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Seriously Curious about Sushi Yasu. Any reports?

shekamoo Jun 12, 2014 06:14 AM

Anyone?

www.yasu-sushibar.com

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  1. grandgourmand RE: shekamoo Jun 12, 2014 10:20 AM

    no...but it's on my radar now. thanks.

    1. elvisahmed RE: shekamoo Jun 12, 2014 10:46 AM

      A friend who went there recently rated it as the best in GTA and that person is a Sushi Kaji fan. I am looking forward to dinning there soon.

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        shekamoo RE: elvisahmed Jun 12, 2014 06:30 PM

        that sounds good!

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        yakionigiri RE: shekamoo Jun 12, 2014 07:23 PM

        Very reasonably-priced omakase. $80. Lots of fish flown in from Tsukiji. Quality was rather good; shari was just okay. Well-cut fish. Hotaru-ika was the best bite, but they should have just served it as is, minus the shari (which detracted from it). Ikura temaki was boring. Most of the other dishes were pretty good (scallop, fukko, uni, hamachi, saba...), but again, I didn't find the shari to be that great. Toro wasn't great, neither were the two varieties of eel served (unagi and anago). Tamago was barely passable.

        Small, sterile venue. Most of the other people at the bar seemed, well, you won't come here for the atmosphere. A lot of Chinese food bloggers and whiteys who have no clue what they're eating.

        They've been open for about a month.

        Overall, it's definitely worth going. Better meal than say, Sushi Couture (recommended recently in another thread, though I'm not sure why). Don't expect perfection or anything mind-blowing, but it was a good meal.

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          shekamoo RE: yakionigiri Jun 12, 2014 07:32 PM

          how would you compare it with Zen?

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            yakionigiri RE: shekamoo Jun 12, 2014 08:24 PM

            I like Zen. The omakase at Zen is cheaper than at Yasu. That being said, I can almost fly to New York in the same time it takes me to get to Zen...

            I've also been to Zen probably 20 or so times, and I've only been to Yasu twice. Zen is very consistent. Yasu? In two visits, less so. Then again, they haven't been open long. Zen consistently has really decent shari, will produce real wasabi (unless they have none), and has very good quality neta. The cuts are overall well-done. Offerings are generally quite good.

            Yasu is a 10-15 minute walk. Price is higher, shari not as good, fish quality is quite good overall, knife work good to okay, not necessarily as consistent course-by-course.

            That being said: they should probably hit their stride before it's critiqued too heavily.

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              shekamoo RE: yakionigiri Jun 14, 2014 11:31 AM

              Ok thanks. I would now like to hear more about it as it keeps developing.

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          nogoro RE: shekamoo Jun 15, 2014 07:09 PM

          I was there yesterday. 16 pieces of sushi, a negi toro hand roll, egg, and dessert. Overall the quality was good, ingredients quite fresh. The uni came out of the shell instead of the usual plastic tray.

          Would have preferred several of the dishes sashimi-only, so we wouldn't be so full by the end. They used the torch for maybe too many of the items. The fish selection was good but not really any varieties that I haven't seen elsewhere.

          Seems like a good competitor to this meal is the kyukyoku at Ja Bistro, not sure if this is better or not. Definitely a quieter environment and the fewer seats could mean more attentive service.

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            derekw RE: shekamoo Jul 19, 2014 12:16 PM

            Globe and Mail review: http://bit.ly/1sAKfzg

            It appears the writer (Chris Nuttall-Smith) knows more about sushi than the average Toronto food critic. He likes the sushi-focus setting, as compared to Kaji where you can smell your neighbours' food while eating your sushi. No walk-ins allowed as fishes are brought in just enough for the reservations.

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              millygirl RE: shekamoo Jul 20, 2014 07:54 AM

              We went last night and loved it. Great vibe - except for the 2 obnoxious diners sitting beside us - and atmosphere. Sushi was amazing and I can't wait to return!

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                yakionigiri RE: millygirl Jul 20, 2014 02:10 PM

                Really? It was very sterile the times I've been. What was served? What were the origins? How was the shari? Was too much torched/oversauced?

                I'm interested in how it's evolving, despite being overseas.

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