Asian cuisine is a mainstay in Canada, with franchises offering Japanese, Chinese, and Thai menus, not to mention those from Korea, India, Vietnam, and more. If you have a taste for these fresh and authentic flavours, and are noodling over which franchise is the right fit, you’ve come to the right place!
Here, FranchiseCanada profiles Asian food franchises across the country, to help you pinpoint the franchise that will best meet your business tastes. Read on to find your franchise flavour!
Bento Sushi is Canada’s largest and fastest-growing sushi company, with locations across the country and expanding into the United States. Conveniently located in “grab-and-go” kiosks, shopping centres, hospitals, and schools across Canada, Bento Sushi is committed to delivering quick, fresh, and convenient products consumers can feel good about eating.
The company is looking for sushi-loving franchisees who possess a can-do attitude and have a hands-on approach to life. Franchisees receive on-site training at one of Bento Sushi’s corporate facilities, documentation including a recipe index and operations manuals, a dedicated corporate Area Manager for ongoing support, and access to a national distribution system.
For more than 30 years, Chin Chin has established itself as one of the most iconic restaurant brands, with locations across Los Angeles and on the Las Vegas strip. Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen is a fast casual concept that focuses on providing great Chinese American Cuisine, unparalleled quality and freshness, and the highest level of service and ambience.
Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen provides ongoing support and training, a proven menu, location assistance, marketing and advertising support, and more. The company is looking for franchisees who have a passion for providing excellent food and service in fast and affordable format, while being their own boss.
Edo Japan has been in the business of providing fresh, delicious Japanese-style fast casual food for more than 35 years. Its unique style of cooking, made to order on Teppanyaki grills, was a first in Canada, and it is now one of the most popular and successful franchise chains in Canada. Edo Japan’s restaurants are experiencing explosive growth, high sales productivity, and excellent return on investment at both its mall and street front concepts.
Edo Japan offers all franchisees comprehensive training and support that includes personalized assistance from the dedicated franchise team. This includes an extensive five-week hands-on training program and continued support after opening to ensure success.
Element Fresh is the leading casual dining brand in Shanghai and across China, with an all-day dining menu including health-fuelled and flavour-filled dishes infused with many superfoods. Initially famous for its wholesome, gourmet salads and fresh fruit juices, the western-style menu includes a wide selection of continental appetizers, innovative dinner entrees, and American‐style breakfasts.
All franchise partners are provided with proven kitchen, dining, and delivery SOPs, all having been fine-tuned over the past 15 years. Element Fresh also has a professional team who provide full training for each new restaurant, which involves on-site coaching and post-opening support.
KimChi Korean Delight is the first Korean quick service restaurant in Quebec, created by MTY Group in 2007. This concept successfully responds to consumer demand for healthy, fresh, and enticing menus, while educating consumers on the next sensation in Asian cuisine. KimChi specializes in authentic Korean dishes, such as its famous BBQ meats, flavourful soups, and stir-fried dishes.
KimChi franchise owners have access to the expertise of highly-experienced professionals, who have made KimChi a top-notch health food concept through delicious and healthy recipes, training and operational support, purchasing power, and established advertising and marketing strategies.
By marrying some of the finest Korean culinary traditions with modern day lifestyles and tastes, Koryo restaurants proudly offer “Affordable Gourmet.” Every meal is carefully prepared with grade A meats, no preservatives, and no MSG. Food orders are fired up on a hot grill right before customers’ eyes, while the excellent service at each restaurant is complimentary with every meal.
The most important aspect of franchisee qualification, aside from financial ability, is the ability to adopt the Koryo culture, or in other words, the candidate’s business and personal attitude toward franchising. Koryo is a very unique venture, which thrives on bringing strong, ethical, and conscientious leaders onto its team.
The focus of Koya Japan is fast, fresh, and delicious meal choices to satisfy the health-conscious individual. Each meal is “made-to-order” and grilled to perfection right before the customer’s eyes, then complemented by one of the brand’s famous sauces. Koya Japan’s teriyaki and yakisoba dishes have been enjoyed by customers since 1985, and the menu also includes ramen, noodles, and Japanese curry dishes.
Koya Japan is continuing to grow, and is looking for dedicated franchise owners who are enthusiastic and passionate about Japanese good to join its team. Franchisees are selected based on business acumen and experience, financial viability, character and attitude, effective learning and communication skills, and more.
Manchu Wok is one of the largest oriental quick service restaurant chains in Canada and the United States. The company started in the early 1980s, and operates primarily in food courts of large regional malls and non-traditional locations. Chefs use market-fresh vegetables, and cook using the wok – the world’s oldest cooking method.
Manchu Wok supports its franchisees every step of the way. It is involved from the start, and will remain on hand as the business progresses, always available for constant training and guidance to maintain high standards and quality. Franchisees are also provided with professional and timely marketing and communication materials.
Founded in 1979, Mandarin Restaurant Franchise Corporation is an award winning, all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant serving Chinese and Canadian food, as well as a la carte and take out menu items, in the Southern Ontario region. Mandarin is committed to providing fresh and quality food to customers at all times.
Mandarin only accepts franchisees from within its existing system. Mandarin franchisees must work for at least one year at any of the restaurants. Upon favourable recommendation, potential applicants will then be admitted to the training program at corporate headquarters. Franchisees are selected from this pool of applicants.
The demand for fresh, easily customizable food is rapidly growing, and Noodlebox has been a trusted name in the business for more than 15 years. The Noodlebox brand is designed to be highly competitive in urban and suburban markets: the menu and store design is distinct enough to appeal to urbanites, yet both aspirational and approachable enough to ensure everyone feels comfortable.
Noodlebox partners with franchisees every step of the way. From site selection, store design, and training to ongoing operational and marketing support, the systems are designed to put success within reach. The franchise is currently looking to grow the brand from British Columbia through to Ontario.
Rolltation is Toronto’s newest hybrid food, offering customized hand-held sushi burritos, as well as poké bowls and salads. Each menu item containts the perfect combination of proteins, veggies, and sauces to satisfy customers’ need for that fresh, healthy, delicious food.
Rolltation provides franchisees with a successful business structure, site selection assistance, access to its food distribution and supply chain, training, recruitment assistance, brand marketing, menu development, and continuous business analysis. There are three different store types: fast casual (approx. 1500 sq. ft.), express (approx. 800 sq. ft.), and food court restaurant (approx. 300 sq. ft.).
Established in 1988, Sukiyaki has a long-standing tradition in serving fast Japanese comfort food. The Teppan grill is the focal point, and is where the most popular teriyaki and yakisoba dishes are freshly prepared every day for customers. Sukiyaki also offers a variety of noodles, sushi and noodle soups.
Sukiyaki offers a two-week intensive training program at one of its training centres, where the highly-skilled operations team will train franchisees, step by step, on everything they need to know to prepare all menu items. Franchisees will also receive extensive training on how to efficiently and effectively manage their Sukiyaki business.
SushiGo is a boutique concept specializing in the preparation and sale of sushi, soups, and salads, to take out or eat in. Its mission is to help customers discover gourmet-quality Asian food at an affordable price. SushiGo also offers a large selection of quality teas, offered by cup or in bulk.
SushiGo has several locations in Ottawa and Gatineau, but the franchisor doesn’t compromise when it comes to putting quality before quantity. A SushiGo has to be backed by committed, passionate people, or it won’t open. That’s why they’re looking for more than just investors – they’re looking for ambassadors.
Sushiman is a modern Japanese fusion concept offering traditional sushi rolls, as well as a wide selection of unique creations. Customers choose from a wide assortment of combos, made fresh throughout the day by passionate chefs, or from the vast à la carte selection that is guaranteed to satisfy a sushi craving. Sushiman is a great option for a fresh and healthy meal on the go.
The Sushiman team supports franchisees at every stage of business development: business plan, financing, selecting a location, negotiating a lease, training, management support, advertising campaigns, and research and development.
Sushi Shop’s unique approach to Japanese cuisine offers an impressive variety of delicious, nutritious meals prepared fresh daily to enjoy on the spot or to take home. Beautifully designed, Sushi Shop restaurants meet growing demand for affordable, healthier meals any time of the day with an enticing selection of delectable sushi.
Sushi Shop is always searching for passionate, hardworking people who want to contribute to its growth and development as a leading restaurant brand. By joining the Sushi Shop family, franchisees will benefit from its experience and expertise, and will receive the support and guidance that one needs to operate a successful small business.
Tandori serves Indian cuisine, with recipes inspired by the traditional “Tandori” Indian oven cooking style. The mouth-watering curries, marinated meats, and vegetables are prepared in specialized equipment that allows Tandori’s easy-to-operate restaurants to serve gourmet traditional Indian cuisine in a modern quick service format. Tandori prepares traditional recipes, which were carefully developed by three generations of award-winning chefs from India.
The largest Indian franchise restaurant chain in North America, Tandori continues to add original menu items that incorporate the latest food trends in North America.
Thai Express is the leading quick service Thai restaurant brand in North America. The Thai Express vision of success is to exceed customer expectations by offering an interesting variety of authentic Thai food prepared and served by well-trained and motivated staff.
Thai Express provides continuous support and professional guidance to all franchisees from the early stages of training and development, all the way through to the exciting opening day and beyond. Thai express offers a two-week intensive training program at one of its training centres in Quebec or Ontario for all new franchisees and chosen staff, which focuses on food preparation and experienced operations.
Founded in Quebec City in 2007 by locals, Thaizone rapidly established a strong position in the quick service restaurant market throughout the old city. Thaïzone prides itself on high-quality ingredients, delicious recipes, and outstanding customer service. The goal is to offer fast, fresh and nourishing Thai meals as a great alternative to fast food.
Thaizone is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its focus on superior product quality and providing outstanding customer service based on a multi-service concept: restaurant service, takeout orders, and drive-thru service. On top of this, its marketing strategies and recipe selection will keep customers coming back for more.
Tiki-Ming is one of Canada’s pioneers in the Chinese quick service industry. Since 1983, Canadians have enjoyed the delectable tastes of Tiki-Ming’s cuisine. Tiki-Ming offers an extensive menu of authentic Chinese dishes made with only fresh ingredients and served fast and hot.
Tiki-Ming is continuing to grow in the restaurant services industry, and is looking for dedicated franchise owners who are excited and passionate about Tiki-Ming food to join its team. Tiki-Ming proudly serves customers in more than 40 locations, in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia. The brand has also expanded internationally, with locations in Bahrain, Qatar, and Morocco.
Twisted Indian Wraps is a fast casual concept in the Indian segment. The cornerstone of the Twisted Indian Wraps concept is “exceptional Indian flavour prepared slowly, served fast.” All items are made to order, and the menu includes roti wraps, naan wraps, salads, poutine, burgers, and Indian meals.
Franchisees receive support when it comes to site selection, lease negotiation, construction, training, marketing, design, and ongoing operations. Restaurant experience is always helpful, but experience running another type of business working with employees is a major asset. A comprehensive training program and support manuals will help franchisees to learn the business.
Vie & Nam is a concept wrapped around fresh home-style Vietnamese favourites served in a fast and trendy environment at affordable everyday cost. Vie & Nam strives for excellence, and takes great pride in the food that it prepares. Therefore, all items are prepared fresh using only the best ingredients.
Born in 2008, Vie & Nam wanted to share Vietnamese culture, and blend it with today’s trends. Healthy, simple, and full of flavour is what Vie & Nam is all about (vie=life, nam=abundant).
Wasabi Grill and Noodle is a new, contemporary quick serve Japanese concept. Wasabi is a dynamic and exciting brand that caters to a market of increasingly sophisticated customers demanding the latest and greatest in the food industry. Wasabi Grill and Noodle is committed to providing a premium Japanese Teppan-style quick-service experience. Prepared fresh daily, menu items use only the finest and freshest ingredients.
Wasabi Grill and Noodle stands behind the quality and authenticity of its food, and its modern, sophisticated, and sleek design sets it apart from the competition.
Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen serves up an Asian-inspired menu within a contemporary, energetic atmosphere. With food cooked right in front of the customer’s eyes, this fast casual restaurant appeals to every palate and dietary need.
Wok Box offers gluten friendly, vegetarian, and vegan options alongside traditional meat dishes. Fast, unbelievably fresh, and extremely flavour filled are undeniable hallmarks of this growing brand.
To ensure each franchisee is equipped with a thriving business environment, the experienced Wok Box teams utilize successful systems and training programs that are designed to provide support from build out to day-to-day operations.