Sumo Sam: Japanese Restaurant in Cebu

Recently, I had lunch at Sumo Sam at the first level of The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu near TGI Fridays. Sumo Sam is a Japanese restaurant and those who knew me well knows that I am a sucker for Japanese food.

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The Wet Towel

It is customary to provide you with a wet towel in a Japanese restaurant. This is usually a hot towel when the weather is cold and a cold towel when the weather is hot. It was a hot day that time but they provided me a hot towel to my surprise. The wet towel is to clean the hands and fingers and can also be used on the face but usually only around the mouth.

What I Ordered

I ordered the Perfect Match steak and salmon combo for three reasons: (1) it was a good deal in terms of cost, (2) it will allow me to taste several dishes with one order, and (3) I just love both salmon and steak.

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Steak and Salmon Combo

The main dish of the combo is either chicken or steak. I chose the steak as the main dish. It is a U.S. beef that is around 180-200 grams. I had my steak well done. After choosing the main dish, one then chooses between salmon, ebi tempura, ebi teppan, or fish fingers as the pair to the main dish. I took salmon, because I just love salmon!

Both chicken and steak combo comes with Japanese fried rice, three (3) pieces of California Roll, miso soup, and house salad.

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A Few Things To Learn

As you open the Sumo Sam menu, you will notice that written on the first few pages is the legend that apparently was how Sumo Sam started. The dishes in the menu are of Miyuki's creations, the dishes she served champion wrestler and legendary champion Sumo Sam before he fought the evil lord to free Miyuki's village from the terror of his reign.

The categories of dishes in the Sumo Sam menu are named after terms in sumo wrestling or traditional Japanese culinary culture. For those who are uninitiated to the Japanese culture, this could be a cool learning experience as well.

Yori-Kiri Starters

Appetizers at Sumo Sam are named after Yori-Kiri, one of the most famous moves in sumo wrestling. Yori-Kiri is done when the wrestler uses his upper body and grabs on the belt of his opponent and push out his opponent out of the ring.

Sumo Donburi

Donburi means "bowl" in Japanese. Rice bowls are popular in Japan. It is topped with different kinds of viands.

Rice N' Sun

Nippon, Japan's official name, translates to 'land of the rising sun' in English. Japan's national flag has a red circle on a white field representing the sun. At SumoSam, Rice N' Sun dishes are fried rice dishes with a flavorful mix of ingredients.

Rikishi Grill

Rikishi means "strong man" in Japanese. It usually refers to sumo wrestlers in training. The rikishi grill plates are abundant enough to satisfy the rikishi in all of us.

Mount Fuji Noodles

Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain in Japan. It is Japan's highest peak and is shaped like an almost perfect cone. SumoSam's noodles feature mounds of delicious noodles.

Yusho Noodles

Yusho is the sumo wrestler's tournament. Yusho noodles are soup based noodles at SumoSam.

Tonkotsu Ramen

The ultimate ramen proclaims the SumoSam menu. It is cooked slowly for forty eight (48) hours.

Grilled Seafood Dishes

To showcase the abundance of seafood in Japan, grilled dishes are made available at Sumo Sam. Japan has around 2,000 seaports and seafood is a staple for its people. I'm sure the Cebuanos would love seafood as well.

Yokozuna Picks

Yokozuna means wide (yoko) rope (zuna) wrapped around the waist of the wrestler who holds the highest rank in sumo wrestling. These are SumoSam's specialty dishes.

SumoSam Mawashi

Mawashi is the signature thick belt wrapped around a rikishi for sumo. Different colors indicate the level of the sumo wrestler. The SumoSam Mawashi features unique Japanese rolls.

Location and Contact Information

SumoSam is located at the first level of The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. Below is the contact information for SumoSam:

Facebook Page: Sumo Sam Philippines
Telephone Number: (+6332) 401 0643

Other Branches

SumoSam's other branches are spread out in the Philippines:
  1. Shangri-la Mall Plaza (Mandaluyong City)
  2. The Podium (Mandaluyong City)
  3. SM Southmall (Las Piñas City)
  4. Rockwell Drive (Makati City)
  5. Marquee Mall (Angeles City, Pampanga)
  6. Gateway Mall Araneta Center (Quezon City)
  7. Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center (Makati City)
  8. SM Megamall (Mandaluyong City)
  9. SM North Edsa (Quezon City)
  10. Robinson's Magnolia (Quezon City)
  11. Fairview Terraces (Quezon City)
  12. Butterfly Garden Newport City (Pasay City)
  13. Lucky Chinatown, Binondo (Manila)
  14. SM Mall of Asia (Pasay City)
  15. Harbor Point Ayala Mall (Subic)
  16. BPO2 Ayala Technohub (Baguio City)
  17. The District Ayala Mall Imus (Imus, Cavite)
  18. Nuvali (Santa Rosa, Laguna)
  19. Pavilion Mall (Biñan, Laguna)
  20. The District North Point (Bacolod City)
  21. Centrio Mall (Cagayan de Oro City)
  22. Abreeza Mall (Davao City)
  23. SM Ecoland (Davao City)
  24. SM City General Santos


Richie B said...

I'm a Japanese fan and I'm so happy to know that Sumo Sam is here.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Same here, I love Japanese food!

Hoven Andre Encontro said...

can't wait to try out sumo sam!

Vernon Joseph Go said...

What Im afraid about Sumo Sam is their serving. The last time I was there, I underestimated it and had a hard time finishing my meal but other than that, the food is great!