Sushi and Christmas don’t seem an obvious mix to me, I have to admit. But I like them both, so when Yo Sushi invited me down to check out their Christmas dishes I thought what the hell, tis the season and all. Roz, from the Foodie Couple Blog, was also invited down so we met up and checked out how a sushi restaurant does Christmas.
I’ve never been to Yo Sushi in Selfridges so the first thing that caught my eye as they snaked round the deceptively large sushi belt were the exclusive-to-Selfridges dishes, on yellow plates, naturally. There’s quite a range of dishes, both traditional sushi and mini-portions of other Japanese dishes, so there should be something to suit everyone. We tried a few of the Selfridges-exclusive dishes whilst we waiting for the Christmas specials to be prepared: Beef and Garlic Teriyaki, which was lovely and sticky; Fresh Crab & Mango ISO, which had a nice balance of flavour with the crab and mango; and the Scallop Katsu, which were warm but delicious although the coating was a bit thick for my liking.
For Christmas, Yo Sushi have brought out three larger plates; Miso Black Cod, Norwegian Halibut Tataki and Deluxe Sashimi, all priced at £15 each, plus Gekkeikan Honjozo Sake with Gold Flakes for £5. Like the good food bloggers that we are, Roz and I ordered one of each dishes to share, which I’m glad we did as I didn’t expect them to be full sized plates.
Once the dishes had arrived the manager came over to talk us through the dishes, explaining how sushi is usually eaten, dipped in a mixture of wasabi and soy sauce. Now I know this and as much as I try, I’m just not that keen on wasabi, plus I want to taste the fish (that’s why I ordered it). He also explained to us that the fish is delivered daily (and very early) so is nice and fresh and it certainly tastes it. The Deluxe Sashimi plate contained a nice mix of fish; salmon, Yellowtail tuna, sweet Hokkaido scallop, tilapia and sweet Alaskan pink shrimp, which all had lovely fresh flavours. Although given the size of the plate there was a lot of raw fish, which made it a bit much for me but perfect for sharing. This was the same for the Norwegian Halibut Tataki which had a fantastic flavour, particularly with a squeeze of lime which came as the garnish. Of the three though, the Miso Black Cod was my favourite; the fish was had a lovely flavour from the miso and sake marinade and the garlic tender-stem broccoli had a nice kick to it.
Yo Sushi’s Christmas specials are on sale through to the first week in January which means there’s still plenty of time to try them out. They’re full-sized dishes, so I’d recommend grabbing some friends and ordering a range of dishes between you to get the full experience. Sadly it was a bit too early in the day for me to try the sake with gold leaf, but I like how inventive they’ve been with Selfridge’s treasure theme.
Disclosure: Yo Sushi invited myself and Roz down to try the new Christmas specials. All dishes were complimentary in exchange for an honest review, I wasn’t obliged to write anything nice. Also, yeah that is almost a line from TVM, I couldn’t help myself.