Temaki. Part of the sushi family, it’s Japanese for ‘hand roll’, and looks a bit like an ice-cream cone. And, just as you’d go to a gelateria for ice cream, you can now go to London’s first dedicated temakeria for hand rolls. Order at the counter, and the sushi is brought to you.
The temakeria concept is borrowed from sunny Brazil (outside of Japan, Brazil has the largest Japanese population in the world). And Brazilian sushi rocks.
However, our hand rolls were a partial success. The first came filled with a Brazilian take on tuna tartare (layering tuna with guacamole, lime and jalapeño) but lacked punch; by contrast, the second was a terrific citrus salmon, spiked with chopped chives and tiny croutons. By the time we got to the third, a veggie option of avocado and asparagus, the nori (seaweed) had become soggy, which rather spoiled the maki.
Nonetheless, Yoobi is new, it’s different, it has cool geometric decor and sweet-natured staff – and its offerings certainly beat a prawn sandwich.
38 Lexington St
|Opening hours:||Open 9am-9pm Mon-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30.|
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Ordered via deliveroo. 33,40 pounds for a tuna sashimi, two makis, edamame, spicy brocoli and a cold pressed juice.
The juice did not arrive. I called the restaurant, the guy insisted they put the juice in the bag. Called deliveroo, they could only offer me a credit in my account. Fair enough.
I open the boxes. Honestly I needed a magnifying lens to find the fish in the maki rolls. What a disgrace. The pictures in deliveroo show big fat juicy makis. I received teeny tiny makis with barely any fish inside. The taste was appalling. Spicy broccoli was a joke, there was nothing spicy about it and the taste was horrific. Had to throw away. Tuna sashimi was disgusting and tiny. Even the edamame was terrible, without a hint of sea salt. Everything was old and tasteless. You should be ashamed of yourselves sending this disgusting food to people and get away with so much money.
I'm usually suspicious of new sushi places but I stumbled into this one while in search of a table without a wait in Soho. I'm shocked that there were free tables as it was absolutely delicious and so refreshing to find a sushi restaurant with some interesting combinations. We had 20 hour cured salmon with asian pear, citrus salmon with croutons and a special of a delicious miso seared tuna. The sushi was delicious, the staff were helpful and attentive and the whole experience made me want to return.
Stumbled across this place when looking for a new sushi place...it was mainly the rain that lead us in, but have been back multiple times and have recommended it to countless people. It is a real treat; the food is incredibly fresh and the ideas simple but perfect for allowing the quality to do the talking. Staff have always been friendly and now just waiting for a dinner party so I can order in!
We got the food for takeaway, so I cant really comment on the service. But In fact I really like the food.
I thought it was awkwardly priced for lunch. 2 Temaki @ £6+ not enough to fill you up. 3 Temaki @£9+ too expensive. The service was poor on my visit too, despite being empty.
Great restaurant with a new twist on Sushi. The Temaki rolls are made up of original flavors and I have to say the Sushi tastes very fresh. Great new addition to the selection of restaurants we already have in Soho.
I am a huge sushi fan, having lived in Japan for 3.5 years, and I must say that I was surprised to find some of the best sushi I have eaten in London. The price and atmosphere are great and it rivals and may even beat the likes of Yashin, Zuma, and Dinings. Will definitely be going back.