“Wake me up Tokyo to Go-Go, don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo…”
Every time I think about Yo! Sushi’s new Tokyo to Go range I end up with a reworked version of Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go in my head. I think this is a very good thing indeed, and so I feel the need to share this with you, because Wham are great.
Anyway, enough about my love of 80s classics. I’m guessing most people already know about Yo! Sushi, but if not they’re most famous for being a brightly coloured restaurant where Japanese dishes are taken by diners direct from the belt – and the coloured plates relate to the cost of the dishes, or ordered from the open kitchen. They opened their first branch in London in 1997 with their first branch outside London opening in Birmingham Selfridges in 2003.
Their new Tokyo to Go range has a scarily impressive 70 dishes on the menu, which might not be all that, I’ve just never counted how many different dishes I see on the conveyer belt because I’m usually too busy eating, or watching hawk-eye style for a certain dish. Of the new options, there is a series of chirashi pots, which translate as scattered rice, apparently. These take-away pots include either sesame soy marinated fresh salmon, ponzu marinated tuna, sesame marinated tofu or soy and shichimi marinated grilled chicken with kaiso seaweed, Japanese pickles and yuzu furikake on a bed of rice. I went for the sesame soy marinated fresh salmon which was nice and fresh. From the looks of the pot I thought there would be too much rice, but there’s a nice balance of flavours and the Japanese pickles are incredibly moreish, but maybe because I think pickles are great.
Frankly I should’ve stopped at the chirashi pot, but I also ordered a Kaiso Salad, another new dish, which is marinated mixed seaweed, edamame and carrots in a su-miso sauce – in a contained with a ‘fresh today for today’ label. Honestly I thought this is a salad, it’s mostly green, and because I didn’t read the description properly I thought it was going to be really dull. But there was a nice sweet with a touch of saltiness to it. And just because I apparently was trying to eat myself into a food coma, I also had some traditional miso soup – soya bean broth with wakame, spring onion and tofu. I was expecting a small little coffee cup style portion but this was much bigger, though the wooden spoon I was given to eat it with was a bit naff – thankfully I have cutlery at work. I’ve had some miso soups before which have been too salty but this was nice and comforting, which on a fairly miserably day, weather wise, was welcomed.
Food is available at the original first-outta-London Yo! Sushi in Birmingham Selfridges, which is a good excuse to go for a lunchtime shopping spree and treat yourself for lunch. Or if you’re feeling super lazy, you have have it delivered too. Check the website for details; http://yosushi.com/yo-to-go
Disclosure: I was given some complimentary dishes to try, all opinions remain my own. Except the one about Wham being great, that’s just a fact people.