Yo! Sushi is opening its first ever street food restaurant this week at Boxpark Croydon.
The Japanese chain’s new style of eatery will be open to customers at the trendy food and drink mall next to East Croydon station on Thursday (April 27). The unit, which has a year’s lease, won’t feature the conveyor belt and coloured plates we are all familiar with at normal Yo! Sushi restaurants. Instead, the traditional Japanese street food on offer will be tailored for a pop-up setting where customers can take away and or eat at one of the long tables in the centre of Boxpark.
Yo! Sushi executive chef Mike Lewis, who travels to Japan every six months to pick up on new food trends and bring them back to the UK, said: “Yo! Boxpark is the perfect place for us to explore our Izakaya [Japanese pub] inspiration, allowing us to innovate and introduce playful sharing style dishes. It’s all the type of food and drink that can be enjoyed and shared in the communal eating area, just like the back streets of Japan.”
The Boxpark street food and sushi menu includes the pork ramen roll, Ramen-In-A-Roll, which is made with seared pork belly, tonkotsu mayo, burnt garlic oil and crisp ramen noodles. There is Chicken Katsu Sando, which is sandwiched crispy fried chicken thighs in panko crumb, traditionally served on Japanese bullet trains. For dessert you might like to try the Hirata Donut, a soft serve ice cream with crisp dougnut pieces, kinako soy bean powder, pistachio and miso caramel. There are even Japanese beers and One Cup Sake on the menu. Other dishes to be featured at the brand new pop-up will range from Pork Belly Teriyaki to Salmon & Orange Ponzu Tataki. All the fish sold will be responsibly sourced, the menus are made from recycled paper, the packaging is recyclable and the menu has been designed for zero food waste.
Yo! Sushi general manager Dan Gracias said: “We can’t wait to open our brand new concept Yo! Sushi at Boxpark Croydon and bring our exciting offering to the South London foodie destination. Boxpark is a hugely exciting opportunity to showcase innovative and exciting new food trends and bring a big taste of the streets of Japan to Croydon.”
The branch will open at 11.30am.