Friday, July 05, 2013

SumoSam Comes To Town

I love Japanese food and so, I was looking forward with great anticipation to the grand opening of the first ever SumoSam restaurant in Negros Occidental.  This is their 28th store in the country and is located at the The District North Point in Talisay City.  "This is clearly another milestone for us", Marvin Agustin, actor turned entrepreneur and chef said, referring to the fast pace of the chain's growth in recent years.  SumoSam was started 8 years ago by Marvin together with two friends, Raymund Magdaluyo and Ricky Laudico.   According to him there is always something new in their menu every 6 months and that they have roving Chefs from their head office to ensure the consistency and quality of their food in all their stores. All their kitchen have stations manned by “specialists”, such as as the sushi, teppan and the ramen stations.  It was also mentioned that they would source locally whatever fresh produce they need, as long as it is available in the province.  

The grand opening was very well attended and the buffet table had a delightful spread of...what else but,  Japanese food!   My personal favorites were Chicken Teriyaki, Spicy Tuna Salad, the delicious Dynamite roll (with salmon but did not have the fishy taste), Crunchy Tuna Roll, and their yummy California Maki.


entrance and facade
cozy interiors
Marvin Agustin talking with Negros Bloggers
Yummy california maki
spicy Dynamite roll
I am really crummy when it comes to taking pictures of food....but hey, at least I try!  The servings are bigger than what we usually get from other Japanese restaurants and yes, it is as delicious as it looks.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I brought my son and my nephew to have lunch there a week later.  Don't ask me what we ate...suffice to say, it was A LOT!

Here are my other favorites among their bestsellers, photos courtesy of SumoSam.



I still have to bring my Mom and I'm sure she would love it.  We're both tofu lovers, so this Tofu dish is a must-try.

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Both the Las Vegas Roll and SumoSam's Pride Salad look very inviting, so these two are definitely on my list next time I come around.  

this maki looks like it's to die for ;)


With it's great food, relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and good value for money, SumoSam is indeed a welcome addition to Metro Bacolod's restaurant scene. As what the brand's values says "SumoSam is a winner!"  

The restaurant opens daily and is located near the Corte area, ground level of The District Ayala North Point, Talisay City.  

 


28 comments:

  1. I always love their California Maki. It's really nice to know that they have a new branch in Negros Occidental.

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  2. Sumo Sam has a branch in Lucky Chinatown Mall and we are very near it. Despite that, we have not considered dining here because prices of their dishes are too expensive when compared to other Japanese restaurants offering the same.

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    1. they are a bit more expensive than the fastfood type of Japanese restos but they have big servings and their ramen is really delicious and can be shared by 4-5 people as I found out today :) we ate lunch there this noon with my mom.

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  3. Their SumoSam pride salad is the winner! All of the ingredients blended in harmony and so is the taste.

    But you've got to try their ramen. It might be really big but it's so scrumptious! :D

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    1. I did Jonas! I brought my mom there today with 2 other adults and we shared one bowl...super nice!

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  4. It's nice to see Marvin so hands on with the Sumo Sam business. I like their food offerings.

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  5. lucky for you Sumosan is comes to your town!

    the first time we tried it and my hubby was impressed with this restaurant

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  6. never heard of that franchise but the food looks nice... i wonder if they have a branch here in baguio but I guess I need to find that out..

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    1. They have a branch at your Ayala Technohub there :)

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  7. A Japanese resto is here in our place. I am very glad to hear that for I live in Negros Occidental and this resto is in Talisay City. Talisay City is really improving...

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  8. Aside for Sumosam what is the best Japanese restaurant in Bacolod?

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    1. There are two fine dining Japanese Restaurants: Inaka and Kaisei...they are more expensive and servings are not as big. Their food is good too especially Inaka. The other Japanese restaurant in Bacolod is Rai Rai Ken. I think SumoSam is better.

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  9. I actually find Sumosam a bit hefty on the wallet. But their food is definitely worth spending on. :)

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    1. yep, especially if your companions are big big eaters like my son and my nephew na walang ibabayad! (me=empty pockets)

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  10. When I walk around the mall I always noticed that some Japanese Restaurant only have few costumer unlike other fast food chains that are always full. But I think sulit talaga pag kumain dito coz all the foods look delicious and fresh :)

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  11. OMG. Honestly, I was asking my boyfriend now that we should find the nearest branch here in our area. That yummy california maki <3 I have that feeling I will like their food so much. ahh. This makes me hungry :D

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  12. I love Sumo San's pride salad. It's absolutely the best! Healthy pa :)

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  13. I haven't tried SumoSam yet. I am glad Marvin Augustin is a very hands on entrepreneur and ensures the quality of their menu.

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  14. Nagutom ako sa California Maki sobra! hmmm makapunta nga sa Sumosam mamaya! =)

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  15. Had our dinner there last year. Food was good though over-priced.

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  16. I do love Japanese food :) And you got to meet Marvin Agustin? wow :) This restaurant would be popular here in our place, I think :) I like their logo. Interesting.

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  17. I really love sumosam.. and their pride salad is just so perfect!!

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  18. Sumosan is invading the Philippine Islands,. Not bad. O am not into Japanese foods but my friends told me, yummy raw ang foods sa Resto na ito,

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  19. Marvin Agustin is fast becoming the capitalist..
    he worked hard for it.
    Sumo Sam really has come to town.
    it speaks highly of Negros Occidental.
    You should realise that when people brings in their businesses and investments, it means that they see the potential for growth. :)

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  20. SumoSam has always been one of my favorite go-to restaurants whenever my friends and I cant decide where to eat. ;)

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  21. The photos are tempting! I haven't tried Sumo Sam yet but will consider it when I see one around Manila :-)

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  22. Wow! SumoSam has been expanding rapidly for the past few years. Glad there's a branch na rin in Talisay :)

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