Sushi Restaurant Review – YASU Sushi Bar

Hey guys! Hope you had an amazing week and are as stoked as I am for Canada Day long weekend! Personally, I’ll be relaxing with my loved ones and celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram, you already know by now that sushi has a special spot in my heart. Although, I LOVE eating sushi in Toronto, I thought the quality of fish paled in comparison to the West Coast. Until now. Yasu has completely won me over and has become my favourite sushi restaurant in Toronto. 

Yasu Sushi Bar

Yasu Sushi Bar

That restaurant is Yasu Sushi Bar and it is a traditional style sushi bar. They pride themselves in using the best quality ingredients and also serve Japanese delicacies. Yasu only offers omakase which is a meal where the chef picks out the dishes for you. Therefore, I highly recommend that you sit at the sushi bar during an omakase for three reasons. One, you will be able to watch the chefs create their art and two, the fish will be at it’s freshest point. Last but not least, you get to eat your sushi faster. But I must warn you though that for the first couple dishes, you will literally be drooling while watching them prepare the food. 

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Much intricate care

When Ben and I first walked into YASU, I noticed that it was quite small however very cosy. Apart from the big sushi bar, there are two table seats available. I love the clean and modern decor and I felt like I was at someone’s home for dinner. There’s also stairs to go up to the washrooms.

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Loving the exposed brick!

Now that you’ve visualized the restaurant in your head, let’s talk numbers. Yasu charges $105 a person for their omakase. However, you have the option of paying $25 more for the premium sashimi plate. The premium sashimi plate consists of oysters, uni and more. If you’re not a big fan of oysters or uni though it won’t be worth it for you. Ben and I are uni lovers so we decided to go for it. 

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Waiting patiently for our food. Only pic we took there and it’s clearly not close up at all?

Due to the fact that there were so many dishes, I will be posting up pictures with descriptions in the same sequence that were served. I want you to feel like you were there with me experiencing and eating this delicious meal. So let’s begin! 

yasu premium sashimi plate

Premium Sashimi Plate:
– Uni from Hakaido
– Lobster
– Oyster
– Tuna from Mexico
– Tuna belly from Mexico
– Amberjack from Japan

shirako

Shirako aka milt aka snapper testicle ?
What did it feel like to eat snapper testicle? 1. I kinda wish I didn’t know what it was before I ate it and 2. they actually burst in your mouth. Two times. It is a special dish in Japan and they say it’s an acquired taste. I like caviar but not so crazy about Shirako. Glad I got to experience it though!

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Roe on the other hand I love. This is salmon roe from BC with tuna belly on rice.

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Hirame from Japan (the flat fish) I love how they cut it so intricately so it just melts in your mouth. Their ginger is also SO fresh and delicious. In addition, I love that they brush the soy sauce on the sushi for even application.

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Iwashi from Portugal

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The server actually brought out an iPad to show us the fish of the next dish. Shima-aji lives in Shikoku in the southern part of Japan. It’s considered to be a highly premium fish and a Japanese delicacy. Moreover, it has a distinctive yellow stripe in the fish.

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Shima-aji – it has a wonderful texture to it

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Ankimo monk fish liver with perilla leaf – so it’s foie gras of the sea. It’s really delicious and was Ben’s favourite as he loves foie gras.

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Golden eye snapper broth soup is to miso soup as the iPhone 7 is to the iPhone 2. It’s delicious.

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Tuna – three parts of the same fish.
Red – leanest part
Middle – medium lean
Lightest – Otoro which is the fattiest.
We were told to eat from leanest to fattest.

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Aoyagi Clam

Argentinian Red Shrimp

Argentinian Red Shrimp

The next dish was the Shime Saba pickled mackerel from Norway. I was so excited to eat it that I didn’t get to take a picture. But let me tell you – as one of my favourite fishes, it definitely did not disappoint. 

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Unagi from Japan freshwater eel or if you watch a lot of Friends, you’ll picture Ross saying this word.

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Lastly, matcha ice-cream with red bean.

To illustrate, the food at Yasu was incredible. Every plate was made to perfection with so much care. Shoutouts and a big thank you to Vince who was our sushi chef. He has so much passion and skill in his work. In addition, he previously worked at Kasa Moto as a sous chef. Most importantly, (for me) Yasu indeed has real wasabi! They actually grind up the wasabi root before serving.

Real wasabi

My fave!!

In conclusion, Yasu is definitely my favourite omakase in Toronto so far. They only serve what’s in season so the menu changes all the time! Also, if you do decide to go, make a reservation in advance as we waited two weeks for ours. You’re gonna love it! Well, that concludes this week’s post and hope you have a safe and fabulous long weekend! Thanks so much for reading xx

Service: ★★★★★

Food: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Value: ★★★★★

Overall rating: ★★★★★

therefore, yasu is absolutely aliceapproved*

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