I’ve seen Yo Sushi! all over London, but only recently has it popped up in DC. There is currently one location in Union Station and another in the works in Chinatown.
Yo Sushi! is a really fun restaurant but can be a little confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the concept. Diners are seated at the bar, where food on colorful plates travels around a conveyor belt for customers to take. The color of each plate signifies how much it costs, ranging from $2.50-$6 per plate. Whenever something you like passes you on the conveyor belt, simply take it and enjoy.
You can also order hot dishes such as rice, noodles, dumplings, chicken or just any sushi roll that isn’t currently on the belt, from the menu. There is a button at your seat that calls your server over.
At the end of your meal, your waiter counts your plates and gives you the bill.
Mondays are “!Blue Mondays,” which means that any plate off the belt or on their Monday menu is $3. This gives you 45 options to choose from.
I got a steaming hot Shrimp Tempura Roll ($3) off the belt. It came with 4 pieces and was served on a cute “Coming to America” belt. This Yo Sushi! is currently the only one in the US.
The Miso Soup (about $2) is great because you pay for it once and then you can get unlimited refills! It’s a good deal because you can just get soup and two filling plates from the belt and you have a meal for under $10.
I accompanied my meal with Cucumber Sunomono ($3), which is a slightly pickled cucumber salad served with seaweed. I loved the crunchiness and refreshing taste of the cucumber at first, but as I ate it, I realized it was much too vinegary.
I realized that all the food I got was a bit too salty as I continued eating it. I ordered some kind of Teriyaki Chicken Skewers ($4), which was overly saturated in sauce. I did not like the combination of the overly-salty chicken and acrid cucumber salad.
I think sometimes you have to visit a restaurant twice to find its flaws, because the first time I went to the one in Union Station, I was enthusiastic about its novelty and didn’t notice the overdone flavors.
I had the Chicken Yakisoba ($4.50) on my previous visit, and it was fine. My friend had the above sushi roll, and although I didn’t try any, I thought it looked pretty cool.
Although the quality of the food at Yo Sushi! isn’t that great, I think it’s a dining experience that everyone should have at least once. Be careful not to get overly zealous with all the food zooming past you. You can always put a dish back if you haven’t taken the lid off, so don’t go crazy or your bill will add up.
Yo Sushi! serves a selection of interesting Asian sodas, sake and desserts.
They also have a great 25% student discount Tuesday through Friday with your student ID.