#12 Yasu


In a world of proliferating cheap lousy sushi, Yasu is the diamond in the haystack. It’s a set dinner for $80, a hard reservation to get, a serene and measured minuet of small perfect sushi. No more, no less. No tempura, no teriyaki, almost no tables. Just a small plain white room with all the dazzle on the tongue. 11 lucky people sit at the sushi bar and watch chef Yasuhisa Ouchi and his helper do the hand dance, preparing one sushi at a time. It changes based on fish markets, but you get about 18 pieces. Like: Ruby red ocean trout from Scotland. Impossible sweet scallops from Hokkaido, Japan. Sweet fresh uni from Japan wrapped in nori so crisp it breaks like glass. Deep red rich toro tuna like butter. Monkfish liver with shiso leaf and ponzu sauce. Barely seared hay smoked Spanish mackerel with grated daikon and chili. Like an edible jewel box.

  • Yasu
  • 81 Harbord St., Toronto (map)
  • 416-477-2361
  • www.yasu-sushibar.com

  • Chef: Yasuhisa Ouchi
  • Sous Chef: Tsuyoshi Yoshinaga
  • Cuisine: Sushi
  • Cost of dinner for two: $160
  • Hours: Wed. to Thurs. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly:
  • Wines available: 10+
  • BYOB?:
  • Corkage fee:
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street parking
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