Monday, 4 August 2014

Out and About Double Date to Yasu

My boyfriend and I may on occasion fall under the category of "foodie". We like to eat, we like to eat well, and we also appreciate the hidden gems.

Top: Tophshop, Skirt: Topshop, Shoes: Joe Fresh,
Necklace: Hudson's Bay, Purse: Chapters Indigo,
 Ring: Thrifted, Sunglasses: Bungalow
Ajay has been talking about Jiro Sushi and the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi". After the success of the film the apprentice-now-chef Daisuke Nakazawa travelled to New York to open Sushi Nakazawa where he serves a twenty-course omakase (Chef's choice) for a limited 10 guests per seating.

Yasu Omakase Sushi Bar is one of Toronto's first (if not the first, I would certainly venture the best) omakase sushi restaurant. Since their exceptional review in The Globe and Mail they have been overwhelmed with reservation requests and it is a wonder how we landed such prized seats.

Seating 10 people our party of four nearly took up half the restaurant. We were greeted with a warm reception by our host for the evening. She took her time in explaining the cultivated list of sakes Yasu has to offer and shared a little of Japanese custom and culture with us as we struggled to be less oafish and act the part of the elegant young professionals we claimed to be.

The chef was knowledgable and patient, answering each of our many questions. He took his time with his creations and from where I was sitting it was a work of art.

Each piece of our 20-course meal was handcrafted and full of intricate and overlapping flavors. I am, as of now, forever ruined in terms of sushi. I can never go back to the ten dollar maki combos and California rolls of my rushed lunch hours.

The mackeral pictured above was especially to die for.
Without a doubt our evening out to Yasu was one of the best experiences of the Summer. The fresh menu and paired dry sake was a perfect balance to the balmy evening. The showmanship, whether inadvertent or otherwise was captivating and by our last course we were already inquiry about second reservations. 

Of course, now they're booked up for the next few months.

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