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Ben Arnold

New Yo! near Bolton launches a new ‘gyoza barm’ and it’s giving them away free

Dumplings in a barm cake? In a meeting of cuisines for the ages, Yo! (formerly known as Yo! Sushi) is all set to launch a new East meets West fusion dish.

The ‘gyoza barm’ will hit menus at the new Middlebrook branch of the Japanese restaurant chain today. It features three fried chicken gyoza dumplings, katsu curry sauce, spring onions and pickled ginger, all stuffed in a white barm.

A veggie version of the barm will feature the chain’s vegetarian dumplings, which are made with spinach, cabbage, carrots and edamame. They’re even giving them away for free - with the first 30 orders of the gyoza barms each day this week (from July 18 to July 22) knocked off your bill.


The idea is a riff on the pasty barm, which is native to Bolton and was first devised in the 1950s. That delicacy comprises a buttered barm cake with a pasty - usually meat and potato - slotted inside.

Adam Townsley, head of food and development at YO! said: “We’re hugely excited to create a true Bolton & Japan fusion in the form of the ‘Gyoza Barm’ and would love to see any intrigued locals to come down and give it a try, embrace the two culinary traditions and get a taste of a Japanese twist on your classic barm.

Chef Gemma Chan holding a new delicacy; the ‘Gyoza Barm’ which launched at new YO! Middlebrook restaurant (Doug Jackson/PinPep)

“This is such an exciting time for YO! and we’re so pleased to be launching a new restaurant in Middlebrook, what better way to celebrate than by launching an exclusive menu item which encapsulates both Japan and Bolton.”

The new branch is to be found at the Middlebrook retail park, and is home to the third largest conveyor belt in the UK. It’s open from today.

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