Checking out the brand new YO! Sushi restaurant in Worcester

I walked into the brand new YO! restaurant in Worcester with two children who were so excited they were out of control. I made a pathetic attempt at conversing with the restaurant manager before being distracted by the girls jumping onto the benches. Before I knew it, the manager had legged it, leaving me with the two Tasmanian devils grabbing at the conveyor belt.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

About YO!

YO! Is a Japanese street food and sushi restaurant that has been feeding hungry diners across the country for the past 20 years. And at last, it has opened a branch in Worcester. YO! is the ultimate in fast food. Perch on a stool by the conveyor belt. If my kids are in there, sit on the other side of the room.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

If you’re in a rush, you can just grab a plate and start eating. Order hot food from the menu or just stick with the cold dishes on the conveyor belt. Drinks from Japanese beer to Sake, tea to juice can be ordered from the staff. Or alternatively, just ask them for a glass and help yourself from the water taps at your table.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

The kitchen is in the middle of the room, so you can watch the food being prepared. If you order Miso soup, it’s refillable as many times as you like. Each plate is edged in a different colour, with the colours indicating the cost of the dish.

Experiencing YO! With young children

I don’t mind admitting that I’m a huge fan of YO! I pretty much take any opportunity to eat there. But one thing I haven’t done is to eat there with the girls. And I was worried. Libby had tried sushi at school and didn’t like the seaweed. Lia is a good eater, but if she doesn’t like something there is no persuading her to eat it.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

Luckily, the menu is so varied that the girls both loved it. In fact, the idea of being able to just grab what they wanted from the conveyor belt was somewhat overwhelming. Libby started off with sushi rolls, followed up with a plate of edamame beans and another couple of plates of sushi.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

Lia ordered a chicken yakisoba from the hot menu. This is a noodle dish that comes with chilli peppers, but the staff kindly explained that it had chilli peppers and offered to serve it without them. This was perfect for Lia, who managed some sushi rolls as well as her quite large plate of yakisoba.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

My husband and I tried a variety of things from the conveyor belt and both ordered a couple of hot dishes too. I love the vegetable gyoza and ordered this along with a tofu katsu curry and a miso soup. I also tried the sushi and a delicious kaiso seaweed salad. We were both incredibly impressed, although we agreed that we could easily spend an absolute fortune in there because we didn’t want to stop eating despite being full.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

YO! Pudding!

When I told Libby that she could have more than one pudding, it was pretty much the best day of her life. Both girls had several puddings. Okay I’ll be honest – we all did. Libby ate two ginza strawberry cheesecakes, a fruit salad, custard dorayaki and a strawberry cheesecake mochi. Lia was a little more restrained but she did get through a fruit salad, cheesecake mochi and two custard dorayakis.

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

YO! Sushi Japanese sushi and street food restaurant Worcester - review

Free blue or green plate for every customer until 12th August

To celebrate opening in Worcester, YO! is offering a free blue or green plate to customers of the new restaurant until 12th August. This is in honour of the city’s flag colours. Terms and conditions apply:

Offer available in YO! Worcester site only. Available all day from Saturday 29th to Saturday 12th AugustMonday – Saturday: 11.30am to 10.30pm and Sunday 11.30am – 10:00pm.Maximum – one blue plate OR green plate per person. Subject to availability.

Please note, we were invited to dine at YO! Sushi free of charge to allow me to produce this honest review. All views, opinions and sushi loving Tasmanian devils are my own.


  1. August 5, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I love YO! Sushi! I’d never been until it opened in Cheltenham about three or four years ago. We tend to order our food rather than get it off the conveyor belt and I really like the tofu katsu curry! The pumpkin katsu is delicious too. My kids aren’t fans of all the food, but they do like the puddings! Your kids are amazing. I love that they have such big appetites and will each such a variety of food!
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    • monsterid August 6, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      I love it too, could spend a fortune in there though, I’ve always got room for one more plate!

  2. August 6, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    We’ve never been to a YO, but I like the idea of just pulling up a stool. The girls would love to see the food going past. More than one dessert would make my girls explode with excitement! X

    • monsterid August 6, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Oh honestly, you should go with the girls over the summer. You’d all love it.

  3. August 7, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    The closest we’ve got is buying packs of sushi from railway stations to eat on the train, which the kids and I love, but because it’s not Matt’s thing we’ve never eaten at a proper sushi place. I’m desperate to try it out, as I suspect the difference is enormous and the kids love savoury stuff at home like seaweed and miso. yo looks great 🙂
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    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Ahh you’ll have to take the boys one day when Matt’s not there, it’s fabulous!

  4. August 9, 2017 / 8:42 am

    I loooooove sushi, but I’ve never been to Yo Sushi! I am pretty sure they have one in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, but wasn’t sure about taking the kids in. I have made sushi at home a few times and eldest loves it, littlest not so sure. MUst find out where our closest one is. Also I had no idea that Worcester had it’s own flag! 🙂 x

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Oh gosh, you really need to go, you’d love it!

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