About Us

Irashai-mase, Welcome to EDO and the wonderful art of Japanese Cuisine.

We seek out the freshest ingredients available, including the finest rice and tea. Japanese cuisine is divided into two streams – Washoku and Seiyo-Ryori. Washoku is the traditional method of cooking that includes tempura, teriyaki, kaiseki, sushi, udon, oden, sukiyaki and much more. Seiyo-Ryori is the combination of European (Mainly French) sauces and influence on Japanese method, technique and standards, evolving constantly into new dishes with the same or different ingredients. Not to be confused with fusion - which we call confusion - the EDO approach is a careful consideration and combination of the two Japanese streams of training in an ever-evolving unique style.

EDO Chefs have been trained in Seiyo-Ryori or Washoku to bring this unique combination to our dining room tables. The EDO cocktail, wine and saké list has been carefully curated to complement our menu and maximize your dining pleasure. We sincerely hope that your experiences at EDO give you a glimpse into the pride, obligation and cultural influences of Japan that are the essence of every dish we serve.

Dōzo o-meshi-agari-kudasai!


Barry J. Chaim - Owner

A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, with a B.A. in Psychology, Barry received a Japanese Government Mombushu Research Fellowship to study at Tokyo University in Japan in 1973. He returned to Montreal to start his own international product development, marketing and distribution company. His ideas, strategies, and products have taken him all over the world, and his products licensed in many countries. He has received awards for product and merchandising design.

In 1986, Barry founded EDO, a Japanese restaurant in mid-town Toronto, serving authentic Japanese cuisine. In the spring of 1996, he took over direct management of the business.

In recognition of his efforts to bring authentic Japanese food to Toronto and his constant efforts in education and cultural bridge building, Barry was made a Fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI) in 2003.

Barry also founded Kids for Kobe, a charity established to assist children who suffered from the Kobe Earthquake in 1995. He is active in supporting various community, health, education and charitable organizations throughout Canada.

He has appeared on several TV shows and enjoys conducting sushi making classes, together with his Chefs, in the making, history, etiquette and culture of Japanese Cuisine.

Involved in other business ventures, Barry is a consultant in strategic planning and marketing in international business. He is also a father to three terrific, energetic young men.


The Origins of

EDO is the former name for Tokyo. During the period of control by the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1603 - 1868, Japan's emperor's lived in secluded majesty, and captivity, at the Imperial Palace in EDO. The emperor had been moved from his power base and long-time home in Kyoto.

During the EDO period, culture flourished. Tea ceremony (Sado) and flower arrangement (Ikebana) evolved and became the essence of aesthetics in Japanese life. This approach to the visual world reached its zenith in Japanese cuisine through Kaiseki, originally a Buddhist monk's approach to eating and serenity, making maximum use of available materials necessitated by scarcity.

Today in Japan, daily dishes are now beautifully prepared and presented.


Restaurants

In 1986, founder Barry Chaim took his love and learning of Japanese culture and opened EDO, a Japanese restaurant in midtown Toronto, serving authentic Japanese cuisine.

In the spring of 1996, he took over direct management of the business and two years later, EDO received recognition as one of Gourmet Magazine’s "America’s Top Tables".

In June of 1998, a second location, EDO-ko, was opened in Forest Hill Village. EDO Sushi was introduced to excellent reviews at the 1999 opening of the Air Canada Centre, the first in the world outside Japan in a sports arena.

January 2000 saw the Eglinton West location move across the street to a larger venue which has permitted expansion into full catering, private functions and special events.

Barry and his staff are well-known innovators in Toronto’s food landscape. In 2014, Barry and his son Josh introduced the Sushi Burrito and Poke to Canada under the fast-casual brand Fish’D by EDO.

EDO participates in various fine food and wine shows to bring to the general public an opportunity to experience and enjoy great sushi and other Japanese specialties.