YO! Sushi
First Floor
78 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2ER

+44 (0)131 412 062
Website

Overall score: ★★★★☆

Yo Sushi is a UK food chain serving up tasty sushi and Japanese style food. It’s not a unique Edinburgh establishment but I still think it’s worth a mention because 1) there are plenty of vegan options available and 2) it’s pretty darn tasty. Plus, the Princes Street branch is particularly special as it has an absolutely cracking view of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town (see my snaps below)!

Vegan food available at Yo Sushi

When I asked for the vegan menu at Yo Sushi, I was handed a very comprehensive ring-binder that detailed all the allergens in all of their dishes, opened at the dedicated section for vegans. Dog-eared and drink-stained, it had certainly been around the block a few times but I didn’t mind as it listed everything off very clearly. It would be even more wonderful if this information was on the main menu, but I am sure that will come with time.

Anyway, at the time of writing the vegan options are (deep breath):

  • Tofu Katsu Curry
  • Kabocha Katsu
  • Yasai (vegetable) Gyoza
  • Yasai Tempura
  • Miso Soup
  • Miso Dumpling Ramen with Rice
  • Plain Rice
  • Yasai Chanan Rice
  • Plain Noodles
  • Yasai Yakisoba
  • Kappa (cucumber) Maki
  • Inari Sushi
  • Kaiso Sushi
  • Edamame
  • Kaiso Seaweed
  • Harusame Aubergine
  • Fruit
  • Apple Gyoza
The view from

Would you like a side of Castle with your sushi?!

 

Vegan menu at Yo Sushi

My “well-loved” vegan and allergen info companion

 

Tofu kasu curry at Yo Sushi

Tofu Katsu Curry – a super tasty and comforting dish

 

Kappa maki at Yo Sushi Edinburgh

Kappa Maki – which is labelled ‘Cucumber Maki’ on the main menu

 

Edamame Beans at Yo Sushi Edinburgh

Edamame Beans – not the best in town but a crowd-pleaser nonetheless

 

Kaiso Seaweed at Yo Sushi

Kaiso Seaweed – a good side dish and there always seems to be some of it floating on the conveyer belt

 

Harusame aubergine at Yo Sushi

Harusame Aubergine – a deliciously dark horse

 

Apple gyoza at Yo Sushi

Apple Gyoza – a tasty vegan dessert that’s not sorbet, hooray!

Were my eyes bigger than my belly? Probably. Did I over-order? Most definitely. Do I regret anything? Not even a little.

I used to have a lukewarm opinion of Yo Sushi, but since I turned vegan I absolutely love it, as they have a pretty decent range of dishes to fill my face with. I always order the tofu katsu curry, which is a main meal in its own right and, speaking as a previous fan of its chicken counterpart, is just as tasty without the meat.

I also always get a side of edamame beans, as you probably know I have a bit of an obsession with them at the moment. Although there are more adventurous and tastier bowls of edamame beans to be found elsewhere, I still find the ones at Yo Sushi really tasty.

Special mention must also go to the harasume aubergine. It looks fairly unassuming on the carousel, but I gave it a try and was really pleasantly surprised with it. The sweet marinade made it very moreish, however the thin slivers of aubergine meant it went down in two seconds flat!

I also love the apple gyoza – a vegan dish that isn’t sorbet or fruit salad (hooray!) these wee bites of heaven also come with a super sweet caramel sauce for dipping – yuuuuuuum. The perfect end to a tasty meal.

As Yo Sushi is all over the UK, you know that tasty Japanese style vegan food is never too far away. Happy days.

YO! Sushi can also be found at Edinburgh Airport and Harvey Nichols on St Andrew Square. 

Choice: ★★★☆☆
Menu info: ★★★★☆
Deliciousness: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★☆☆