Vancouver's Miku Restaurant expands to Toronto

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Vancouver’s Miku Restaurant‘s second location has been announced, and it will be in Toronto.

Slated to greet diners sometime in summer of 2015, Miku will be located in the southern financial district of downtown Toronto at the new RBC WaterPark Place building, close to the waterfront.

Miku Restaurant’s sushi chefs use a blowtorch and Japanese binchotan charcoal to lightly sear sushi, which is served with a special sauce. Though now seen on more menus, Miku is considered the restaurant responsible for popularizing this style of sushi, called “aburi.” The restaurant is also famous for its fresh seafood where much of it is Ocean Wise, French-inspired dishes utilizing local and natural ingredients, and unique desserts.

Miku opened in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour area in 2008, and was followed by a second venture, Minami, in Yaletown. This year, the restaurants’ parent company, Aburi Restaurants Canada Ltd., added Gyoza Bar to their roster, serving up ramen and gyoza on Pender in downtown.

“It has been almost six years since Seigo Nakamura first opened Miku Restaurant in Vancouver and introduced the innovative Aburi “flame-seared” technique to sushi,” says Mike Deas-Dawlish, Aburis’ Director of Operations & Development. “We are constantly asked by our guests when we are moving east. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the prospect of becoming a part of Toronto’s vibrant culinary scene and plan on pursuing further ventures and new concepts in the very near future.”

Toronto’s southern financial district is currently undergoing significant expansions, with new buildings and businesses expected in the next few years. The redevelopment of Union Station will allow diners to have easy access to the area.

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