I think I like sushi. No, I know I like sushi. It’s having the right sushi that’s the problem. Yo! Sushi was just the place to discover my crush on the sticky rice wrapped bundle. Today I stopped into the newest member of the Union Station family to get a look around and ended up leaving stuffed full of Miso Soup, California Rolls and Mochi Ice Cream. Born in the UK, Yo! Sushi opens its first location in the US today in Washington, DC’s Union Station. Streaming in between walls of bright orange and a mural of Toyko’s nightlife meets DC’s top sites, is a conveyor belt stocked with over 40 sushi dishes, desserts and salads (*over 80 dishes on the menu). Built for a casual lunch or dinner out, bar stools line up around the conveyor belt for guests to pick and grab their dishes. There’s also a to-go station for those that only have time to pay and go.
Yo! Sushi was a blast to all of my senses, it literally took me about 20 minutes to take in the decor, the plethora of conveyor belt options, the miso soup dispenser and the fact that there was a bar stocked with plenty o’ sake in this establishment. So what made me convert? Besides the newness of this whole scene, the restaurant boasts fresh ingredients which was exactly what they put into their California rolls.
Fresh crab meat, avocado with sesame seeds being rolled by the half-dozen sounds like something we have all seen before in the District, but not when it’s Chef Nori Kudo. Chef Kudo is a native of Japan with recent stints at Sushi Roku and Katana in Los Angeles. Bringing fresh, quality food to the fast movers and shakers of DC seems to be Chef Kudo’s goal.
Besides sushi that has turned me out, the Matcha Dorayaki expanded my thoughts on how to incorporate beans in my diet with this Japanese green tea flavored pancake with red bean filling.
The Mochi Ice Cream played a close runner up in my favorites: a sticky rice cake filled with green tea. It was the middle ground between eating plain green tea ice cream and pairing it with a sticky shell of clear honey: we’re talking bliss in my mouth. The miso soup was typical of the flavors you would find in any other miso soup, but Yo! Sushi’s has me wanting theirs a tad bit more at $2.50 for unlimited miso (unreal price for anything in the District of Columbia…).
Yo! Sushi tried to soft open today but it opened with quite a bang, buzzing with a packed lunch room. With prices ranging from $2.50 to $6.00, it’s no wonder why everyone left their lunch boxes home.