IN THE words of Anchorman Ron Burgundy himself: “Well, that escalated quickly.”
Invited to review the Yo! Festival menu at Yo! Sushi’s George Street branch, my wife and I might have gone slightly overboard on the conveyor belt of gluttony.
For the uninitiated, diners help themselves to dishes as they circulate the restaurant, with plate colours indicating the prices, ranging from £2 to £8.50.
We had just planned a light lunchtime bite. By the time we squeezed out of our funky booth, we had demolished no fewer than 17 dishes between us. And therein lies the beauty – and the danger – of Yo! Sushi. It’s incredibly convenient, genuinely fast food, and all-too tempting to have just one more dish.
Those people put off by the thought of raw fish should note that there is more to it than sushi. And if what you want is not on the conveyor belt, then just ring a bell and order one. Beware, though, the siren that you launch is not for the faint-hearted: It’s the booming vocals of an angry Japanese woman.
From the blue menu, highlights included the chicken katsu curry – breadcrumbed fried chicken with boiled rice and oriental curry sauce. A real crowd-pleaser.
The duck gyoza were also a treat – rich meat in a crispy dumpling with a hoi sin dip. Yasai yakisoba was a very tasty noodle dish, and the spicy pepper squid was really crispy.
We watched some Japanese diners to find out the correct way to eat the edamame beans (tip: DON’T eat the whole pod – they are not mange tout) and they were pretty moreish.
The popcorn shrimp (£5), deep fried, battered and in a sweet miso sauce, disappeared in seconds, as did the Japanese sea bass (£6).
The sushi rolls were also great, coming as they do with a huge variety of fillings, although salmon and tuna feature heavily.
Star dish, though, was the hot and sticky sweet beef teriyaki. So good we had to grab a second from the belt.
Our meal was topped off with a rather yummy selection of Japanese soft drinks, including yuzu and pear juice, and Ramune Soda (billed as Japan’s oldest soft drink).
We left feeling bloated but stumbled back to the car sated! We didn’t take the sprogs this time, but I know they’d love most of the food – almost as much as the concept of tiny dishes travelling round the conveyor. Maybe next time…
Yo Sushi, George Street, Oxford. For more information, go to yosushi.com.