chicken_katsuWhen we tell people we are taking the kids to Yo Sushi they often have a puzzled look on their faces. Kids eating raw fish? Surely not? The reality is, Emma loves salmon nigiri and the menu is packed with non-food and cooked dishes. The food is healthy, it circles around on a conveyor and the whole buffet concept makes it a great hit. There is the novelty factor of fizzy (and still) water on tap and a call button that yells something in a Japanese accent to attract the staff over.

Emma moved from smoked salmon to salmon sushi like a duck taking to water. Josh on the other hand has not got there yet. His taste buds are still developing so tends to stick to the cooked or simple non-sushi dishes. I’m sure you will find something you like on the new menus so give it a go. Here are a few of our suggestions.

No fish please

I remember going to a sushi bar back in the 90’s with a mate from work. It was in the centre of Perth, Western Australia, run by a family from Japan. I figured he knew what he was getting himself into and was a little surprised when we sat at the bar and complained, ‘ it’s all fish, haven’t they got anything else?’. Way back then, independent sushi shops in Asia-Pacific did pretty much nothing but fish. Things have moved on, especially with Yo!

Chicken Katsu, on it’s own or with rice is a great dish. You have chicken thigh, covered in breadcrumbs with a fruity sauce. As with all the hot food, you can order this from your waitress.

Vegetable, chicken or duck Gyoza. Fried dumplings with a vegetable or chicken filling served with soy and vinegar sauce.

Yakisoba (vegetable, chicken and prawn) is a noodle dish with a mildly spicy and tangy sauce.

Miso Soup, a soy bean broth with seafood, spring onion and tofu and free re-fills!

Spicy Pepper Squid is one of my favourites. If you don’t like things too hot avoid eating the sliced green chilli peppers that it is served with.

Something smells fishy

For the fish lovers there is a mixture of cooked and raw dishes that are worth a try. Here are our favourites.

Salmon and tuna nigiri. Salmon goes down a storm. The tuna is a slightly firmer fish and is nothing like the cooked stuff you get in a tin. The fish is served raw on a small oblong piece of rice.

Cooked prawn nigiri is another of Emma’s faves.

Salmon Maki. Rice filled rolls wrapped in nori, a thin dried layer of edible seaweed. This is not the same stuff you find floating around on Bournemouth beach.

Some simple stuff for simple tastes

Avocado Maki, rice and avocado rolls in a nori wrap.

Tomago, sweet egg omelette on rice.

Inari pocket, sweet soya bean curd with rice inside. A great one to have as desert.

If you are looking for something really simple, Josh started his sushi adventure with the fruit plate. Pineapple, grapes (which dad ate) and strawberries. We then got him a bowl of plain rice and added a bit of ginger and soy sauce. You can grab a plain bowl of noodles too if that works. The sushi chefs are accommodating and can normally whip up any ingredients on to a plate, simple or extravagant.

Why eat Japanese food?

Most of the dishes are low in saturated fat, sushi is high in fish oil, EPH and DHA Omega 3 fats and vitamin E. Nori contains essential minerals found in the ocean. Just be careful with your kids (and yourself) with the soy sauce. It has a high salt content.

Try the green tea. It contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants. Studies have found many health benefits of drinking the stuff. You also get free refills at Yo Sushi!


Let us know if you have tried Yo! and post your favourite dishes in the comments.  Thanks for reading our blog.