Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes

I’ve wanted to eat in Yo! Sushi for years, but my 8 year old son never seems keen and childless days are few and far between. Well today that changed, as I had a day off of work and my wife Denise doesn’t work Mondays, so off we went to The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes. After asking for recommendations last night on Twitter I was told of Blue Mondays, where 45 dishes are just £2.80 each, a significant saving for many – great time for our inaugural visit then. I should add that this was to be the first time we’ve eaten sushi in a restaurant since we visited Japan in 2001, only having had a few bits from the supermarket since then, and maybe some at a train station quick service outlet whose name alludes me.

I’d studied the menu at length last night, and even though I’m one of those people who likes to know what they are having ahead of time and being a creature of habit who often eats the same meal, repeatedly, I planned to do things differently. You see, at Yo! Sushi you can order from the menu, but you can also just grab dishes from a conveyor belt that runs past the seating areas. Making impulse decisions on food would be massively outside my comfort zone, but I was going to try. That was my intention anyway.

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes

We approached Yo! Sushi at midday, in spite of wanting lunch since 11am, and were greeted warmly, taken to a booth and explained the ordering process as we were newbies. Ultimate refills of water for just £1.30, from taps that are actually on the very table you are sat at? I was already in some kind of thirst quenching paradise before the food had even entered the equation. Now onto that food, and my intention to be spontaneous. Let’s just say that a combination of not knowing what things were and not wanting to miss out on the absolute best sounding dishes that I’d decided upon after my menu study session yesterday, meant that after just 1 conveyor belt choice I pressed the button on our table. Within seconds a member of staff was at our table and ready to help.

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes

That initial dish of tuna sashimi was nice, but probably my least favourite if our meal. I’m someone who orders chicken and asks for it to be cooked well done, just to put things into context. Duck Gyoza, Prawn Katsu, Chicken Katsu and Dragon Rolls made up our first round of ordered dishes and all were fantastic. The Katsu and Gyozas were some of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted and we had seconds of all, along with some Spicy Chicken Rolls which had a nice bite, but weren’t too spicy. The Chicken Katsu came on a bed of cabbage which covered in Katsu sauce was amazing, and gave me 1 of my 5 a day, so I told myself.

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes Dragon Roll

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes Chicken Katsu Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes Duck Gyoza

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes Spicy Chicken Roll

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes Prawn Katsu

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes

After 10 dishes we decided it was time for dessert, where Denise chose Custard Dorayaki and I had the Chocolate Mochi, the latter being the only thing we ordered that wasn’t a Blue Monday item. We shared, and while I don’t usually like custard, the Dorayaki (custard in a pancake with a sharp raspberry dip) were actually really nice, but the Mochi (Sweet rice balls with a rich chocolate ganache centre) were a little slice of heaven, and so we had seconds. At that point we decided we’d better stop, to save our stomachs, wallets and dignity.

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes Chocolate Mochi

Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi at The Centre:MK in Milton Keynes Custard Dorayaki

Throughout the staff were brilliant – attentive and friendly, offering to take photos and guiding us where help were needed and being chatty but not oppressive. The food was super tasty and very fresh, and seeing it made in front of us and then put on the conveyor belt was both a fun novelty and very reassuring to see. At a little over £37 it was pretty reasonable, for 2 people eating a lot of food and with 3 dessert dishes. One thing I love about the Yo! Sushi system is that within mere minutes of entering the restaurant you are eating, and for someone as fussy as me, it’s great being able to try lots of different things. After waiting so long to experience it, today’s Yo! Sushi was so good, that I’d without hyperbole say that it is now my first choice place to go and eat. I can’t wait to return, try more dishes and indulge myself with Chocolate Mochi.

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