Spotlight: Yo!


16 May 17

Boxpark Croydon has been blessed with an exclusive menu from the brains behind YO! Sushi and it seems their fresh take on familiar Japanese dishes is really cooking up a storm. Naturally, we wanted to find out what inspired this new, pop-up version of YO!, so we sat down with their Operations Manager, Victoria Mathers, to find out more...

Tell us who you are and what you do.

YO! started back in 1997 when Simon Woodroffe decided to bring Japanese conveyor belt dining to London. Twenty years later, we’ve got belts across the globe but, for our exclusive Boxpark venture, we decided to strip back the belt and think more like an Izakaya – that’s Japanese ‘pub’ sharing food; rather than Tokyo-inspired kaiten restaurants.  Boxpark Croydon is  the perfect opportunity for our chefs to introduce playful takes on Japanese street food, all washed down with ‘One Cup’ sakes and Japanese beer.

Which song best sums up your brand?

Could it be anything other than 'Salmon Dance' by The Chemical Brothers?!

What can customers expect from you at Boxpark Croydon?

We have a different offering for Boxpark Croydon which is closer to our Izaykaya roots. Our Exec Chef has pushed food innovation ever further with this menu and we love seeing what Croydon makes of it! We’ve also got some great One Cup sakes and we are going to be introducing Croydon to Japanese pub culture through our food and drink offering. Our playlist is pretty spot on too with a contemporary urban sound, including local Croydon and Peckham artists. It’s both a great unit to hang out in or take out from.

What is your favourite item from your menu?

Ramen-in-a-roll. Chef Mike has taken pork ramen and turned it into a sushi roll. It’s inspired and just tastes sooooo good!

Which other Boxpark Croydon trader would you recommend to customers?

It’s a hard choice with so many traders offering up some wicked food and coffee but, if push came to shove, It’s got to be Mud. Their brunch is awesome!

What is your favourite thing about Croydon?

We absolutely love The Spread Eagle for theatre, comedy and cabaret.  It’s off the wall and lots of fun, as well as being a great pub too!

What would your last meal on Earth be and why?

Katsu Sando and Furikake Fries, with an ice cold can of Asahi beer…if it’s my last meal on earth, I’m hoping I can take it onto the next life too.