Review: Yo! Sushi’s New Menu

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During the week Melanie May went along to the launch of Yo! Sushi’s new menu, check out her review here:

Full disclosure: I love sushi, so this write-up is going to be a little biased from the get go. This week, I went to Yo! Sushi to sample some (ok all, some even twice) of the new dishes added to their already extensive menu. I took up a strategic position at the counter and I looked at all the dishes on the menu marked ‘new’. I was determined to research these dishes thoroughly.

I lunched at the belt and took the first new dish. I matched it to the photo on the menu like some sort of sushi bingo. It was beef tsukune, skewered beef, cucumber and spring onion sausages with a teriyaki sauce – very tasty indeed, but then again I think teriyaki sauce makes everything taste good.

Next, the aroma of the chicken kara age was too delicious to ignore, so I tried these deep fried chicken bites that had been marinated in sake, soy, ginger and garlic and I dunked them in the creamy mayo based dip. They weren’t too greasy and the chicken was succulent. A great addition to the menu I thought, but not exactly very exciting.

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By now though, I was after some sushi and as soon as I saw the inari (a sweet soy bean curd) and chive futomaki I grabbed the little bowl. I took up the delicate roll and without adding any extras; I bit it in two. I was surprised at how sweet it tasted and how delicate the flavour was but again I liked it and when I added salty soy and tangy picked ginger the flavours all merged and brought each other alive; a welcome new addition to the many vegetarian options already on the menu.

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My favourite new dish was the popcorn shrimp tempura in a sweet creamy miso glaze. The batter was so light it melted on my tongue and the sweet, nearly sticky glaze balanced perfectly with the sweet delicate prawns. I wanted another plate as soon as I popped the last shrimp in my mouth, very moreish.

Now, I never have dessert when I go to sushi restaurants, as I just don’t like those Turkish delight-like rice cake balls, so my taste buds were delighted to see chocolate dorayaki on the menu, which are Japanese pancakes filled with chocolate ganache and served with raspberry sauce. I love the combination of chocolate and raspberry so the dish was already winning in my mind but the pancake triangles that I sank my teeth into were the perfect base – really light and fluffy like American style pancakes with just a hint of sweetness. I am delighted this dessert is now on the new Yo! Sushi menu. It finished me off perfectly and I left there stuffed and with my sweet tooth sated.

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These new dishes and many others, as well as some new drink offerings are available now in Yo! Sushi Clarendon Street and Dundrum.

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