Sushi Yūgen, the latest omakase spot in downtown Toronto, invites guests to revel in the joy of luxury dining without the hefty price tag.
Guided by the expertise of Head Chef Kyohei Igarashi, hailing from prestigious establishments in Tokyo and boasting a Michelin-starred experience overseas, Sushi Yūgen effortlessly fuses authentic Japanese flavours with global influences.
Co-founder Kamen Sun, spearheads this new venture.
“I am now pursuing my own vision as an entrepreneur that wants to share my passion for food and create happy moments for customers, ” said Sun. “I believe restaurants and food are what brings back a lot of great memories with family and friends.”
Currently in its soft launch, the restaurant, located on York St., offers two exclusive dining experiences: an intimate eight seat chef’s counter and a spacious 12-seat main sushi counter, each boasting its own meticulously crafted menu.
At the main counter, guests will be treated to high-quality sushi without breaking the bank. The immersive omakase experience places guests in Chef Igarashi’s capable hands, ensuring a seasonal and elegant meal crafted with only the finest, freshest ingredients.
Sushi Yūgen’s menus showcase innovation and variety. A 45-minute lunch, priced at $80, offers 13 courses, including 10 nigiri, a handroll, miso soup and dessert. The one-hour dinner, at $98, comprises 14 courses featuring an appetizer, 10 nigiri, a handroll, miso soup, and dessert. For a more extended and indulgent experience, the chefs counter, spanning 2 to 2.5 hours at $265, boasts an impressive 18 to 20 courses, including unique appetizers, sushi, tamago, miso soup and dessert.
As for the beverage selection, guests can enjoy Japanese tea, a variety of Sake flights, Sake pairings for the chef’s counter, cocktails infused with lychee, yuzu, and matcha yuzu, Japanese beer and an exclusive collection of Japanese whisky, set to be unveiled in December.
In its 1800 square ft space, the restaurant, designed by NOA embodies modern Japanese minimalism, in perfect harmony with its name, Yūgen, meaning ‘profound mystery and beauty.’ The circular ceiling of the main counter evokes the universe, and a half-circle at the back signifies the cycle of life. The chef’s counter, designed for intimacy, highlights a curved ceiling as its focal point, adorned with Kanji calligraphy and a floating vessel skillfully crafted by a local Japanese artist.