“Sumo Sumo” is a great place for sushi, sashimi and Japanese cuisine in general.
Located on the northern end of Sherwood Park, just off Broadmoor on Lakeland Drive, this popular dining place offer very good eats at a fairly reasonable price. By reasonable, I mean proportionate to the quality and quantity of the food served. Our foodie group of three made no attempt at trying everything on the menu. A task like that would take a dozen visits to accomplish as the menu selection from this establishment is quite extensive.
Here are some of the Highlights and notes of our evening as noted by our small foodie group of three:
Japanese–style raw oysters - Ponzu sauce, green onion. Yes a winner!
They were as fresh as any other eatery in Edmonton… ponzu sauce was a bit sweeter that other recipes we have ever had, but that didn’t stop us. When ordering oysters in the pseudo-parries, like we are in Edmonton, there is always some trepidation as to how fresh they are going to be, so we only ordered a ½ dozen… Wow, I could have easily cancelled all my other choices for dinner and just ate more of these oysters.
But then this review would stop here.
If you like Tobiko Nigirizushi (battleship style) with quail egg on top, you need order the quail egg special as it not listed on the menu… but they do have it.
The sashimi selection was extensive enough for most diners to get just about everything they could want. We knew that we had to pace ourselves, so we ordered a couple of small assorted sashimi platters. (They do have massive ones for when you and some friends want to go ‘all in’ sashimi! Up to 50 piece platters.) The Tako (Octopus) was perfectly par boiled… one of the best cuts I have had in a long time. The snapper was firm and fresh. Heck, all the sashimi was firm and fresh. I kind of wished my Tuna was a bit fattier, Maguro served with the platter, but that’s just me. (Note: Ahi and Toro are also available)
At this point in our meal, our very polite and engaged server came over and noted that we weren’t ordering like her usual diners and suggested that we give their live Uni (sea urchin) a go as it was just flown in the day before. I really can’t give anyone a proper review on this multi-national delicacy as I have limited experience, but it wasn’t bad… I would, however, suggest that if you order this item you do so knowing that the consistency and flavour is unique, so be prepared.
The sushi rolls are quite large (in diameter) so stretch your lips before you come here. Oh, just so you know, real crab meat used… yeah! The Sumo-Sumo roll, (Salmon, Crab, Tuna, Cucumber and other delights) is another winner…
If you like your sushi with a bit of a spicy kick, the volcano roll is for you…
For desert, yes we actually tried the house dessert; Deep-fried ice cream roll… I know, sounds weird! And that’s why we tried it. Not bad, but I would have rather had more oysters.
The only negative, I wish that the dipping dishes were bigger due to the size of the makizushis… yes, I made a bit of a mess!
Synopsis: a resounding “two chopsticks up”, go eat there!
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