1 Masayoshi 4376 Fraser St., masayoshi.ca 2 Kishimoto 2054 Commercial Dr., kishimotorestaurant.com 3 Tetsu Sushi Bar 775 Denman St. honourable mentions j Sushi Bar Maumi, Dosanko Chef Masayoshi Baba’s culinary focus is as sharp as his knives, and he wins Gold this year for his elegantly adventurous exploration of omakase dining at his eponymous Fraser Street restaurant. Masayoshi’s thoughtful expressions of seasonality combine grand theatrics with the most delicate detailing over the course of an exquisite gastronomic journey. Silver winner
Kishimoto elevates the neighbourhood dining experience with chef Akira Kishimoto’s impeccably executed dishes that are elaborately plated with asense of artful whimsy. Judges awarded pocket-sized Tetsu Sushi Bar with Bronze, recognizing the care, skill and attention that goes into crafting pitch-perfect sashimi and nigiri.
Bowled Over The thoughtful use of ingredients typifies Masayoshi’s approach to Japanese cooking.