Yuki Ishikawa has fused his two passions to create Sydney’s most unique dining experience.
Jazushi owner and manager Yuki Ishikawa’s musical path was set from an early age. His Dad played the banjo and the guitar, and Yuki himself took up the piano at just six years old.
Yuki fell in love with jazz after joining a local jazz club group, in which he played the saxophone. But he quickly became captivated by the drummer of the group and decided from then that the drums were his true musical calling.
“Our band started with swing, then moved into jazz hip hop,” says Yuki, whose band toured venues across New South Wales.
Yuki started off as wait staff at the restaurant he now manages and owns.
“Before working at Jazushi I used to come here and listen to jazz, and I simply loved this restaurant,” he says, “I worked here as wait staff for two weeks before becoming manager.”
Five years later, Yuki now owns and manages the restaurant. If you’re lucky, you may catch him drumming out a few jazzy beats with the band.
The charm of Jazushi is obvious. Where else in Sydney can you enjoy the city’s best live jazz while enjoying authentic Japanese and fusion cuisine? Only in Surry Hills, of course.