While I enjoy most cuisines, sushi (is it a cuisine? Food group? Genre?) is fairly high up the list. In fact, if I had to pick a ‘final meal’ I can guarantee you that salmon sashimi would appear on it. I also have to admit, of the mid-range sushi players in town (Sushi Counter, Sushi Art, Sumo Sushi), after a few attempts at Yo! Sushi, I wasn’t impressed by the quality of fish and value for money and have not visited a venue in a number of years.
Thus, when contacted to attend a sushi class and tasting, I thought, ‘It’s been awhile and I should give these guys another chance. Also, as much as I like this cuisine, it would be fun to understand how it is made.’ With a number of other Dubai foodies, we all eagerly sat down with a small portion of rice (and paper) in front of us. As the lead chef chatted through the process and the experts made things look easy, the reality is something completely different!
Reference photos (our efforts).
After our novice rolls were tucked away
never to be seen again, with the promise to ‘try anything on the menu’ I was pleased to see a number of additions from my last visit. We tried a number of different dishes, with my favorite being the salmon and yuzu salsa tataki. The sauce (a beautiful blend of yuzu, ginger, and soy) was so flavorful I was practically licking the plate. Also enjoyable were the popcorn shrimp tempura (light, with just the right amount of sauce — nothing too overpowering) and coriander seared tuna, both of which I would be happy to order again. On my ‘not for me’ plates were the crispy salmon skin ISO (the odd texture wasn’t a hit for me) and the chili chicken ramen which I thought would be best left to other experts (Wagamama). Overall, with smaller portions (3-5 pieces), it’s a great way to be adventurous and try out things you might not usually order.
As a long time resident of Dubai, I think it’s easy to get stuck in food habits. Knowing what you like and want to order when you go to certain restaurants and malls is nice enough, but it’s also good to shake things up now and then. For what it’s worth, I think Yo!Sushi would be the most fun for someone who’s not eaten a lot of sushi before. I think there is a lot on the menu that could help people get comfortable with eating (delicious) raw fish.
What’s your plate of choice at Yo!Sushi?