YOU’RE spoilt for choice when it comes to pre-theatre dining in the Toon.
But as visits across the Tyne are a chance to chow down on my favourite food, sushi, the lure of Yo Sushi often wins.
It’s the sushi train that does it for me: tempting meat and fishy morsels whisked before your eyes for your eating pleasure.
I visited with Echo chum Marissa ahead of a night at the ballet at the Theatre Royal.
We had no problem getting a pew on this occasion although the place can get chock-a-block on weekends so be prepared to wait.
It’s not the cheapest restaurant in which to eat either, so also be prepared to bring your paper money.
For those not acquainted with this huge restaurant chain, the idea is you select your dishes from the conveyor belt which meanders its way around the tables and chairs.
Each dish is on a coloured plate which indicates its price, ranging from £1.80 for a pale green dish to £5 for a grey dish.
If none of the conveyor belt goodies take your fancy, you can also order from the menu which features more substantial rice and noodle dishes.
As such, it is possible to avoid raw fish which isn’t everyone’s catch of the day.
I jumped straight in with sashimi, which is the seared or raw fish dishes. Perfectly proportioned slices of Scottish salmon and yellowfin tuna went down a treat. At only 125 calories, it’s a low fat treat too.
Indeed, if you’re looking for a healthy meal out, sushi is one of your safest bets.
I also enjoyed the crunchy prawn iso (rice on the outside of the seaweed) a tasty bite-sized portion of prawn katsu, avocado, wasabi masago (fish roe) and mayonnaise.
The animal-lovers out there needn’t miss out either.
There’s a good selection of vegetarian options including one of my favourites, the kaiso salad. It includes sesame-marinated kaiso (Japanese seaweed) salad with edamame and carrot.
Our bill wasn’t cheap at around £57 with drinks, but once you have one sushi dish, you can’t stop.