Hands up if you love Japanese food! I am a massive sushi lover and yes I don’t like fish or anything that comes from the sea. But that doesn’t stop me and my love for sushi.
Yakinori is a Japanese restaurant that sits up on the top of Park Street in Bristol. If you watched the show Skins then most of the backgrounds are of Park Street or College Green so it’s around that area. I have frequently walked past Yakinori and drooled as I window shop. You can order to go, pick it up on deliveroo or have a sit down meal in the two story restaurant.
After spending the two weeks prior to our visit thinking about all the sushi I might order, I ended up ordering two completely different things. No sushi. No regrets.
For starters, my friend had the shichimi chilli calamari (£5.75) which was crispy fried squid made with light tempura and shichimi chilli, with chilli sauce.
Due to my lack of fish-loving-lifestyle I can’t comment on the chilli calamari but my friend practically inhaled his so it must have been good. I find the portion sizes for starters are just the perfect amount, or if anything a little large for myself. I did pass over a few chicken wings to my friend.
My worry with starters is that there will be too much food which then leaves you too full to even comprehend tackling your main.
I had the tebasaki chicken wings (£4.95) which were chilli seasoned crispy chicken wings dressed in and served with a sweet chilli sauce too. It was just enough chilli that you feel a great kick but not too much so that it leaves that stingy feeling on your tongue that can sometimes ruin your main.
For mains my friend ordered the teriyaki (£14.99) which I believe was the duck, I was too invested in eating my main to look too hard! The teriyaki was spicy, served on a bed of stir-fried greens and sticky Japanese rice with roasted black and white sesame seeds.
I then ordered the beef chilli (£10.95) which was stir-fry noodles and marinated strips of sirloin beef in a ginger, garlic and red chilli sauce with courgette, peppers, onion, broccoli and bean sprouts, with added chilli. Let me tell you, it was hot.
I’m that annoying person that orders really hot food every time even though I can’t always handle the spice. The beef chilli was really good though and the Japanese Asahi beer helped me overcome the spice.
I chose rice noodles as they are my favourite type of noodles, but I could have ordered the soba or udon noodles instead.
We finished the meal with a couple of beers which complented the meal entirely.
The menu is very complex but that I think that’s a great thing. As there are so many options to pick from it means there’s a dish for most. I’m always a believer in looking at the menu before I arrive to a restaurant so I know exactly what I’m going to pick (and offer help to my fellow companion). A few times I’ve gone to a restaurant and I get too flustered to actually order the meal I wanted. So I always prepare and read up on the menu!
The menu is divided into starters and sides, teppanyaki, bento box, ramen, chilli noodles, grill teriyaki, donburi, katsu curry, kokonatsu curry, salads, sushi, sushi platters, desserts and of course drinks. So the range of food includes sushi, noodles, rice and more.
Not only is there a Yakinori in Bristol, there are also two in Birmingham, in Selly Oak and Grand Central (aka near the Birmingham Bull Ring). The food is delicious and there are quite a few offers around online, including Groupon if you want to try Yakinori on a budget!
I loved Yakinori and I will definitely be back soon for sushi! The manager was absolutely lovely and so were the staff, which makes a change from a lot of the restaurants in Bristol.
*I was offered a complimentary meal in exchange for an honest review.