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Yo! Sushi - a delicious place to get fresh sushi
Member Name: rackerss
Advantages: delicious, healthy-ish, fun, different
Disadvantages: quickly adds up in price
Yo! Sushi is a chain of Japanese restaurants across the country. We don't have too many Japanese restaurants in the UK and I really love it at Yo! Sushi. The restaurant I've visited the most is the one in Bluewater shopping centre, but I've also been to various other locations such as Brighton, Piccadilly Circus, Heathrow Airport and Westfield shopping centre. I've not yet been disappointed and I'm really excited for a branch to open up in my City this summer!
So one of the best things about Yo Sushi is the conveyer belt - this is the Japanese style 'Kaiten'. Dishes just come rolling past you and you can just help yourself - this means no waiting! If there isn't anything you fancy on the conveyer belt (unlikely!) you can order anything from the menu and it will be cooked and brought to your table.
So what kind of food is there? Obviously there's sushi. All kinds of sushi. They do maki rolls (the little rolls wrapped in seaweed), sashimi (slices of raw fish), hand rolls, nigiri (two pieces of rice with a topping), gunkan (similar to maki rolls but with a topping) and ISO (inside-out rolls where the rice is on the outside). There's also a selection of soup, rice and noodle dishes, hot Japanese appetisers like gyoza, tempura, teriyaki, katsu and various other Asian dishes you can order from the menu. One of my favourite dishes before I was a vegetarian was the soft shell crab - definitely recommended if you get a chance!
Up until fairly recently, the deserts were a bit odd. The Dorayaki and Mochi are things we don't have and they haven't been very popular with myself or friends I've been with, but now they have introduced little pots of ice cream and some cakes. There's also a fresh fruit salad. Overall I love the food - the choice of vegetarian food is great and there's definitely something if you don't fancy trying the raw fish or seafood!
Unfortunately, eating here can be quite expensive. Each dish is on a coloured plate and each colour represents a price. You keep grabbing stuff off the belt and then realise that it all adds up very quickly! The plates range from £1.80 (green) to £5 (grey). Most dishes are probably purple at £3. I usually have about 6 or 7 plates plus a drink, but as a vegetarian they're usually cheaper plates. If you like a lot of fancy fish dishes you'll be looking at quite a hefty meal which, although you feel full, feels a bit like a light snack because of the nature of the restaurants. Tap water isn't free - £1 gets you unlimited still or sparkling. Miso soup is also unlimited which is really great if you like it. If you sign up to the Yo! Love Club online they will send you discounts occasionally - especially around your birthday. Students also get a whopping 25% off!
It's hard to find really good sushi and this is really good. The readymade packages in supermarkets are no match for the freshness of Yo! Sushi. It's such a fun atmosphere and a great concept that I wish I could go more often. If you are in a rush there's a takeaway option and if you live fairly close to a restaurant they deliver for a £3 charge.
Summary: something a bit different to enjoy - and you will enjoy it