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Sumo - New sushi on Mott St

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Sumo - New sushi on Mott St

2 slices | Mar 4, 2003 10:15 PM

New place on Mott between Houton and Prince. I've been going to this place at least once a week since they opened back in December. Prior to this I was pretty much only going to Tomoe or Blue Ribbon and with Tomoe being so hard to get into Blue Ribbon was doing a number on my wallet. Let me tell you this place is great. Jason the head sushi chef and co-owner does an excellent job and his friendly disposition alone would have brought me back. They've been so welcoming since day one and often provide samples of new menu items. The fish is excellent, I especially like the white tuna and salmon. Other dishes I very highly reccomend are the Age Dashi Tofo appetizer as well as the Octopus salad (not on menu).

Age dashi is flash fried tofu in a soy(?) based sauce with dried ginger, even those who don't like tofu will love this. It's a personal favorite of the staff who've been excited to see me eating it and told me so.

The octopus salad which was just given to me last week as a sample and I've since ordered twice is made up of cold octopus pices on a bed of seaweed covered in a light wasabi mayo sauce. Delicious!

I can also say that the nebeyaki (udon soup) is excellent as well as the green tea ice cream.

Most importantly the sashimi is truly great, how's that for an expletive. Ok it's really really f-ing great. If you enjoy creative (albeit bastardized american) rolls with top ingredients you will love Sumo. And there are always some more unusual fish in stock such as white tuna, live scallop, oysters, toro, baby hamachi etc. Their prices are quite reasonable, a very generous ala carte meal for 2 is about $65 (without drinks - no liscense as yet).

I must say I've been holding back on this place for a while cause I wanted to keep it for myself, but I've become so fond of the food and staff that I want them to do well, just don't take my seat. It's also worth mentioning that the decor is quite nice and comfy with a very pretty sushi bar. Everyone go and be sure to meet Jason he'll make it worth your while when you return.

Happy eating.

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