Fast food gets such a bad rap these days – eating on the run is blamed for expanding our waistlines and being the unhealthy option.
But not all fast food has to be bad for you. Take Yo! Sushi which has just opened in the Promenade in Cheltenham.
The Japanese-inspired restaurant prides itself on being a quick lunchtime or pre-cinema pit stop, and it couldn’t be more different from your typical fast food enterprise.
It’s ultra modern, with a tube of bubbles at the end of your table which light up when you need to attract the staff’s attention.
The menu includes Miso soup, salads and an amazing array of sushi and specials. There is also unlimited still and fizzy water which you pour from a funky tap at your table for a £1.
Sushi, or raw fish, is traditionally low in fat and let’s not forget the Japanese have one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world.
If you’re not convinced it’s as healthy as it looks, the Yo! Sushi website breaks down the calorie content of everything it sells so you know exactly what you’re eating.
The joke in our house after visiting the Bristol branch a few years back was that it was a great place to go to lose weight as you were hungry not long afterwards (a man said this of course).
But then the key is to choose wisely. Edamame beans at 121 cals are never going to fill you up, but make a delicious and super healthy side to something more substantial.
Statistics aside, the novelty of enjoying something so completely different to the run of the mill cheese sandwich has seen queues coming out of the door since it opened in Cheltenham a few weeks ago.
After a brief wait, we were seated at a booth near the window. There are plenty of stools to perch on too if you’re dining alone or in a rush.
Alongside our table, a steady stream of little bowls filled with intriguing contents travelled past us.
It’s a bit tricky to identify some things, there are no labels, and let’s face it, a lot of sushi looks the same. But that all adds to the excitement, unless you’re a vegetarian that is.
Thankfully there is waiter service as well so you can order something specific, but the idea is you pick up what you fancy and the waiter counts up the number of bowls on your table at the end.
We visited on a Monday which meant all bowls were blue and a bargain £2.50 each. On other days, they range from £1.90 to £5.
Our favourites included succulent avocado maki rolls, soft pumpkin korroke, crispy vegetable tempura and vegetable firecracker rice for the veggie.
While the fish fans loved the hairy whole prawns, crunchy prawn and avocado rolls, spicy chicken firecracker rice and trio of duck gyoza parcels.
Desserts are equally as exotic with bowls of fresh fruit and dorayaki – triangles of trifle sponge served with fruit sauce – on offer.
With so many dishes to choose from, not to mention Bento boxes to take out, it’s our favourite new lunchtime haunt.