YO! Sushi is coming to Chelmsford

Yo Sushi in ChelmsfordYO! Sushi opening on Chelmsford High Street.

The YO! Sushi restaurant is scheduled for opening at the end of December. There’s over 80 authentic Japanese dishes on the menu, with hot, cold and special meals there is something for everyone!

“Chelmsford is a vibrant city
which suits the energy of our brand”

There will be beer on tap in Chelmsford this December as the UK’s favourite Japanese restaurant group, YO! Sushi, brings a taste of Tokyo night-life to the city with a stunning 72-set kaiten conveyor belt restaurant and the UK’s first YO! Sushi Bar.

Embrace the ‘YOLO’ (you only live once) spirit and dine the fast, fresh, fun way in the Chelmsford High Street restaurant. With over 80 authentic Japanese dishes on the menu and your very own call button to order the freshest hot food and specials which will made before your
very eyes, a trip to YO! Sushi is guaranteed to bring the night to life. Or simply meet friends for a cheeky cocktail or two and the best Japanese beer and sake to help the good times flow.

Whether it’s Takoyaki, Tuna Tataki & Ponzu, Japanese Seabass Ceviche or Blossom Rolls, there is a whole new world of Tokyo street food for you to discover. And, perfect for the festive season, YO! Sushi will also be serving giant sumo bowls of curries and noodle soups to help
bring some Japanese Joy to those who maybe be suffering with a sore head the day after the night before – forget the fry up, hangover soups are so this season!

Robin Rowland, CEO at YO! Sushi said: “Chelmsford is a vibrant city which suits the energy of our brand. This is why we are opening here and why we chose Chelmsford for our first YO! Sushi bar. I am looking forward to raising a sake and toasting this wonderful new city when we open our doors at the end of Decemeber – Kampai!”

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Zenxi – Chinese Restaurant

Zenxi chelmsfordZenxi on Baddow Road is not only one of Chelmsford’s finest Chinese restaurants, but also one of the best restaurants in town.

  • 68 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0DL
  • Tel: 01245 358468

The restaurant is very large, spanning two floors. The entrance opens into a lounge area next to the bar and beyond and upstairs is seating dining. The dining area is spacious with plenty of space between tables. The kitchen is to the rear (you can see the chef’s from Parkway).

What makes Zenxi special is the service, which was professional, attentive, polite and informative. All questions about the food were answered well and the waiters were always close by.

The food was fantastic too. Portions were well presented, tasty and hot. The prawn crackers were huge (a little too many really) and the desserts were delicious; where else in Chelmsford can you eat deep fried ice cream and mango?

Zenxi chelmsford food

Prawn crackers and a traditional Chinese platter to share with spring rolls, satay chicken, Peking style ribs, sesame prawn toast and plenty of crispy seaweed

The sesame prawn toast was the best I have ever tasted, made with whole prawns too. The ribs were very tender and the satay chicken succulent. The mains were good too – although not as spicy as I was expecting. The Chinese green tea was also delicious and one pot was refilled all evening.

Zenxi is a great restaurant with excellent food and service. Well worth a visit!

Review by Jon Wade, editor of Your Chelmsford.

Taco Bell Coming to Chelmsford

Chelmsford Taco Bell
Chelmsford will soon have a Taco Bell restaurant. Opening in mid-April 2015, Taco Bell is on Moulsham Street (High Street side of Parkway, just along from Cafe Rouge.

What Can We Expect?

Taco Bell serves tacos and burritos. nachos and other Mexican and Texan (TexMex) themed dishes.

Taco Bell invite you to Live Mas (Live More!).

Taco Bell Jobs

Taco Bell are recruiting at the moment so if you are looking for restaurant work in Chelmsford, call 0208 301 5728 or email

Taco Bell is a part of Yum! Brands Inc, a New York company.

The store that is now Taco Bell was for many years Chelmsford’s Futon Company shop; The Futon Company have moved further up Moulsham Street, close to the Coop and The Farm Shop.


Chop Bloc

Chop Bloc in ChelmsfordA new steak & burger restaurant with a quality bar experience

  • 8-9 Grays Brewery Yard, Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6QR

Chop Bloc, in Grays Brewery Yard, is a US style steakhouse that serves high-quality meat which has been butchered and dry-aged on the premises.

The restaurant has outdoor seating in the courtyard

Chop Bloc is owned by Chelmsford brothers Steve and Dave Patten, who are also meat wholesalers.

Chop Bloc was previously Field & Trek.Chop Bloc


Zorba The Greek

Zorba the GreekZorba The Greek is Chelmsford’s only authentic Greek restaurant. Experience the taste of Greece in the heart of Chelmsford. They also have a takeaway service.

  • 31-32 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1TS
  • Tel: 01245 357232
  • OPENING TIMES: Thurs – Sun: 6pm-11pm (closed Mon – Wed)

Zorba serves classic Greek dishes including Moussaka, marinated charcoal-cooked Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Kalamari (Fried Squid) and Horiatiki (Greek Salad) with Feta Cheese and Greek Olives. They also serve Greek beers.

Zorba hosts themed nights throughout the year with Live Bouzouki music, DJs, Christmas and New Year parties and it also caters for group bookings of up to 40 people.

Zorba opened in early 2013 and this little place has great reviews and is making its mark in Chelmsford.

Selected reviews:

“A proper looking taverna, you could feel like you are really in a part of Greece.” – “Monopoly”

“Food delicious especialy the Souvlaki and the Kleftico which was cooked to perfection.” – Dave jhs

“…the calamari was the best I’ve ever had.” – Ben C

Back-Inn Time

Back Inn TimeBack-Inn Time was Chelmsford’s first American theme restaurant. It is small but serves big portions of great American food, with burgers, steaks, ribs and barbecue chicken being the most popular dishes.

  • Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1NY.
  • Tel: 01245 269983

Opening Times

  • 6.00 Til Late Monday-Friday
  • 5.30 Til Late Saturday
  • All Day Sunday

The atmosphere is always relaxed and family-orientated. If you go for a birthday party let them know and all the staff will “sing” happy birthday.

The bar serves excellent cocktails and their milk shakes are big and thick, always a favourite with the kids.

They also serve the ultimate dessert, the SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS, a  super sundae consisting of fudge brownies, fudge sauce, topped with vanilla ice cream, fresh whipped cream,walnuts and a double choc cookie. Yum!

See their full menu here:

Jamie’s Italian Chelmsford

Jamie OliverJamie Oliver’s a restaurant in Chelmsford is bringing something “really special” to the city.

The Naked Chef is one of the nation’s favourite celebrity chef, and also an Essex boy. He has more recently been helping to promote healthy eating in schools. both in the UK and overseas.

A partnership between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie’s Italian has won thousands of fans for its delicious and affordable food since launching their first restaurant in Oxford in May 2008. The Jamie’s Italian menu is based on dishes you’d find people eating all over Italy, made with care but delivered
without fuss.

The family-friendly restaurants are all about serving up rustic, Italian food made using the best possible ingredients, plus fresh
pasta that’s made on-site every day, and an award-winning children’s menu, too.

An Essex boy born and bred, the restaurant in Chelmsford’s town centre is Jamie Oliver’s first restaurant in his home county. Jamie’s Italian is all about serving up fantastic and affordable food and drink, in a buzzing, stylish environment. With a wood?fired oven for incredible pizza as well as generous plates of antipasti, freshly made pasta and mouth?watering grills, there’s something for everyone. Located right on the high street, it’s the perfect place for anything from a casual dinner with friends or a working lunch to an intimate meal or a big celebration.

Jamie’s Italian Chelmsford is also home to a stunning standalone bar, perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to have a quick chat over a quality cocktail, or want to settle in for the night with a bottle of wine and some tasty nibbles. Jamie’s Italian Cheltenham


Yasmin Indian Restaurant

YasminJust up Baddow Road, Yasmin is a relatively new Indian restaurant. Excellent food and service with plenty of parking behind too. More or less opposite the Beehive pub, so a great location for an out-of-town beer and curry.

Fun facts

  • Yasmin was previously the Carpenter’s Arms public house.
  • It was the first pub in town to trial a no smoking policy years before the ban on smoking in public places.

Siam Cottage

Siam Cottage is a Thai restaurant on Moulsham Street. Excellent food and service from a traditional Thai restaurant that serves excellent Thai curries.

Siam Cottage is one of the most authentically decorated Asian restaurants in Chelmsford; you get a real feel for the Orient when dining. The Service is nothing but exceptional too.

Caution: the Tom Yum soup is spicy hot and might make you cry.

Gulshan Indian Restaurant

The Gulshan Indian restaurant on New Street is the best curry house near Chelmsford’s railway station.

Service is always good and the food great. Certainly the best option if you are out in the Duke Street area or planning to catch a train home afterwards.