Yo! SushiBy Phil Creighton
October 16, 2008
I’m convinced that the person who invented the sushi bar adored model trains when they were younger.
It’s the only explanation I can come up with after, being new to sushis bars, seeing the large model railway track that runs around the Yo! Sushi restaurant in the House of Fraser on The Oracle’s Riverside.
Stretching across the middle of the whole dining area, different dishes are brought to your station. And if you don’t like what’s on the belt, you can always ask the station master to stoke up your boilers with something from its menu.
It’s this approach to dining that makes dining in a place like Yo! Sushi fun. Instead of ordering from a menu and having a meal brought to your table, here you can wait for your preferred dishes to come round.
The plates – all coloured coded according to cost – chug merrily around the restaurant, waiting for hungry diners to pick them up.
With a wide variety on offer, there’s something for everyone – if you think Sushi is just fish, think again.
There are more than 90 options on offer, a quarter of which are vegetarian, while others are made with beef and chicken.
Not everything is raw either: the chain has worked hard to ensure that first-time visitors can sample some ‘safer’ dishes before trying the more traditional sushi dishes made with raw fish, seaweed and rice.
Prices range from £1.70 through to £5 and you can eat as much or as little as you want.
We started our meal with its miso soup (£1.75), a light soy bean broth with seaweed, tofu and spring onion. Like its green tea (£1.25), you can have unlimited refills. Both are delicious.
From the menu to order, we chose the chicken katsu (£2.70), crispy fried chicken in Japanese breadcrumbs with a fruity sauce, the pumpkin korroke (£2.20), pumpkin croquettes in a fruity sauce, vegetable gyoza (£2.70), crispy dumplings with vegetables and the vegetable yakisoba (£2.20), pan fried Japanese noodles in a mildy spiced tangy sauce with vegetables.
Each was delicious, and ideal for us sushi virgins. Nothing was too spicy but some had bite.
From the conveyor belt, we managed to snare a spicy chicken katsu (£2.70), which saw crisp chicken pieces in a katsu sauce wrapped in seaweed and rice. We also tried the smoked salmon and cream cheese (£3.70) and the seared beef (£2.70) which was raw and very tasty.
Feeling full, we decided to stop there. We felt duty bound to try a dessert – a white chocolate and toffee cake (£3.70), which was small and perfectly formed.
Drinks include Japanese beer Asahi, £3.30, or Sappro at £6 for a large 660ml serving.
Like most sushi bars, Yo! Sushi has the chefs in the middle of the restaurant preparing the food before your eyes, it adds to the theatre and you know it has been hygienically made.
We enjoyed it so much that my wife is making noises about a season ticket. It’ll be cheaper than one from British Rail.
- Telephone: (0118) 914 4630
- Website: www.yosushi.com
House of Fraser
The Oracle Centre