Now, let me be honest here...I don't particularly like sushi. I know what you're thinking "...but you went to YO Sushi?!". It was last summer when I visited YO! Sushi for the first time, and as you sit next to the chefs and can see them cooking up your dishes (one of my favourite parts about the restaurants), I asked one of the experts to recommend me a dish that I might like. To my surprise, there were loads. See my post HERE from my first experience and personal favourites!
When I received the press release with these new dishes, I knew I'd like it all and jumped at the opportunity to try them. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the fabulous new foods!
Chicken Katsu Sando
I'm fully aware this looks like a basic Chicken sandwich but it's actually a traditional dish they have in Japan and tasted amazing. Originally the staple snack of street vendors and food carts across Japan’s network of Bullet-trains, they've put their own fresh spin on it. The tonkatsu sauce and Japanese mustard inside made it super tasty and extremely moorish, I'm inspired to try and recreate at home! We tried this dish first and I liked it so much, I didn't think anything else would top it!
Sweet & Sour Cod Nanbanzuke
This was amazing. AMAZING. I could have eaten bowls and bowls of it. Another Head-Chef masterpiece. Fresh pieces of cod, fried until crisp and dipped into a tangy “Nanban” sauce. This dish takes sweet and sour to another level, it was so easy to eat and I'll 100% be having this again on my next visit.
Seared Beef Roll
Who says sushi has to be raw fish? This roll has tender beef wrapped around fresh, homemade tsukemon pickles with a dusting of shichimi powder for that added kick. I'm going to be honest, I'm not a pickle lover and the powder on top was a little spicy for me. When I say I don't like sushi, this is normally a dish I wouldn't have but I spent a good ten minutes discussing and appreciate the art of Sushi with my table and the chefs. It was so delicate, well put-together/presented.
Izakaya Pork Teriyaki
I had a love/hate relationship with this one! I'm not a huge fan of pork belly, but the flavour were delicious. A delicacy in the back-street bars of Japan’s Izakayas, this Pork Teriyaki uses perfectly tender slices of pork belly served in a sweet and salty teriyaki glaze. Paired with a soft-boiled egg, I liked it but didn't love it as much as the first two dishes.
Fruity Beef Katsu
This dish was created by one of the top Head Chefs as part of their ‘Fresh Tastes of Japan’ competition. They’ve given their Katsu a fruity twist, combining seasoned mince beef in a crispy panko crumb, fried until golden. Then topped off with a generous drizzle of fruity Tonkatsu sauce. I really enjoyed this one, it was easy to eat and the mince was cooked perfectly.
Oska Style Squid
I don't order or ever eat much Squid, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this one however, I can confirm that it was absolutely delicious! I never thought I'd love homemade crispy-fried squid. They’ve gone Osaka-Style with smoky bonito akes, aonori, beni shoga, mayonnaise and tonkatsu for a tasty nish. It's worth noting that the squid is 100% responsibly-sourced too. The only thing that threw me off? The Crispy bits on top looked like they were moving...
Tokyo Banana Cake
I knew I'd love this. I love my desserts and anything with banana is always a winner in my opinion. The Tokyo Banana Cake has fresh cream swirled into a delicate banana sponge topped with chocolate. You can see why this dessert is traditionally given as a homecoming gift in Japan. I liked it so much I might have had my friend Georgie's too (she can't have dairy so..more for me!).
So there we go! I was so impressed with the food, service and atmosphere, I love our local Bournemouth store. The stories, inspiration and thought behind the new foods made me fall in love with YO! Sushi even more. I'll be back very soon. Huge thanks to YO! Sushi & the Bournemouth team for having me.
*Complimentary Meal/Press Launch