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“Could be back in Kyoto”

Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto
Ranked #1,691 of 8,565 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: US$231 - US$385
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: North York
Description: WELCOME! ​ At Hashimoto, we present a night of culinary excellence with a meditative atmosphere to relax your mind and body. Experience Kaiseki cuisine the way it was meant to be - an exploration of delicate textures, flavours and colours that define each season,​ ​Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Could be back in Kyoto”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Small, family-run and very special. We arrived on an icy night - they met us at the door. We were shown to a private 'room' and the service was intensely attentive. Each course of that night's menu was not just art, but an amazing taste experience. Major emphasis on Japanese fish with unique flavors. A range of sake choices, we went from light and dry to more pungent that suited the latter part of the menu. Every aspect of the ingredients and preparation was explained. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in traditional ways, with wood, art and the soothing sound of water. We have been to Japan a number of times and always found the city of Kyoto to be a highlight for beauty, culture and food. We could have been there for dinner. Afterward, we were invited to our private tea ceremony and then escorted to our car in the freezing rain. Yes, expensive, but a place for a very special occasion and worth the price in every respect.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Edmonton, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“unique experience”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

This was an unique experience for a novice in Japanese cuisine. The ingredients were imported and special , The taste and presentation showed effort but not outstanding. The Hashimoto family mom an pop husband and wife were all very friendly. But it was probably a bit too pricey but we expected it. A different experience in Canada but probably not a place you will revisit

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank hideko66
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“Beautiful, delicious, gracious - worth the cost”
Reviewed 25 January 2013

My husband and I felt as welcome by the Hashimoto family as though we were being received in their home. Son Kei and his beautiful wife were hosts during our dinner experience, which was a series of delicate art dishes that tasted as delicious as they were beautiful. We were recommended a diaginjo sake with our meal - it was a fantastic pairing and well worth the price. Every ingredient is ordered/imported directly from Japan at the point when your reservation is made - hence the one week advance notice required. We couldn't decide on our favourites out of the eight or nine courses - highlights included a creamy white miso soup in our starter, black soya beans that were cooked for 10 days (yum!!!) accompanying a delicious grilled porgy, a beautifully carved radish that surrounded a morsel of tender pork that was to die for - decorated with delicate radish flowers. The signature dish for which Chef Hashimoto is known (his daikon crane) was as stunning in person as it was in pictures. His family walked us through every meal, explaining the ingredients and giving us our privacy while eating. Each course was timed exceptionally well- they never walked in while we were still finishing a plate. The match green tea ceremony that followed our meal was a treat to witness.
At the end of our meal, Chef Hashimoto came out to greet us - in fact, the entire family stood outside the restaurant door while we were leaving, not re-entering the restaurant until we had driven away, much the same way family does when guests are leaving. The personal touches were greatly appreciated, as were the many souvenirs we were given in recognition of our visit and our anniversary that we were celebrating. Fantastic meal, gracious family, highly recommended!

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank smorgasbord
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An experience for all senses”
Reviewed 4 February 2012

It's original Mississauga location was proof that you should never judge a book by it's cover. Nestled in an industrial area it was a magical surprise to walk into an intimate setting and industry leading service. Each course was timed to perfection, gently placed in front and delicately explained origins as chef's menu was introduced. This family own establishment takes you on a journey to Japan.

Haven't had a chance to visit the new location in the Japanese Cultural Centre but I believe the prices have gone up quite significantly making it no longer a default anniversary destination. Perhaps sometime in the future we will embark on this magical ride of culinary delight.

  • Visited March 2011
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2 Thank miyuki27
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“Best Japanese restaurant in all of the GTA imho. The food is delicate and absolute perfection. The 8 course tasting was...”
Reviewed 30 June 2010

Best Japanese restaurant in all of the GTA imho. The food is delicate and absolute perfection. The 8 course tasting was a culinary learning experience I'll never forget. I look forward to returning and exploring more of this fantastic menu.

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