Yo Sushi is a Korean owned Japanese restaurant. The interior is quite nice and the renovations do not look cheap. I would have took photos of the good stuff but I think I dropped my phone too many times and the lenses are kind of scratched which makes my photos blurry.
The restaurant is spacious and has comfortable booth seatings as well as wooden chairs with divider walls. They also have games to keep people occupied, I guess for pick up orders.
THE TUNA AND SALMON SASHIMI, LOBSTER ROLL, SALMON, TORO AND TUNA NIGIRI, NABEYAKI UDON AND GRILLED SCALLOPS.
To start, the TUNA AND SALMON SASHIMI ($11.95). The salmon sashimi could have been cut thicker (they are folded in half) and they look like salmon nigiri filet, which gives the impression of cheap sushi. For the tuna sashimi, they used the top part of tuna which is meant for sushi rolls or spicy tuna because there is more tendon and is chewy. The bottom part of the tuna is more rich and is
usually always meant for sashimi only, which we did not get.
The second dish is the SALMON ($1.50), TORO ($2.25) AND TUNA NIGIRI ($1.50). The firmness and shape of the nigiri is perfect, but the rice was a bit warm.
The third dish is the HOTATE BUTTER YAKI, GRILLED SCALLOP WITH LEMON BUTTER SAUCE ($7.75). The scallops have a grilled taste but they are small, dry, stiff and wrinkly. They should only use medium or large scallops for proper skewering because the small ones fall apart. Underneath the scallops are sauteed onions. The onions are sauteed in butter with lemon and is not very tasty. I never say there is too much butter (who doesn't love butter?), but the onions are very wet and there could have been too much butter or the onions needed to be sauteed longer.
The fourth dish is the NABEYAKI UDON, EGG, CHICKEN, FISH CAKE, PRAWN, SHIITAKE MUSHROOM, SPINACH ($10.95). It would have been nice if the udon was served in a nabe or hot pot, rather than a bowl. The nabeyaki udon does not have a clear rich taste and has a weird seaweed broth taste, which is not usually nabeyaki udon. The udon has 3 thin slices of grilled chicken which are chewy, 1 sliced white mushroom (not shiitake like menu says), 2 prawn tempura, 2 egg swirls and 1 crab stick. Tentatsu's nabeyaki udon is cheaper by $3.00 and is a lot better.
The last dish is the LOBSTER ROLL, CUCUMBER, AVOCADO, CRAB MEAT, LOBSTER TAIL AND TOBIKO WITH ORGANIC GREENS ($15.95). This is the only dish we enjoyed tonight. The lobster roll has an actual lobster taste and the lobster tail is lightly battered. The lobster is an Alaskan lobster which used to be expensive for importing and is now more reasonable. Aside from the lobster roll, there is a good amount of spring mix and arugula.
After my visit here, I read some reviews and most of them say that the sauce is overwhelming and takes away the taste from the rolls. Thank gooooodness the sauce is on the side and there is an actual strong lobster taste!
For dessert, COMPLIMENTARY HI-CHEW CANDY. I am a sucker for anything other than cheap mints and usually these would win me to come back. I like the stamp card system as well (which I am a sucker for too) but 10% off is not really luring unless you spend over $60.00, I think a free non-speciality roll is more eye catching. But, this is coming from someone who would not come back. If I liked the restaurant, I would be raving about the stamp card and saying I love it LOL.
- Stamp card
- Lobster roll is good
- Games to keep you occupied if waiting for take out
- Prices are mid-high and not worth it (if the quality is here, no problem, but it isn't)
- Nigiri slices for sashimi? Come on..
- Used the wrong part of tuna for sashimi
- Scallops are not worth $8.00
- Only the lobster roll was good
- I rather spend an extra 5-10 minutes going to Tentatsu
- Some drink refills would have been nice and proper change for tip
- Service is there if you ask