Yo Sushi! is so good you won’t mind doing the dishes.
There’s a new restaurant at the Mall at Short Hills, just I time for holiday shopping: Yo! Sushi. The layout is reminiscent of a 50s diner, dominated by a countertop that wraps around two peninsulas into the restaurant and around much of its edges. But what it served is decidedly not diner fare – at least not the American kind. As you sit at Yo Sushi, located at the mall’s east end near Bloomingdales, plates of sushi and other Japanese foods travel past on a continuous conveyor belt or “Kaiten.” Chefs will plate, say, a California roll, and place it on the belt and it travels around the room until a diner grabs it.
Plates are color coded and tallied at the register when the meal is done. The system is novel and inserts a lot of fun into the meal. Servers can be summoned with a column-shaped blue sparkling light, turned on at the press of a button. They can bring drinks or hot items like soup or fried rice. They can also bring anything you don’t see on the belt. Prices range from $3.50 for a small dish of edamame to $7 for tuna tartar. Dessert is even on the menu -- and the kaiten -- in the form of fresh fruit or Mochi Ice cream, among other selections. There is a to-go section where entrees, soups, those Japanese sodas with the marble in the bottle and even Pocky Sticks (stick-like cookies dipped in chocolate or other flavors, which until now I have only seen at Asian markets) are available to take away.
Yo Sushi’s first location opened in London in 1997. How have we been surviving without conveyor belt sushi for 18 years?! The chain is now open in just a few US locations – it’s pretty much a few New Jersey malls and Orlando right not, but they have big plans of course.
So in the end, diners cue up at the register with their plates and pay for what they’ve eaten. A little housekeeping is a small price to pay for a fun, yummy meal.
Beth is the mother of four children who are either about to become adolescents or are there in full swing. Not unlike the tooth fairy or Santa, she is the one who magically straightens everything up and has the household humming along when everyone else returns home from school or work. Only she doesn’t get a charming back-story. Or magical powers. Check out what she’s doing over at Ill-Prepared Housewife.
Photos in this post are courtesy of Beth's husband, Scott Ferranti.