Daily bite: Aburi Restaurants to launch new concept in Toronto

Hana aims to offer an intimate and luxurious take on modern Kyō-Kaiseki cuisine

An exciting new restaurant concept is coming to Yorkville in mid-January from the Aburi Restaurant group that will showcase the best in modern Kyō-Kaiseki cuisine. Hana will offer patrons two unique fine-dining experiences by reservation only, which will focus on the subtle flavours of fresh, seasonal ingredients in a refined, multi-course meal. 

Guests of Hana will have the choice of an intimate and engaging dining experience at the Chef’s Counter, which offers four nightly seating times and an optimal view of the kitchen, or in one of Hana’s beautifully designed private Kakurega dining rooms, which can accommodate two to eight guests. 

“Hana is the next step in the constant evolution of Aburi Restaurants. This will be our most luxurious operation to date and should rightfully earn the designation of most spectacular modern Kyō-Kaiseki experience in Toronto,” says Seigo Nakamura, owner of Aburi Restaurants Canada. “Our team has put a great deal of thought into every element within the space and has surpassed all of my expectations; I am certain our guests will feel the same.”

Executive chef Ryusuke Nakagawa has combined his expertise in molecular gastronomy with signature Aburi techniques to create a masterful 15-course menu, balanced with flavour, colour, and texture. 

“The menus at Hana embody harmony. Each dish is prepared with respect for the individual ingredient and a deep understanding of its elements,” explains chef Nakagawa. “I created the menus with purpose and guest perspective in mind; the intention is to create lasting memories. Omakase, meaning 'entrust,' brings a responsibility with it. Hana redefines the omakase concept. Our guests are looking to me to wow them, to experience ingredients they’ve seen before in a new light, in a new way.”

To complement the menu, Hana’s sommelier Alexander Powell has developed a fantastic selection of pairings along with an impressive list of sake and wine available a la carte. 

Hana is currently accepting advance bookings for seatings beginning January 15, 2020. Guests should allow two to two-and-a-half hours for their visit to fully immerse themselves in the Omotenashi service.