Yasu is Canada's first Omakase sushi bar in downtown Toronto. Our guests are invited to enjoy our Omakase sushi tasting course offering a variety of seasonal fish of the finest quality.
“I want to bring out the Umami of the Sea ” Chef Yasu
When Chef Yasu dreamed of opening his sushi restaurant, his single focus was to share his passion for bringing out the natural umami of ingredients in his sushi. Yasu pays homage to the edomae sushi roots to showcase the beauty of simplicity by using classical methods to draw out the umami of fish. Our roots, methodology, and determination comes from our passion for sharing the umami flavor in our food. Our food is the purest expression of our goals and devotion. Expertly prepared, our fish is freshly sliced and placed atop warm, loose rice then brushed with a touch of nikiri soy for a perfectly balanced bite. It is served immediately for maximum flavor and freshness. Yasu, simply put, is purity at its finest.
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.