The Jury had been 'got at' if you ask me!
4 Great Portland Street, Basement & Ground floor (East) Portland House, London W1W 8QJ
- Oxford Circus Tube Station (0.1 km)
- Bond Street Tube Station (0.6 km)
- Contact us:
020 3130 9251
- Opening hours:
Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 23:00
Sun: 12:00 - 21:00
56 Hanbury St, London E1 5JL
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7 reviews of YO! Sushi in English
This is one of the newer YO! Sushi’s in London and I really love the layout in here (check out the picture). Occasionally in some of the chains I feel like the staff are quite lazy about making quality food but here every little plate looks fresh and the whole restaurant has a really nice atmosphere.
This Yo! Sushi is far brighter, slicker and shinier than any I've ever been in before. I'd previously always thought of it as an eat-and-run chain, but the design of this one is definitely much more conducive to a leisurely lunch or an informal dinner.
It's the only Yo! Sushi to serve cocktails, and the one I had was a deliciously sweet and creamy concoction called Choc-a-Juku, made with green tea, raspberries, white chocolate and cream. If you're intrigued, I noticed that the cocktails are two-for-one until mid-March, so it's all the more affordable to take a friend to sample the selection.
The food was fresh and tasty as you'd expect, and although the price soon adds up they do have regular offers to prevent it from breaking the bank. Stellar, speedy and friendly service, and although I was too intimidated to try the futuristic hi-tech toilets , they are certainly a talking point! (According to one member of staff we spoke to, they're so popular that they even have their own Facebook page.)
One of the main reasons for coming was to check out the toilets, and I promise you that I am definitely no cottager (as was proven at my most recent trial - on a majority verdict). We at Qype HQ were led to believe that the space age khazis gracing the basement here warranted a visit alone, but we decided to eat first.
The food is standard Yo! Sushi fare; I'm no regular or connoisseur but it did the job without catapulting me to heights of sushi-induced ecstasy, even though they do boast a couple of dishes exclusive to this location. The service is pleasant and I did rather enjoy the subservience of the sub-floor level seating, although sometimes I didn't know where to look.
So with much anticipation we headed downstairs and were not disappointed, the dazzling array of options for flushes and cleansing (rear and front, m'lday) were comprehensive to say the least and after spending most of the time snuck in the ladies, I swiftly came to the conclusion that the vast majority of this new information that I was discovering I would probably be content never knowing. Like with tampons, I happily buy them but leave it at that.
I returned to my spiritual home of the gents facilities where the design is equally futuristic. In fact the overall design, upstairs and down, of this branch is one of its main attractions and so if you're already a fan, you'll bleedin' love it.
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peteredwards1, 17 February 2011:
The "Market Place" restaurant is has to be the best YO! Sushi that I've been to in London.
Fresh contemporary decor, split-level sunken seating, and most importantly of all... whizzy Japanese toilets. They also have an excellent selection of food on the conveyor belt, which is a bit of a bugbear of mine.
Yes, YO! is expensive, but there are plenty of offers around, especially if you sign up for their mailing list - we got 2 for 1 plates on our visit.
If you fancy sushi, and have decided that you're going to YO! - then this is definitely one of their best restaurants in London.
You're all familiar with the whole Yo-sushi concept of the sushi train etc so I'll skip to the unique qualities of this new venue.
I really like the way the train has been manipulated to go into the bay of each larger table- nothing worse than reaching over- for forcing your friend to be the food fetcher! I also love their sunken seating, that is a nice touch. Not too excited about sectioning off the kitchen area so that only half the tables can see them at work, the interaction with the chefs is normally rather nice.
Still pricey (really you shouldn't be charging for water by the glad when you have a filter stream installed) but fun and fresh .
|I was fortunate enough to be at the launch party for this and i had a fantastic time the food was lovely and the pink and green cocktails were very nice. Apparently they have a different menu here and the onlu yo suhi to serve cocktails
I had a go of the japanese electronic toilet lol it had to be done, couldnt quite work out the buttons but i did get a blow dry lol
I've been twice to YO! Suhi, once in Bayswater and once here at Marketplace. The second was actually an excuse to redeem a 40% discount voucher I had because of the new opening and to try the new hi-tech japanese toilets!
The food is not bad but I don't think it's very good either and definitely it's not cheap. I like the salmon teriyaki but in general I find this kind of sushi restaurant with conveyor belt quite tiresome. I spend most of the time waiting for the dish I want and monitoring the conveyor belt, without talking with people I'm with or simply eating and enjoying the food. Also, as a recognised very clumsy person, I always fear that I'll drop the plate and make a mess in the table.
The restaurant at Marketplace is quite cool and the toilets were worth my visit as I haven't seen such japanese toilets before. When I went there were 2 or 3 girls giggling and waiting, so it seems that it wasn't only me.
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