I love Yo! Sushi, but unfortunately it’s one of those places that isn’t on my doorstep. I mean, there’s Nudo in Sunderland’s city centre, but if you don’t get there before dinner time usually all the good stuff is gone. So, it was a real treat to pop through to Yo Sushi, in Newcastle for a little taste of Tokyo.
I’ve been to the branch at the Metro Centre, but there’s no walls so you don’t really get the effect you receive here. I’m talking about the comic strip feature wall, the slick white tiles, the industrial red hanging lights and the japanese music videos playing on the flat screen TVs. It’s modern, futuristic and in the cosmopolitan city of Newcastle, it’s the perfect place to dine out.
While we were looking over the menu we were given a bottle of Aloe Vera to try, which unfortunately wasn’t to my palate, but if you don’t mind bits in your drink then give it a go – it’s rather sweet!
After what felt like ages, I finally decided to choose plain yakisoba* (£2.15), chicken katsu* (£4.15) and takoyaki* (£3.65). Everything came rather quickly, which was great because sitting next to a conveyer belt full of food when you’re starving is torture.
I love katsu chicken and what’s not to love? Tender chicken covered in a crispy coating and drizzled in a curry sauce – perfect. This bowl took me minutes to finish, but once I did I used my plain noodles to mop up the rest of the sauce, as I wasn’t going to let that spicy nectar go to waste.
I then moved on to the takoyaki, which are lightly battered dough balls filled with octopus. I thought this was going to be similar to calamari, however, when I bit into the crispy balls I found the octopus was in a mousse form, which was pleasantly surprising.
Soon my bowls were piled high and each one of them completely clear. I then tucked into a bowl of popcorn shrimp* (£5.25) that Chloe had ordered because apparently I just “had to try” it, and I’m so glad I did.
I can’t even begin to explain how incredible these taste. For me, I think it’s the sweet shiro miso and chilli sauce, there’s something about it that’s so addictive. Once the bowl was gone I could have easily finished off another.
The great thing about Yo Sushi is although I felt like I’d stuffed my face, which I did, the food itself is incredibly healthy so you don’t get that guilty feeling. I say this and we kinda couldn’t resist the cakes and sweet treats that Yo Sushi has to offer, so may be the healthy thing didn’t count on this visit.
While Chloe chose the chocolate mochi*, I went for the custard dorayaki*. The pancake slices were fluffy and light, while the custard filling was incredibly creamy and the fresh strawberry sauce – oh my – it was so deliciously tangy and sweet. To me it was a japanese take of a Victoria sponge, and I recommend if you’ve got room left to give it a go the next time you visit.
Have you been to Yo Sushi in Newcastle yet? What dishes do you love?
Sarah Jayne x
(* I received a complimentary meal in exchange for a review. My review is completely honest and all words and opinions are my own)