What is the Sumo Sam Legacy? Sumo Sam was created to fill a gap in the market. It’s designed as a casual dining Japanese restaurant that’s not fast food nor expensive high end dining.
Sumo Sam offers a Japanese menu that’s accessible and not too Japanese. For one, the menus are in English with dishes that have descriptive names. Goes to show that Sumo Sam is not as high brow as some people think.
Sumo Sam presents Japanese dishes and Japanese cuisine in a way that most Filipinos can fully enjoy…. fresh ingredients, strong yet balanced flavors, and beautiful presentation.
For the SM Premier brand, Sumo Sam created the Sumo Sam Legacy Restaurant. It offers the same value for your money delicious Japanese food with a little bit something extra. Every month, a featured chef will create a special Japanese dish using the freshest Davao ingredients. This dish will be featured in the Sumo Sam Legacy restaurant and will only be available for a limited time.
It was exciting to meet and converse with Sumo Sam owners, Marvin Agustin and Raymund Magdaluyo. Magdaluyo is in love with Davao City and is very much excited to create and present new Japanese dishes using ingredients found in Davao’s markets.
Sumo Sam Davao, franchised by Carlo Lorenzana, is the first franchise outside Luzon. And in less than a year, they already have 3 branches in Davao City. Including the uniquely branded Sumo Sam Legacy at SM Lanang Premier.
The Davao branches have unique dishes such as the Mt. Apo Roll, the Crunchy Tuna Roll, and the Brown Rice Kamameshi which are only available in these branches. The Mt. Apo Roll is a unique maki roll which has durian cream as one of its components. They also have the Davao Rolls which has Malagos Cheese. And one of my favorites, the Tuna Crunchy Roll has fresh tuna and some crunchy tuna chicharon in a densely packed roll. A few pieces will make you feel full.
Aside from these unique Davao-inspired Japanese dishes, the usual Japanese fare such as tempura, soba, yakitori, and the ever famous California Maki are also available at the Sumo Sam Legacy Restaurant.
It’s a good sign that a restaurant chain is adapting to local cuisine and use local ingredients. I am also excited by the monthly featured chefs and their dishes as this will give diners something new to try and enjoy. I’m sure a lot of Davaoenos will relish the experience of casual but thoughtful Japanese dining.
In Davao City, Sumo Sam is located at SM City Davao Annex and Abreeza Ayala Mall. The first ever Sumo Sam Legacy is located at the Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premier.