Get ready to eat, Vancouver, because the team behind award-winning restaurants like Miku, Minami, West Van’s Aburi Market, and soon-to-open WA-BAGEL is launching a brand new contemporary Japanese concept right here in Vancouver.

In partnership with leading North American real estate developer Westbank, Aburi Restaurants Canada plans to open a brand-new dining experience called ‘Alberni by Kengo Kuma’ this winter. And with it comes Vancouver’s own Aburi Hana, which is Michelin-starred in Toronto.

“Alberni by Kengo Kuma is expected to transform the downtown Vancouver landscape with its blend of Japanese traditions alongside contemporary design – making it the perfect location for our first Aburi Hana in Vancouver,” explains Seigo Nakamura, Founder and CEO of Aburi Restaurants Canada. “Aburi Hana Vancouver will feature the same fine-dining magnificence as our one MICHELIN star Aburi Hana in Toronto, while redefining what we call ‘washoku’ or Japanese food culture by harmoniously incorporating Japanese ingredients, seasonings, and cooking methods alongside local elements.”

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New multi-project space

According to the release, Aburi Hana Vancouver will be located on the ground floor of Alberni by Kengo Kuma, right at the corner of Alberni Street and Cardero. The nearly 3,000-square-foot space is currently undergoing its transformation, with a second project by the pair already in the works.

“Our collaboration is part of our original vision inspired by our experience with the culinary art form of Kaiseki, to bring the best of contemporary Japanese cuisine to Alberni by Kengo Kuma,” said Ian Gillespie, Founder and CEO of Westbank. “Aburi Hana Vancouver represents a further evolution of the innovative, contemporary Japanese cuisine for which Aburi Restaurants Canada is known and their second yet-to-be-announced project will be equally inspired.”

Though the head chef has not yet been revealed by name, the release divulges that the new restaurant will be led by a chef hailing from Japan, who most recently served as a sous chef at a two-Michelin star restaurant. So it’s pretty safe to say that guests will be in very good hands.

And that’s all for now, Vancouver. We’ll keep you posted on the latest info

Aburi Hana Vancouver & Alberni by Kengo Kuma

When: TBA Winter 2023
Where: Alberni and Cardero Street