Michelin 2-Star Chef, Masaki Saito, has opened Sushi Masaki Saito in Yorkville — his first independent venture.
This highly exclusive restaurant offers two, seven-person seatings per evening: one starting at 6 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. Guests can choose from two omakase meals — either $380 per person or $500 per person. The menu changes daily depending on which ingredients chef Saito feels have aged to the perfect flavour.
Saito imports all of his seafood from the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo and prepares an edomae-style sushi, which means he never uses fresh fish. “By using the freshest fish to begin with, then taking the time and care to bring out the umami flavors by aging it, we’re bringing out hidden flavours you can’t have if you simply cut and serve fish,” Saito explained to Saveur Magazine.
Edomae-style sushi was developed more than 200 years ago and involves aging and treating fish with a cooking element before serving. This style of preparing sushi is used in 60 per cent of sushi restaurants in Japan but Sushi Masaki Saito is Canada’s first edomae-sushi restaurant.
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