Yojisan, the latest addition to the Giacomino Drago dining empire, opened early May in Beverly Hills. The sister restaurant of SHU Sushi House Unico, Yojisan is named after Drago’s partner and masterful sushi chef, Yoji Tajima. The Japanese restaurant features contemporary cuisine, including a sushi bar, in a clean, light space designed to complement Drago’s food philosophy seen throughout his numerous restaurants throughout Los Angeles. Yojisan possesses modern ambiance, serving unique yet simply understood food.
Yoji and Giacomino, after working together for more than six years, are more like family than mere business partners. The opening of Yojisan seals this familiar tie and opens up new avenues for culinary diversity and excellence in Beverly Hills.
Developing the menu together, the Japanese and Italian partners will work hand in hand in selecting and purchasing the freshest fish for Yojisan customers. With Tajima taking the helm as managing partner at Yojisan, he will have the opportunity to stretch his creativity and bring even more innovative dishes to the palates of admiring guests.
With Drago’s talent in providing excellent service in a welcoming ambiance coupled with Yoji Tajima’s creative approach to cuisine, will provide Los Angelenos an incredible dining experience in the heart of Beverly Hills.
Architect Dan Brunn, inspired by Tajima’s imaginative creations, turned the familiar literally upside down with the design of Yojisan. The elegantly minimal space, accented by a wall of light panels simulating a bamboo forest and vibrant red boxes, like a Japanese bento box. Welcoming you into Yojisan, a dream-like floating garden of leafy plants hangs over the entry.
Tajima will continue to oversee the dining experience at SHU while longtime SHU chef Leo Garcia will head daily operations to insure the continued excellence guests expect from all Giacomino Drago establishments. Yojisan is open for lunch and dinner.
In addition to Yojisan, Giacomino Drago owns and operates eight restaurants throughout Greater Los Angeles including A1 Cucina Italiana, Celestino, il Pastaio, Panzanella, Piccolo Paradiso and SHU Sushi House Unico and Via Alloro. Giacomino Drago is the youngest of eight children, the family grew and made almost everything they ate. From pressing olives to making olive oil, to making fresh cheeses, to watching his father make wine from their own vineyards and he carries this made-from-scratch tradition in all of his restaurants throughout Los Angeles. He and his brother, Tanino, own several other restaurants as well.
This joint venture, combining Giacomino Drago’s legendary hospitality with skilled sushi Chef Yojisan’s artistry and technique is certainly poised to be a match made in culinary heaven.
Yojisan Japanese Restaurant
260 N Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Written by Lanee Neil