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Yo! Yo! Sushi! Cardiff Branch
Member Name: miaredalwayswins
Advantages: good food, good price, friendly staff, location
Disadvantages: slight wait
I visited the Cardiff Yo Sushi with friends after work this evening. The Cardiff Yo Sushi I went to is located within the Cardiff St David's Arcade at the eatery ends which stays open til late as opposed to the shops! I hadnt been to this one before but had been to the one in Cribbs Causeway a few times. The location of this Yo Sushi is fab as you have ample parking nearby in the arcade (so you are undercover all the way great if it is raining which in Cardiff....sometimes happens)! Also after 5.30pm parking in the multi-storey is only £2.00 all evening and the car park doesnt shut until after midnight.
The Cardiff branch is a fairly small one and we had to wait around ten minutes to have a booth although there were plenty of spaces to sit around the edges if we wanted. The seating area was ok (a bench and a few seats along the window) and it was good to catch up with friends anyway. There were a few tables outside but given the atmosphere was much nicer inside and we wanted to pick off the belt we decided against sitting outside.
I won't go through the menu or price list as these are things that can be found via the website. However suffice to say whenever I go to Yo Sushi I always add up my bill as I go along and this is easy with the 5 colour plate system. This evening I had four plates and a water (which is my own gripe that you have to pay a £1.05 charge for water, although I read somewhere that if an eatery sells alcohol - which Yo Sushi they have to supply you with free tap water? - well at least this is refilleable and you get still or sparkling - although glasses are tiny!)
I ordered a pumpkin korroke, spicy pepper squid, chicken teryaki and got a kaiso salad off the belt. I like getting stuff off the belt as a starter as it gives you something instantly to munch on. Also endless amounts of ginger (and wasabi) gives you something to nibble on before eating. I like the button system which assures you direct service, not trouble getting the waiters eye here! The only issue I've found is that here and in Bristol the buttons tend to stick meaning the noise goes on forever!
Food came very speedily (within 5-10 minutes) - although strangely was passed over by the chefs who were all cooking in the middle of the conveyor belt (there was only one waitress on so perhaps this was a good idea)! Also we had to wait some time - around 20 minutes for two of my friends hot plates to come out although they did apologise and explain it was due to staff breaks.
In respect of toilets, seating etc everything was fine and no issues with the service at all.
I currently have a student discount card which entitles to 25% off - unfortunately the website wasnt working but the waitress did get the manager who was happy for me to receive the discount anyway with proof of valid student card. All in all my meal came to around £11 which I thought was a bargain! Oh and the food was yummy - and hot!
Summary: Yo! Sushi Success