Livin’ that belt life at Yo! Sushi, Manchester

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Anyone else get that sense of satisfaction when they introduce someone to something new and they end up loving it as much as you? That’s how I feel about Yo! Sushi; I’ve already taken Alfie twice and he will definitely be a regular and Gemma said we took her for the first time – back in the day. When we were heading home from Manchester, having seen the Spice Girls, we had two hours to kill at Manchester Piccadilly, so decided to get some lunch – and Yo! Sushi was the least busy of the restaurants.

Thankfully this meant we had pick of the seats and we decided to sit around the back, out of the way with our luggage. There seemed a lot more space than usual, but I found this branch different to others I’ve been to in the past, in that there was no unlimited still or sparkling water and a selection of drinks went round on the conveyor belt, so of course were room temperature... that didn’t stop me picking up a couple of cans of Cawston Press sparkling rhubarb though!

Like I usually do, I ordered hot food from the menu first, before taking too much from the belt and feeling full. Luckily Gemma is a girl after my own heart and we ended up sharing everything – eating the cold belt food while waiting for our hot food to be brought to the booth. Even as I write this, it sounds/looks like a lot of food!
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The harasume aubergine (£3; 108kcal) is one of my new favourites, it’s so light and delicate. If you’re not usually a fan of the vegetable, I recommend it, because the dressing makes it. The combination of ginger, garlic, soy and sesame transforms an otherwise bland vegetable.

We then shared some maki – you can’t go wrong with maki. We chose the cucumber maki (£2.30; 150kcal) and the new mixed maki (£3; 196kcal), which consisted of three avocado and three salmon rolls. Yo! also now do sushi sharers too and you can choose between a platter of nine rolls, a nigiri selection or salmon selection... it’s all on the menu, next to the hand rolls, which I also love but didn’t order this time.
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Our hot food then arrived... I chose the pumpkin katsu (£4; 152kcal) and my all-time favourite dish, the spicy pepper squid (£5.20; 207kcal). Gemma chose the chicken katsu (£4.50; 225kcal) and Yo! fries (£3.20; 412kcal). I’d never tried the fries before, but they’re a reasonably new addition to the menu. They were so good, really crisp and topped with sriracha mayo, sesame and aonori. They were packed with just the right amount of heat, but were really filling and after all the fried food, we definitely hit a wall.
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But that didn’t stop us taking a break and then choosing more dishes from the belt. Gemma was all over the katsu chicken, picking up the spicy katsu chicken rolls (£4; 145kcal); while after much deliberation, I thought I’d chosen the dynamite rolls – they were in fact the new kickin’ salmon rolls (£4.50; 212kcal). They were so spicy and even the cream cheese filling couldn’t cool them down. Enjoyable, but not what I was expecting.
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Of course, we had space for dessert too and I had to have the strawberry cheesecake mochi (£4.50; 188kcal). They really are to die for, but I always wish there were three pieces in the portion, rather than two! Gemma picked up the chocolate brownie (£4; 363kcal) which was so dense. It was almost like a set mousse or rich ganache, there wasn’t that spongy or cakey texture to it. The new Japanese cheesecake also looked really good but I resisted temptation... I’m definitely having it on my next visit!

It was great to have a leisurely lunch and not feel rushed, or as though the staff wanted us to leave or need the bench. Yo! Sushi is considered fast food, but there was nothing fast about our experience, other than maybe the speed in which I was full up! Our food and two drinks each came to just over £50, which I don’t think is too bad for the amount we ate – although I know some consider Yo! an expensive option.

Love, Lucy xx

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