Toronto's EDO-ko Restaurant Previews New Menu in the Japanese Cuisine Scene
Abbey's Kitchen
Posted in Profiles & Launches, Restaurants on February 13, 2015 at 2:46 AM
Toronto has no shortage of fantastic Japanese restaurants, but the EDO Empire has always been a trusted name amongst local foodies. So when I was invited to join a group of media for their new menu launch, I immediately jumped at the chance. While most people associate Japanese food solely with sushi, founder and CEO, Barry Chaim, believes that that association barely scratches the surface. That’s why Ryo Ozawa, EDO’s executive Chef and a native of Fukuoka, Japan, developed an expansive menu of authentic Japanese fare to give Torontonian’s a taste of what he eats back home.
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Passionate Cuisine at Edo-ko Restaurant

Fat Girl Food Squad
words by Alex Giamos | photos by Rochelle Latinsky
The first time I had ever tried Japanese cuisine I wasn’t a fan. I was between the ages of six to eight, and although I loved pickled octopus right out of the jar, I absolutely couldn’t stand the piece of raw salmon my mother plucked out of her bento box for me to try. It was all based on texture back then, and I would have thought that little had changed, but I was pleasantly surprised that last week I tried raw fish (for the first time in years) and enjoyed it thoroughly. I have no doubt in my mind that this is due to the incredible talent of Chef Ryo Ozawa, and the dedicated passion of EDO Restaurants CEO and Founder Barry J. Chaim.
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Restaurant Review: A Little Piece of Japanese Cuisine Heaven!
The Purple Scarf
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
A few weeks ago I enjoyed the best meal I had in a long time. The restaurant was EDO-Ko and the meal was an assortment of some of their amazing Japanese cuisine dishes.
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GOTO DIne: EDO Toronto – The fruits of a Japanese Bromance
The Girls of TO
by Natalie Preddie / 0 Comments / January 28, 2015
Edo is the former name of Tokyo- That one fact alone should tell you how serious this restaurant is about Japanese food: Real Japanese food. On my arrival at EDO Toronto last week, owner Barry Chaim immediately introduced himself and began explaining what made Japanese food extraordinarily special. His passion was like a highly contagious airborne disease and I was overcome with Japanese food excitement. I happily relayed my limited experience with westerner Japanese food (sushi and teppan flat top grill) and he responded with the history of the flat top (created in the 60’s in NYC for entertainment purposes) and how sushi only touched the surface of what Japanese food was all about. I knew the meal would be a good one.
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EDO Restaurant - Far Beyond Sushi

David Chiu's Stuff
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I was invited to attend an exclusive tasting media event at EDO restaurant last week. The dinner of contemporary Japanese cuisine was held at its Spadina location in Toronto. It was a wonderful evening filled with drinks & delicious food. The CEO and founder Barry Chaim was present along with chef Ryo Ozawa. I loved that they both had so much passion for what they do, which was shown throughout the evening. From all the great stories Barry shared and the attention to detail in the food/ingredients/presentation as chef Ryo was presenting each dish as it came out from the kitchen - they truly LOVE Japanese cuisine. Not only did I leave with a stomach that was happily satisfy but I also learned a lot about Japanese culture and cuisine!
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Food Junkie Chronicles
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I was invited to EDO-ko (Twitter: @EDORestaurants, Facebook: EDO Restaurants) last week for their mid-January media event. If my memory serves me right, this visit marks my first time ever at an EDO restaurant (little did I know the first EDO opened in 1986!) So when I received this exclusive invitation I thought it was the perfect opportunity to check it out.
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Paula Coop McCrory
I was honoured to be part of a private tasting at EDO Restaurant earlier this week. The former name of Japan, EDO is all about respect of the ingredient, attention to detail and the love of true Japanese cuisine. As CEO and founder Barry Chaim so aptly shared, ‘It’s not money or sex that makes the world go around, it’s food.’
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EDO-ko: More Than Just Sushi

The Curious Creature
Don’t you love it when passionate people join forces?! It almost always results in something magical. And the more unusual the collaboration, the more interesting the outcome – at least that’s been my experience. So when I heard that a Japanese chef and a Jewish restauranteur were the duo behind EDO-ko on Spadina, my curiosity was piqued. There just had to be a good story behind this collab!
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Sushi destination Edo expands to Bayview Village

By Jon Sufrin
Post City | Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 02:21 PM
Toronto’s Edo restaurant has expanded several times since it first opened as a top-notch sushi destination in the '80s, and now owner Barry Chaim is taking on Bayview Village. A new location of Edo is set to open at the shopping centre by late spring of this year, taking over Kabuki’s space.
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