If you're familiar with Newcastle, you might remember when Yo! Sushi used to reside inside Fenwick Food Hall. It upped and left not too long ago - but little did we know, the sushi guys were planning to open a new flagship restaurant, right on Grainger Street. I headed along to their launch party to see what the new setting was like...and try a few dishes from the new menu.
The new menu, Taste of TokYo! looks to bring a more authentic Japanese dining experience to Yo! Sushi restaurants. The hairy prawns have gone though (apparently they've been gone for two years, so we found out - yes, I went back on the Sunday after the launch night, nothing wrong with sushi twice in one week, right?) Anyway, let's not dwell on the hairy prawns as there's so many new dishes to try! Including a squid dish that looked decidedly like pasta - which I really enjoyed.
The decor is unique, bright and very Yo! Sushi. With little references to the food and Japanese culture covering the walls, that signature belt transporting the dishes around the bar and some cool colourful lights, it certainly makes a great flagship. Just another great redevelopment in the city centre - ahead of the new Monument redevelopment due to launch in the Autumn featuring a range of restaurants and bars - I'm curious to see if the Metro Centre bar gets a little makeover to try and rival Newcastle now.
Quick tip - if you're new to sushi or just want a bargain, pop along for Blue Mondays (a mix of dishes for £2.80 each, great way to try out some new things and handy for the bank balance too.) They also do 25% student discount, so if you go Tues-Fri (and Sunday) that's pretty handy too.