Yo Sushi at Harvey Nichols
Years ago, I lived in Japan for a spell. Osaka to precise. The summers there was so hot and humid. London has been almost as hot recently. One of the great things about Japanese cuisine is it can be quite satifying on a hot day. I ate a lot of zaru soba when I was there; it is a dish made from chilled buckwheat noodles. I find sushi to be a refreshing dish in the summer because you don’t start to overheat from the inside out after eating.
Yesterday, my friend suggest we check out Harvey Nichols for lunch. We went to the Yo Sushi on the fifth floor. I have been to Yo Sushi in other locations a few times; to be honest, it can be hit and miss. My taste buds know what Japanese food tastes like after living there for a year; the cuisine can be very subtle; quality of ingredients and freshness are paramount. I am pleased to say that the food was pretty good at Yo Sushi this time. One thing to watch out for is if the cooks are Japanese; it does makes a difference. There have been a few restaurants popping up in London lately that do Japanese and Chinese food; I eye them with suspicion. It is true that some dishes like yakisoba are actually Chinese in origin but I digress. The only minor niggle I had was that the takoyaki was a bit bland; they are bite size fried dumplings and a key ingredient is chopped octopus. The prawn tempura was good and the pumpkin korokke had an interesting sweet flavour. I also had some gyoza and sashimi.
The other thing about the restaurant was all the natural lighitng coming in through the roof and windows; it made for a pleasant dining experience.