Thank to an invite from Carlos Eats, I was afforded an opportunity to attend during Ramen Mania at Yo! Sushi and taste the new features on the menu in exchange for sharing my experience with you. As always my opinions are my own and I always keep it real.
If you are a fan of sushi I am sure you have witnessed the conveyor belt restaurants by now. I remember seeing one for the first time when I lived in Japan. I thought it was the coolest thing, and it made for a fun experience for us all. When Yo! Sushi opened here in Tampa this year, it was all the rave for the very same reason. The ability to have your pick of any sushi you desire right off of the rotating menu is a great outing for friends and family.
Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to Ramen Mania at Yo! Sushi which was a tasting event hosted by Carlos of Carlos Eats. Yo! Sushi in Tampa introduced a few new items to the menu which we had the pleasure of tasting, along with many other current menu items.
The restaurant is located in the center of International Plaza in Tampa on the lower level directly inside on the side of the mall closest to Bay Street and the Food Court. You absolutely cannot miss it with its bright lights and vibrant decor.
First up on the menu were a few sushi rolls to get us started. Of the many we sampled, the Ginza Roll which was my favorite. I am a bit of wimp with spice so I ordered mine sans Sriracha.
Next we sampled a variety of the ramen featured on the menu. Ramen has become intensely popular in Tampa with ramen shops opening up everywhere. Because of the ramen craze many restaurants serving Asian cuisine have included ramen as a feature. Yo! Sushi in Tampa has several flavors of ramen available but I sampled the Shrimp Tempura Ramen. Priced at $5.00 this is a great deal compared to most other restaurants. This is definitely an affordable way to take part in the Ramen Mania for my frugal foodies.
Along with the ramen, poke bowls are another new feature on the menu at Yo! Sushi. The three poke bowls available are tofu, tuna and chicken. I sampled the chicken poke bowl which is reasonably priced at $4.50.
Unfortunately for me I am not that great with maneuvering the chopsticks so I had to get a little help in order to actually enjoy my bowl. If sushi doesn’t really fill you this is a great addition to the meal which will help fill your tummy while keeping your pockets in check.
One of my favorite culinary discoveries was curry when I was in Japan so I had to try the Chicken Katsu Curry at Yo! Sushi. This was another filling option which is worth a try. A full portion of chicken atop white rice will definitely fill your tummy for just $5.
As if that was not already enough, I had to try the shrimp gyoza. I love pan fried dumplings and these are cooked to order and served hot.
To conclude the meal we all enjoyed a variety of flavored Mochi ice creams. Mochi is a glutinous rice used in Japanese cooking; in this dessert the mochi is filled with flavored ice cream. This sweet confection was a perfect ending to the meal. The mango was my favorite; I even had seconds. I do not know how I missed out on these while in Japan but my first sampling at Yo! Sushi has made me a Mochi Ice Cream convert.
Most of the items are not labeled with anything but a price sticker so choosing sushi items can be a bit of a mystery. unless you are a sushi pro. Don’t be discouraged however because there is always staff available to assist. If you are uncertain, do not hesitate to call someone for help; each booth is equipped with a help button for expedience and ease.
Selecting food items can get a bit pricey if you are not careful. You definitely have to be mindful of the bill you are amassing as you pull items off of the conveyor to enjoy. At the end of your meal your total is tallied after they count the colored plates stacked on the table.
Luckily our meal was provided courtesy of Yo! Sushi because look at how much we collectively ate during our Ramen Mania tasting.
For my Frugal Foodies there are a few specials that will help you keep a few pennies in your pocket while making sure you still fill your tummy.
Yo! Sushi has Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday between 3:30PM and 6:30PM. Customers can enjoy $1 off all plates, $2 sake shots, $3 domestic beers, and $4 house wines during this special and is only valid here in Tampa and in Sarasota.
In addition, YO! Sushi just launched a new promotion called Blue Mondays. On Blue Mondays at participating YO! Sushi locations, you can find 40 dishes on special for $3.50 per plate. 31 of these dishes on special are completely new. You can check out the current Blue Mondays special here. This is a perfect way to try Yo! Sushi for the first time and sample the menu for just a fraction of the normal price.
I am so thankful Carlos and Yo! Sushi invited me to experience the restaurant for the first time. I am sure I will be back again soon with friends.
Be sure to sign up for the Love Club and get 1/3 off your first meal.
What is your favorite Japanese dish or Sushi Roll?