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484212_587805107913567_205461830_nThere’s just no stopping SUMOSAM from dominating the Japanese Restaurant business here in the Philippines this year.  It was barely a month ago when SumoSam launched its 24th Branch in Baguio City and now after putting up another Makati branch in Olympia, SumoSam is at it again with its newest baby right at the heart of U-Belt in Manila.  SUMOSAM SM CITY MANILA is their 26th branch to date.

SumoSam is located at the 4th level of the SM City Manila.  Conveniently situated just a few steps away from the cinema area.  Sm City Manila is also just a district away from Paco, so when SumoSam invited me along with other foodies for a lunch date last Wednesday with its owner, celebrity-chef and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 awardee, MARVIN AGUSTIN.   I of course immediately said yes – well, who wouldn’t?  Check out the simple but inviting interiors and exteriors of SumoSam SM City Manila:249386_587805001246911_340695320_n

Marvin Agustin
Marvin Agustin

Marvin Agustin is one of the owners of SumoSam.  Together with fellow young entrepreneurs Raymund Magdaluyo and Ricky Laudico they started the SumoSam ball rolling way back in 2005 with their branch in Shangrila Plaza Mall.  26 branch after, they’re still making headlines in the food industry and getting more stronger.

We started our lunch with a glass of SumoSam’s bottomless Iced Tea (108 pesos), there are two variants – red and green, I chose Red.  After delivering our drinks the courteous food servers of SumoSam Sm City Manila then brought out a few of the restaurant’s specialty dishes for our delicious lunch feast.  Check out these awesome SumoSam dishes:

SumoSam's Pride Salad (399pesos)
SumoSam’s Pride Salad (399pesos)
Spicy Tuna Salad (268pesos)
Spicy Tuna Salad (268pesos)
Ebi Tempura (398pesos)
Ebi Tempura (398pesos)
Japanese Fried Rice (278pesos)
Japanese Fried Rice (278pesos)
Chicken Teriyaki (268pesos)
Chicken Teriyaki (268pesos)
Beef Teppan (378pesos)
Beef Teppan (378pesos)
Bacon Dory (279pesos)
Bacon Dory (279pesos)
Salmon Sashimi (229pesos)
Salmon Sashimi (229pesos)
Las Vegas Roll (248pesos)
Las Vegas Roll (248pesos)
California Roll (218pesos)
California Roll (218pesos)
Dynamite Roll (278pesos)
Dynamite Roll (278pesos)

Now that’s what I call a real Sumo meal!  For dessert, we tried SumoSam’s popsicles.  These frozen ice cream comes in 5 delicious flavors – Choco Banana, Black Sesame, Green Tea, Pistachio and Red Bean.

734510_587806121246799_1432576412_nHere are my top three picks for the whole meal: Spicy Tuna Salad, Chicken Teriyaki and Ebi Tempura.  I think the average Pinoy would see these three (3) dishes as real value for money.  Now if you want to splurge a little for some authentic Japanese dish – I highly recommend SumoSam’s Sashimi and Sushi.

with Marvin Agustin (photo courtesy of Azrael)
with Marvin Agustin (photo courtesy of Azrael)

I was just wondering why only now did SumoSam management considered putting up a branch here in Manila?  Well, anyway I am glad that we already have one.  My wife and kids love Japanese food!

I still can’t get over my gastronomical experience with SumoSam SM City Manila last Wednesday so earlier today after shopping with my wife at Glorietta, I suggested that we have our dinner at SumoSam Greenbelt 3 since we are already near the area.  We ordered a plate of their Seafood Yakiudon and Sizzling US Beef  and a take-out of their 9-inch Shrimp Enoki Pizza (368pesos).  Next target – SumoSam Olympia!

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