Yo Sushi Trinity Leeds

My dream came true, I got invited to Yo Sushi to a taster evening of their new summer menu! I love Yo Sushi!!! Recently I haven’t been as often as I really miss going every two month for Blue Monday with my Danish friend. Those were the best catch-up dates we had but now she’s too far away. She would have loved this tasting event as much as I did.

Yo Sushi Table Yo Sushi PlatesHitachino Nest white ale

Yo Sushi is incorporating more Japanese street food dishes on their menu, to make it more appealing to people who might not necessarily like fish and more so, raw fish. Out of the seven new dishes we tried, I’d say only one of them is a typical sushi dish and that’s the Seared Beef & Pickle Roll. It turned out to be my absolute favourite of the evening but I came across loads others along the way.

Yo Sushi Summer Menu

To start off we had Bullet-Train Katsu Sando which is fried chicken thigh wrapped in white bread. Funnily enough the bread work really well. On our table we thought it might be a westernised addition to the dish but no, this is a staple sandwich snack in Japan. I really like the hint of mustard in it.

Bullet-Train Katsu Sando

Secondly we were served Sweet & Sour Cod Nanbanzuke (fried pieces of cod dipped in ‘Nanban’ sauce) which I had looked forward to before attending. I love fish so I thought this was going to be my favourite but it turned out to be the one I enjoyed the least. It is a bit to vinegary for me but dipped in soy sauce and wasabi it tastes a lot better.

Sweet & Sour Cod Nanbanzuke

The third dish we tried instantly became my favourite: Fruity Beef Katsu. Seasoned (lots of black pepper) minced beef wrapped in a crispy crumb topped with a drizzle of sweet sauce. I bloody love it, you can never go wrong with pepper.

Fruity Beef Katsu

Half way through we enjoyed Izakaya Pork Teriyaki, pork which melted really well in the mouth. It is served with a soft boiled egg which surprisingly worked really well.

Izakaya Pork Teriyaki

The second and last fish dish of the evening was Osaka-Style Squid. Traditionally fried but topped with a lot of different elements like mayonnaise and bonito flakes. The flakes dance around on serving so if you you’re a bit squeamish with food moving, bare this in mind. They remind me of the toy fish you sometimes get in Christmas crackers and on the same principle these flakes move when warm.

Osaka-Style Squid

Before dessert, my favourite dish of the evening was consumed. Tender beef wrapped around rice and pickles and topped with a chilli powder high gives it a real good kick.

Seared Beef & Pickle Roll

I have never tried one of Yo Sushi’s desserts before as they look too sweet for me. This banana cake however looks too cool to resist and I do like banana so why not?! To me, it tastes like I imagine cartoon food would taste like: super artificial, happy and colourful if that makes sense. It was a nice and fresh finish to the tasting menu.

Japanese Banana Cake

I walked home really full but everything was too tasty to leave behind. The Hitachino Nest white ale beer pairs really well with all the food so if you want to try a beer a bit out of the ordinary I can highly recommend this. It’s got flavours of coriander, nutmeg and orange.

I feel there’s something in Yo Sushi’s new menu that fits everyone’s taste. If you want to try all of them, I suggest to stick to the order e had them as it worked really well.

Have you been to Yo Sushi lately? Which is your favourite dish of theirs? Which of the dishes from their new menu would you try? Full menu for all their restaurants here.

Jennie xx