Yoobi Temakeria Soho

Yoobi prides itself for being the first Temaki bar in London,  a new concept which is inspired my a recent Japanese Brazilian trend.

Yoobi Temakeria in Soho is the first venture for newbue food entrepreneurs Nick (Swiss) and Carolina (Brazilian) . As Carolina is also an architect, she designed the quirky interiors which is dominated by a 3 sided sushi bar in the middle of the room.

Yoobi Temakeria Soho

On offer are 3 sizes of hand rolls with prices from £3.20, £3.60 and £4 and some sides like miso soups and seasonal vegetables. The flavour combinations might sound familiar like spicy tuna handroll (an old favourite) has been jazzed up to include their own hot sauce recipe with a surprising addition of crispy croutons in the middle. All the rolls are available as maki rolls or a low card version with no rice too.

On chatting with Nick, we learnt that there was a lot of testing behind some the combinations of favours on offer, mainly from their own food and travel experiences. Also great to know that they take their ingredients very seriously. For example, the sun blush tomatoes tomatoes is home made and with just olive oil as they couldn’t find a local producer. In a similar vein, they sourced a specialist French baker to make the bread from which they make their croutons.

We really enjoyed the temaki we tried, citrus salmon, spicy tuna roll and the Sweet Salmon with Asian pears as another unconventional combination.We didn’t much like the vegetarian sub blush version which has Philadelphia as one of the main ingredients, too fusion.

Yoobi Temakeria Soho Spicy Tuna Rolls

There has been a lot of thought put into the food and drink on offer at Yoobi and from what we had, it was fresh and delicious. This is a keeper. The prices are very reasonable for quality sushi in this area. A great place for a quick meal or a takeaway.

 

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Sushi in the City at Feng Sushi

The South Bank is usually a hive of activity on evenings and weekends when special events are happening. For such a busy place, there aren’t many great places to eat as most the places around there are all of the chain variety.

However, some chains are better than others. One of these that offer a consistent quality of food is Feng Sushi at the Royal Festival Hall.

The decor is generically modern and very spacious with a choice of low tables or high stools. I love the large cherry blossom graphic on one wall, giving the only hint that this was a Japanese Restaurant.

The menu is quite extensive for a chain restaurant with a nice selection of cold and hot dishes. It is nice to see that all the fish served here are from sutainable sources. This led to them taking Unagi off the menu as they could not find a sustainable source for this in the UK.

feng sushi

The Sushi selection was quite extensive and well made but I like my sushi rice with more seasoning, which I understand is a regional Japanese thing. It was nice to see brown rice sushi as an alternative on the menu too.

feng sushi

Soft Shell Crab Roll feng sushi

Soft Shell Crab Roll

feng sushi

Seaweed Salad

feng sushi

Rock Shrimp Tempura

The rock shrimp tempura did not have the typical tempura batter, it was a bit thicker and crispier but tasty nonetheless.

We had to try one of the seasonal dishes that were on offer and we chose the Handpicked Devon Crab Donburi which is a bowl of rice topped with crab. There was no discernible flavour in the rice, save for the few slices of pickles and no dressing of any sort, rendering this dish quite bland.

Crab Donburi feng sushi

Crab Donburi

One of the few vegetable dishes besides the vegetarian sushi and a few tofu dishes was the Vegetarian Tempura. Perfectly light batter and crisp fresh vegetables was a real winner.

Vegetarian Tempura feng sushi

To finish we shared a dish of Black Sesame, Green Tea and Sweet Chestnut Ice Cream.

Black Sesame, Green Tea and Sweet Chestnut Ice Cream.

Black Sesame, Green Tea and Sweet Chestnut Ice Cream.

The service at Feng Sushi was friendly, attentive and competent, they kept my green tea cup regularly refilled. This is one of the better meals to be had around the Royal Festival Hall and I like the way that the menu is designed so that you can have just a quick bite or a more substantial meal.

If you work nearby, you can also order Sushi to takeaway via their website www.fengsushi.co.uk

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SlowFoodKitchen was invited to review Feng Sushi.

Review of lunch at Tsurusushi Broadgate

On a busy Thursday, was rushing for a meeting in the City, dropped in for lunch at the new Tsurusushi. It was a bit of time to find it as it was not obvious where it was and actually found it at the back of the 301 Bishopgate building. The place even has tables outside under the spider like legs of the Broadgate Tower, would be a perfect place for lunch al fresco in this area.

Met Emma (@Tsurusushi) who was very generously offering discount vouchers to promote the new branch. Around the Broadgate area, there never used to be so many places to eat. When I used to work here for a Japanese bank, the closest we would get to a nice Japanese meal was a bento box delivered by an obscure Japanese catering company and this used to costs us about £8 a box which was a lot, quite a few years ago.

Since I didn;t have time, I was quite glad that it was set up like a fast food, pay at counter or help yourself kind of setup. I ordered a Katsu curry and a small box of sushi. No sooner had I found a seat, the food appeared, that is quick service. The katsu was nicely crisp and the katsu curry sauce was not too sweet like some places make it and the portion was very generous. At about £6 for the katsu curry and about £4 for a small box of sushi, the prices were very good for the quality and quantity that we were served. At the next table were 4 Japanese salary men happily tucking into their Katsu curry ( which seems to be their favourite lunch meal as this is what I see them ordering most often at other Japanese lunch places too) which gives that stamp of authenticity to this dish.

Katsu curry
 Hijiki seaweed salad and some red cabbage sesame salad

Emma also brought over a plate of Hijiki seaweed salad and some red cabbage sesame salad which was so simple yet so tasty.

Tsuru sushi broadgate

These are the small boxes of sushi. The sushi was quite good for a London sushi takeaway, fish was fresh but the rice could have been flavoured a bit more for my taste. The califonia roll was actually quite yummy and I will definitely be back for more of that.

 

Yummy Mochi Ice Cream- green tea and sesame

Mochi Ice Cream

Just before we had to run we very quickly sampled the Mochi Ice Cream which was both unusual and quite delicious.

If you work around Liverpool Street and in search for a good Japanese meal, you should try out Tsurusushi.

3, 201 Bishopgate
London EC2M 3AB

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm

Rating : 7/10
Value: 8/10

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