Yo! Sushi at Harvey Nichols in London Visited - May 29, 2007 - Lunch
Yo! Sushi is a chain of 25+ sushi restaurants in England (with franchises in France and the Middle East). Our location was right smack in the middle of the 5th Floor of Harvey Nichols, sandwiched between the main restaurant, and the grocery and wine departments. The kitsch of Yo Sushi is that it is a conveyor belt sushi spot. While not a serious sushi restaurant, Yo-Sushi is a lively spot and can be a really fun if you want to watch what you eat first move along a conveyor belt. Fun once? Fun for kids more than once?
But the food bill at Yo Sushi can rapidly add up to a dizzying amount. The dishes are color coded and as you finish you pile up your plates. The color of the dish corresponds to the price of the plate (from £1.50 to £5) and the only £1.50 dish we saw was Edamamae (which were so horrible in color we wouldn’t choose them).
The kitchen is open and the cooks/sushi chefs are regularly creating new items which they place in covered dishes on a metal conveyor belt. This belt is a never ending loop which rolls in front of all the bar seats. The bar also holds a set-up of serve yourself soy sauce, ginger, wasabi, napkins, water (still or sparkling), menu, chopsticks, etc. There is a call button to place special orders with the kitchen and for drink orders. The waiter also come by periodically to collect lids.
The key to the best experience is either to order something special from the waiter or to watch the chefs and choose the dishes which are just made.
The food was quite unimpressive. The best dishes we had were the beet-root salmon (ordered from the kitchen) and the prawns with wasabi sauce (really fresh plump prawns with a light sauce and greens). The beet-root salmon was salmon soaked in beet juice which gave it a pretty purplish red hue and an interesting flavor jolt. The maki we sampled were fine, as was the nigri, but nothing special. Jack ordered sashimi from the kitchen (5 pounds/plate) and it was good.
Jack's last word: The food at Yo Sushi is too expensive for what you get. It is unlikely we would return. Service was poor, the waitstaff on our visit were unfriendly, picking up dish tops regularly but otherwise invisible. Pushing the "call button" got their attention at their own pace.