Yasu is Canada's first Omakase sushi bar, dedicated to using only the finest fish from around the world.
In a global world where borders are becoming seamless, we can now have access to the freshest seafood like what we have in Japan. We took this opportunity to return to the roots of sushi, in which simplicity was the key ingredient in bringing out the taste of the sea. We use classical methods to draw out the umami of seafood. Our fish is freshly sliced and placed atop warm, loose rice then brushed with a touch of nikiri soy for a perfectly balanced bite. In short, Yasu is all about capturing the essence of sushi. The seasonal ingredients are prepared at the sushi bar and served immediately for maximum flavour and freshness. Come and enjoy our true omakase sushi experience.
Yasuhisa Ouchi - Chef / Owner
Born in Osaka, Japan, Chef Yasu first apprenticed under a sushi chef at the age of 17. He then explored his interests in art and graphic communication. At 30, with the ambition of one day opening his own restaurant, he returned to the art of sushi. He worked his way from the ground up, starting as a dishwasher and gradually perfecting his culinary skills in Edomae and Contemporary sushi for the next ten years. In 2010, he moved to Canada and opened his first small sushi takeout restaurant, Nigiriya, in the residential suburb of Leaside, Toronto. Armed with experience, confidence, and a firm belief in his ideology of a perfect sushi restaurant, in 2014 he took the next step and opened his first namesake restaurant, YASU, in downtown Toronto – it was the first Omakase sushi bar in Canada. Soon after, he received attention from the local media, receiving multiple awards and acclaim. Following his success in Toronto, he opened a second location in Beverly Hills, California in 2019.