Sumo Sam Japanese Restaurant: For The Big Appetite in Cebu

I'd like to believe that Cebuanos fell in love with Japanese cuisine. One only has to look at how many Japanese restaurants there are in Cebu. More than just the traditional ramen noodles, teriyaki dishes, tempura, sushi, and sashimi, other Japanese dishes have become common in Cebu.

Some restaurants have taken this Cebuano love for Japanese food to a higher level. Restaurants that serve Japanese dishes in fusion with other cuisine are quite common. One of these places is Sumo Sam at Ayala Center Cebu.

Sumo Sam Japanese Restaurant

By all means, Sumo Sam is a Japanese restaurant. It retains many traditional Japanese dishes and restaurant customs such as a hot towel before a meal. But it also integrates some Western influences on their menu. 

Sumo Sam Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City
Sumo Sam Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City

In this post, I look back to that one time I dined here. I remember it to be quite an expensive meal. I did have salmon and steak so that kind of bloated my expense. For my meal, I had a salmon and steak combo. Part of the promotion back then, the meal included a bowl of Japanese fried rice a couple of Japanese rolls, and a bowl of salad greens.

They served the miso soup, salad greens, and Japanese rolls first. The miso soup serving is bigger than what I usually get at other restaurants. Salad greens were fresh and the lettuce had a good crunch. All were good, nothing extraordinary though.

Japanese rolls miso soup and salad greens at Sumo Sam Japanese Restaurant
Japanese rolls, miso soup, and salad greens
I find the Japanese fried rice to be a little wanting in ingredients. While it had generous spices in it, there was too little meat in it. I probably got too used to having lots of colorful things in my fried rice. That's why I like Chinese fried rice so much.

Japanese fried rice at Sumo Sam Japanese Restaurant
Japanese fried rice

Now on to the main entrees. Salmon was pan seared but I guess it got well done a little too well. I love to enjoy my salmon grilled or baked so I can savor that soft and succulent fish meat. Sumo Sam's version is overcooked compared to how I prefer it. I sure hope this would be one of the better places to order salmon in Cebu, but it is not. My top place for a salmon dish is still at Maple.

They also did not get my steak right. I always order my steak well done and made sure to tell them when I placed my order. Instead, they served my order medium rare. I haven't really sampled a good lot of steaks in Cebu, but I can tell you that one good place to get them is at Acacia Steakhouse.

steak and salmon combo meal at Sumo Sam Japanese Restaurant
Steak and salmon combo meal

Location and Contact Information

Business Address: Ground Floor, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Telephone Number: +63 32 401 0643
Twitter: @SumoSamCebu

My Sumo Sam dining experience is not my best Japanese meal in Cebu. It is also not the worst. Kind of an average experience. The one positive that I see here though is the meal size. The serving portions can definitely feed a sumo appetite. I hardly finished my meal and I have a fairly big appetite myself.

How about you? Have you dined at Sumo Sam? How was your experience? Did you find something good in their menu that we missed? Tell us in the comments below.


Anonymous said...

The food looks sad. :(