Yukisan, Plymouth

Recently, we visited Plymouth for the day. We started off with lunch at Yukisan, Devon’s first and oldest Japanese restaurant. Inside the surroundings are quite nice, with Chinese art on display. For a Monday lunchtime, it was quiet. They have a vast menu, but we opted for the lunch set menu – 3 courses for £13.95. The lunch set menu doesn’t have a large range, and not much details on what is included. I opted for the miso salmon, meat bento box and green tea ice cream. My partner chose the prawn tempura and the seafood bento box.

Our starters arrived. The prawn tempura was a mix of prawn and sweet potato. The batter was quite light and it came with dipping sauces. The salmon was delicious. The sauce was full of different flavours – simply delicious.

What followed was our bento boxes. The meat one came with chicken katsu, chicken stir-fried with ginger and spring onions, edamame and cucumber sushi rolls. I would have liked more variety in terms of meat – beef or pork? Sauce was given for the chicken, but just a small amount, so the chicken felt a little dry.

The seafood came with the same salmon as the starter and the prawn tempura, which we also had for the starters! The menu doesn’t give details of what is included in these bento boxes, but when we ordered, the waitress could have mentioned that the prawn tempura would also be featured in the bento box, so we could have ordered something different.

I had green tea ice cream to finish off. It was ok, but not the best quality ice cream.

People have given Yukisan rave reviews about the food and service. I felt a little disappointed – perhaps it was the dishes that we chose? If we were to return, I would select from the main menu instead. The service was good, if a little slow to start off with.

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Enjoying the sunshine in Croyde!

The sunshine made a spectacular appearance during our visit in Croyde, one of the most beautiful beaches in Devon. There is soft yellow sands, glittering blue sea, warm sunshine and ice cream! About fifteen minutes from the seaside are some small shops and places to eat. We went to the Blue Groove, which looks quite stylish inside. The lunch menu is a little limited in terms of hot food – we opted for the salmon fishcakes and beef burger. The food was nice, but a little expensive for what you get. There were also a lot of wasps around, which made eating quite uncomfortable. Another problem was ordering. There is only one person taking orders at the bar which can make the queues, and the wait, long.

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There are also lush greenery and farms in Croyde.

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We had a Cheeky Moo ice cream from a shop on the beach. At £2.75, it is a little dear, but I wonder if that is because it was at the beachfront. The ice cream itself was quite creamy and nice, but prone to melting so quickly in the hot weather. I had to race to finish it in time!

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Finally, here are some shots of Croyde Bay at its best…

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