Birthday Dinner (Part Two): Sumo Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill
It’s been a crazy busy week for me, down a man at work, flu shot season, and solidly booked for dinners and lunches! Last Saturday I celebrated my 24th birthday with my closest of friends. Every year we go to my favorite sushi place. It started off with Kyoto on Jasper Avenue when we were all university students and could LRT to that location. After a few years, it seemed like Kyoto declined in quality and my dinners have moved to Yokozuna South and then Ichiban. Although Ichiban is still one of my favorite places to eat sushi, this year I decided to go with the newest trend, Sumo Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill in Sherwood Park. Having been there twice already with successful dinners, it was time I gathered all my friends to conquer the entire menu.
Warning: You are about to be exposed to a multitude of photos!
First up, oysters! I’m slowly getting use to the slimy texture and enjoying it quite a bit if mixed in with a delicious mignonette. The raw oysters here are paired with a ponzu sauce. Comes on a dish of 6 — we ordered 24. Delicious!
Our orders of salmon sashimi came out on a beautiful plate and some pieces were even presented as a rose on a block of ice. If Sumo Sumo has anything on other sushi places, it’s definitely presentation. Large sashimi plates come out on blocks of ice, displayed so beautifully you don’t even want to touch it! We also ordered the shrimp and vegetable tempura.
Two of my favorite rolls came out first: Dragon roll (BBQ Eel, avocado, green onion, masago, and sesame seeds) and “Joe’s Special” roll (shrimp tempura, smoked salmon, scallop, mango, avocado, green onion, masago mayo, sweet chili sauce, and sesame seeds). Delicious! The only criticism that we all agreed on was the rolls were cut into fairly large pieces. A whole roll could be easily made into 8 bite-sized pieces instead of sumo-sized 6 pieces! But maybe that’s the whole concept of Sumo Sumo. The beef tataki was a little different that the ones we’re used to. This one is a bit more sour, more onion-y. I still prefer Kobe’s beef takaki on the west side of town.
The rest of the rolls came throughout the night. All were delicious! Check out their menu on their website for a full description of each. The Mexican Roll was different… presented with actual tortilla chips and salsa. Not a lot of people were a fan of anything but the sushi itself for that one.
If you’ve been following the blog, you must know by now that I don’t say no to dessert! This is my third time getting the tempura fried ice cream. Usually it’s a bit crispier so I’m not sure what happened this time around. Inside is green tea, coconut, and chocolate ice cream. Yummy nevertheless!
The mango shaved ice was everybody’s favorite though. Light and refreshing, it was a perfect ending to the meal. Fresh pieces of mango and tapioca pearls decorated the top, and a vanilla wafer on the side made the dish so pretty! Only downside, we all had plates and were left struggling to scoop the ice into our mouth!
Thanks to all my friends for coming out for the dinner. I had a lovely evening!Sumo Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill
#300, 220 Lakeland Drive (Sherwood Park)