration from Toronto’s local culture, will showcase memorable and unique culinary and cocktail offerings. 

Helmed by chef Jason Do, who has honed his craft across the various banners under Aburi Restaurants Canada, the menu at Minami Toronto embraces seasonal and regional ingredients, as well as Ocean Wise seafood options. Techniques and flavours combining Japanese tradition and modern global concepts, are reflected in dishes that span from land to sea.  

Although it is an uncertain time for many restaurants and businesses in the current climate, founder and CEO of Aburi Restaurants Canada, Seigo Nakamura believes it’s important for his team to work harder now than ever before to make it to the other side of the pandemic.

“The wheels were already in motion for Minami to open before the pandemic. Even though we’re faced with these challenges, it’s crucial that we move forward and do our best — our team depends on it. We are always ready to innovate and not just overcome obstacles — but come out stronger and succeed together,” says Nakamura.

Throughout the pandemic, Aburi Restaurants Canada has been resilient and continued to innovate to keep guests engaged — from the popular Marukatsu pop-up to Temaki Sushi Kits, signature product offerings in grocery stores and Aburi at Home.

Dean Harrison, national Marketing director for Aburi Restaurants Canada, believes guests are looking for the quality and unique culinary experiences that are synonymous with Aburi restaurants. 

“We can see there is a continued appetite in Toronto for diverse and new culinary offerings which is so quintessential to the cultural fabric of this city that we love. We are optimistic that Minami Toronto will satisfy that need,” says Harrison. 

As with all Aburi Restaurant Canada venues, Minami has stringent COVID-19 precautionary measures and protocols in place to ensure the highest standard of safety for staff and guests. Details can be found here.

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