Yo? No! – Yoshi Sushi, Hammersmith


It’s January which means that summer is still a good five months away. Boo for the old tan and venturing out in t-shirts and shorts, but hurrah for continuing with comfort foods and warming meals! Not that it makes much of a difference anyway, as I’d happily nom them all down, regardless of the weather.

Yoshi Sushi has long been a favoured haunt of mine for sushi and Japanese food, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that Momma Lee & I actually tried some of their other fare. Y’see, they also do some Korean food, and, more importantly, they do an awesome Shabu-Shabu.

Shabu-Shabu, also known as “steamboat” consists of a giant pot of broth filled with noodles, vegetables (usually Chinese cabbage) and various delicious bits and bobs, and a side platter of raw meat, usually thinly-sliced beef, which you then cook in the hot broth and eat with a variety of dipping sauces. I like soy and sesame sauce, which, luckily for me, is exactly what Yoshi Sushi provided me with.

Shabu-Shabu is the ultimate indulgence for cold weather. I honestly can think of nothing better when the temperature drops than a gorgeous steamy bowl of broth and thinly-sliced, slightly pink, beautifully marbled beef, served alongside chewy noodles and beautifully flavoured stock-infused vegetables. It’s also a great party/family dish, as you can plonk it in the middle of the table with a variety of sauces and get everybody to cook their own. Just make sure there’s plenty of beef, because that’s the first to go! Momma Lee does a mean Shabu-Shabu and I have incredibly fond memories of eating it in the conservatory of our old house, the steam from the hot broth in the electric wok fogging up the windows like a car’s on date night.

Equally, it’s hard to find somewhere in London that does a good Shabu-Shabu, but Yoshi Sushi’s is pretty damn good. Not as good as Momma Lee’s, but I am biased. My only complaint? Not enough beef. But I had this all to myself when I think people normally share, so it’s not that much of a complaint because I was so stuffed afterwards. But in an awesome way.

Momma Lee had their bibimbap which, she informs me, was delicious. I’m not much of a bibimbap kinda gal, but it definitely looked awesome. Lookit those colours!

So, if you have nobody to cuddle up to at night never fear, because there’s a steamy affair with some Shabu-Shabu here and available for you. And if it’s a little too much for you to handle the rest of their Japanese fare is completely awesome, so worth a visit regardless!

Yoshi Sushi
210 King Street
London W6 0RA

0208 748 5058

Mon-Sat: 12-3pm, 6-11pm
Sun: 6-10:30pm

I’ll be travelling tomorrow evening, which means I’m seeing most of you very soon! GREAT EXCITE! To keep you going until you hear from me next (which will likely be in Hong Kong), I did a guest post for the fabulous and lovely Milla at Not Just Another Milla all about, er, me, and with a tasty wee recipe, which you can read here, so go on, pop by and send her some love! Until next time, peace and love!

Jax x

10 Responses to “Yo? No! – Yoshi Sushi, Hammersmith”

  1. Ethan Says:

    We’re going for shabu-shabu if/when I make it to London!
    Have an incredible time and can’t wait to see the tweets and pics along the way! Bon voyage!

  2. Mariko Says:

    Can we still be friends?

    I love shabu shabu. Sigh.
    Eat well in Portland for me. Don’t forget to check out June. Put Honolulu on your next around the world adventure.

  3. Ashley Says:

    Yay Jax…so glad your adventure is beginning!!! Love you much and hope i see you soon!!!!!!!!

  4. Liren Says:

    You’re so right, shabu shabu is perfect on a winter night! Wishing you a safe trip and hope to see you very soon! xo!

  5. Reeni Says:

    I never had either of these dishes – but would love to “cuddle” up with some! Safe travels my sweets!

  6. Baking Barrister Says:

    I have no clue what the title of this post means. But I love bibimbop and shabu shabu. I feel like I should kidnap you from SD in Feb and take you to Koreatown in LA to eat a bunch of bibimbop and bbq. Just sayin…

  7. Jean Says:

    I misunderstood when you said you were checking in (Twitter). I thought you were already at the airport. Oops! Still, I wish you safe travels and I hope I get to see you when you’re in my neck of the woods.

    This shabu shabu would hit the spot here in the bay area as it’s been cold!!!

  8. Brian @ A Thought For Food Says:

    Maybe we should got to Chinatown when you come and go to one of the many shabu-shabu places there… we can do that after we have cocktails and calamari at Drink. :-)

  9. Monet Says:

    I have never had shabu-shabu before, but it does sound like the perfect meal for these winter months. When you come to visit in Austin, it should be nice and warm (I hope!) I can’t wait to take you around. Thank you for sharing, my dear. I hope you have a good Monday. Let the week begin!

  10. Christine Says:

    I love shabu-shabu! But we always have it at home, never in a restaurant. So.. yeah..

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