Part of my job entails checking all the broadsheets when I enter the office, but it wasn’t until I visited The Terraces that I noticed a new façade between Banana Leaf and TGI Fridays. Sumo Sam just opened in Cebu!
Sumo Sam is known for its modern and fusion inspired take on Japanese cuisine. It doesn’t hurt that a popular teen actor in the 90’s, Marvin Agustin, is also one of the owners of the brand.
The ambiance is modern and contemporary with black and red colors dominating its interiors. I specifically love the tables and the dining couch in the outdoor area. I personally think the place is too small (maybe because the restaurant was packed when we visited), but that helps make it less intimidating.
They have so many choices in their menu that it can be quite overwhelming, everything looks so enticingly good. If you suffer from the burden of too many choices, Sumo Sam offers barkada/family packages featuring their signature and must-try dishes.
We ordered their Salmon Roll, Salmon Sashimi, Mushroom Yakisoba, Japanese Carbonara, Steamed Gyoza and Katusdon. My favorite is the Sashimi (guaranteed fresh), Japanese Carbonara and Katsudon. The Yakisoba was so-so and although my companions loved the Gyoza, I didn’t enjoy it as much. The Japanese Carbonara had an Ebi Tempura topping – it was heavenly.
Sumo Sam also offers other dishes like salads, burgers, hotdog sandwiches and steaks infused with a Japanese vibe. They also serve cocktails for after dinner chill time. Considering that the place was full when I dined in, the service was fast! It took less than 15 minutes for our food to be served plus they plate their food beautifully. My only concern was their plates were quite heavy to pass around.
To be honest, I think the price is quite expensive for the Cebuano budget but considering their generous servings and non-mediocre taste, I’d say Cebuanos would definitely say Aishiteru to Sumo Sam.