With the new foodie centric development at Cathedral Square in Worcester finally open, the city is really coming into it’s own now. YO! Sushi is one of the brands that have brought their food to Worcester.
Being huge fans of sushi already Dr W and I were excited to be invited on down to YO! Sushi. Not only were we going to try out what they have set up in Worcester, we were going to get to find out what it takes to prep for a days worth of service at the restaurant.
For our demo we learnt all about how Tuna Sashimi is prepped. The tuna they use is yellow fin, which is of amazing quality. We learnt that different parts from the belly are used in different types of sushi. Sashimi being from the softest part, then the “tougher” parts would be used in rolls or nigiri. The knife sushi chefs use is very very sharp and must be well maintained. Dr W (a metallurgist by trade) tells me they use a special steel that is quite stiff so they can get a perfect cut each time. A bendy knife would lead to inaccurate cuts. It was amazing watching the chef cut these, he got the perfect size every time. So accurate!
So after our demo we jumped straight into food. We couldn’t not start on the amazing sushi that we’d been watching going round for the duration of the demo. For those of you who’ve not been to YO! Sushi before, your food comes round on the belt (a kaiten – conveyor belt sushi). Each plate has a different colour which dictates the price. You pile your plates up when done, then your server will work out the damage!
We started with the Beef Nigiri, there wasn’t much Beef going round the belt that evening and it’s one of Dr W’s favourites. We then grabbed the YO! Roll, their classic dish. This is salmon and avocado rolled in rice with fish roe on the outer. One of my favourite dishes definitely! We also tried the delicious Blossom Roll, which is similar to the YO! Roll, but comes with extra delicious salmon on top. Another favourite of the evening.
Chatting with the restaurant manager Luke, we found out that YO! Sushi have expanded their menu quite a bit to include street food. Not moving entirely away from their original brand but wanting to show off other Japanese dishes and be more inclusive to those who don’t necessarily like sushi.
Off the hot menu we grabbed the long standing Katsu Chicken, as well as the Osaka Style Squid, Takoyaki and Spicy Pepper Squid. The Katsu Chicken has been on the menu forever and is the go too for many. It’s a good curry, but given the other amazing street food of the menu I wouldn’t necessarily jump for it.
Dr W and I were both huge fans of both squid dishes. Although the spice from the Spicy Pepper Squid was more my kind of thing. The Takoyaki are deep fried octopus fritters. I didn’t really like the squishy inside coupled with the squishy tenticles personally. But Dr W loved these. It just meant I got more squid!
We decided to try a couple of dessert dishes. After lots of fish I opted for the fruit, which is all fresh and delicious. Dr W opted for the Strawberry Cheesecake Moki (sweet rice balls). Again I’m not a huge fan of these, the texture doesn’t do it for me. Dr W said he’d quite happily have eaten a few more plates of them and wants to try the chocolate next time!
Overall we had a great time at YO! Sushi at Worcester. The restaurant was busy, the staff were attentive, people looked happy and the food was delicious! Hot food is ordered separately from the food going round the belt, all these dishes care out promptly. I can’t wait to go back again. It’s great that I can finally soothe my sushi cravings in Worcester!
Have you been to YO! Sushi before? What would you order? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We were invited down to YO! Sushi to try out their new restaurant. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. YO! Sushi is located at 7-8 High St, Worcester WR1 2QW.