Up until 5 years back, my only exposure to Japanese cuisine was Rachel Green’s “Unagi” dialog in the Friends series. And let’s be honest here: that isn’t much to ride on when you are trying sushi and sashimi for the first time. As a precaution. my husband had the car revved (in case of any emergency) and I had the way to the washroom noted. Thankfully, its been 5 years since my first intro to Sushi, and I haven’t looked back since.
Last weekend, FoodKissed was invited to a sushi-making masterclass at the newly opened Yo!Sushi in Dubai festival City Mall. It was a media event that started off with an introduction to the brand, its history & processes. The Chef began the class by displaying a giant slab of salmon freshly & sustainably imported (from NZ, if I heard it right). He proceeded to demonstrate how the various parts of the fish is sliced so as to ensure there is 0% wastage. While the fillets go into the sashimis, the thinner pieces go into the rolls. Everything from the tail to the skin gets used up in some form or the other, quite wise if you ask me. The ingredients of a cucumber-sesame maki was already laid on our table, and after wearing the gloves and splashing some vegetable oil on it, I began making the first maki of my life!
The exercise was quite basic, but interesting nevertheless. We were invited to try anything as we please from the menu or the conveyor belt that snaked around the entire restaurant. My appetite was on an all-time low in anticipation of my parking test the next morning, and yet, I managed to try and enjoy quite a few items from the menu. Here is a visual look at what passed my table at the event!
Yo!Sushi served some good food to us that night. What I would like to frown upon is their juices (or lack thereof). You need to specify how exactly you want your herbal relaxation tea – mine came in a tall glass with ice in it. And it wasn’t impressive. The actual tea would be a safer bet.
Service was okay, but no point judging that in between an event. On the whole, I’d recommend this place if you need to get your sushi/maki/sashimi fix. The pictures on the menu help and the small portions encourage adventure. A fine deal indeed. The dishes are priced on the basis of the color of the plates they come in. For instance, the pink plated dishes are charged AED 22, the orange ones AED 20, the green ones AED 14 and so on.
The newly opened Yo!Sushi is located on the ground floor of Dubai Festival City Mall, with “Gold” being the nearest parking. Foodkissed was invited to attend the masterclass and to try the menu. Nevertheless, the opinions are entirely mine and sincere.