Shoushin Brings Fine Art to Toronto’s Dining Scene

The newest omakase restaurant in Toronto is creating quite the buzz amongst those who seek out dining experiences. We have visited a couple of times and have reviewed it recently here and happy to hear that Chef Jackie Lin continues to attract a strong and steady following.

Last night we were invited to preview Shoushin’s latest endeavour – the unveiling of their permanent art collection that includes two original ceramic works of art by Pablo Picasso as well as a selection of stunning nature photography by Chef Jackie Lin himself. Also on view was a highly coveted limited edition 100 year-old Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6.

The two Picasso works of art, “Nature morte à la cuillère ” and “Poisson chiné” were purchased through Christie’s will remain permanently on display in the restaurant.

Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Couteau, was present at the event to help unveil the works of art. “When I walked in here, it’s just beautiful. We have so many types of restaurants and cultural activities and to bring the culinary experience and art together is great….Toronto is a first-class city and the reason it’s becoming that, especially over the past 10 years, is because of restaurants like this and art like this,” said Mr. Couteau.

Mr. Couteau asked Chef Lin how long he’s been in the restaurant business and learned that he had started 12 years ago washing dishes and then was taken under the wing of a Master Sushi Chef Seiichi Kashiwabara of Zen Restaurant. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment to be able to have your own place and to share your love. Chef Lin had mentioned to me that the name of the restaurant in Japanese means to love your art. I think that says it all.” says Mr. Couteau.

Shoushin Event January 25, 2016Photo credit: Sonya Davidson

The rare bottle of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 is one of only 738 that exists worldwide. The second release of its kind, Rare Cask 42,6 was personally selected by Chef Lin for Shoushin’s wine list making the restaurant the only restaurant in Canada to currently offer it. By the way, a set of Christophe Pillet crystal cognac glasses are reported to be given to Shoushin and will be handed over to a patron who places the first Rare Cask order at this restaurant.

“Great art has the ability to delight all of our sense,” says Chef Lin. “At Shoushin, we’re excited to bring culinary and visual art together and offer our guests a culturally rich dining experience in a truly one-of-a-kind setting.”

You can read our review here: Shoushin’s Omakase Perfection 






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