Last February 1, we celebrated my grandmother’s 78th birthday at Sumo Sam in TriNoma. Since it was a Friday, I expected the restaurant to be packed with diners so I made dinner reservations beforehand.
Sumo Sam is just one of the many Japanese restaurants in the Philippines owned by actor/chef/restaurateur Marvin Agustin. It opened its first branch in 2005 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.
The funky yet classy interiors, warm lighting and attentive waiters created a cheerful ambience, which we all loved.
It was hard to choose a favorite because of the wide variety of menu items available. But our familiarity with Japanese food made it easier.
We ordered beef yakiniku, chicken yakitori, wagyu bacon rice, pork tonkatsu, seafood yakiudon, cha soba, steamed gyoza and assorted sashimi.
Beef Yakiniku (Php 248)
Chicken Yakitori (Php 228)
Wagyu Bacon Rice (Php 299)
Pork Tonkatsu (Php 218)
Seafood Yakiudon (Php 248)
Steamed Gyoza (Php 228)
Assorted Sashimi (Php 378)
One of the waiters overheard that it was my grandmother’s birthday and gave us complimentary dessert (chocolate ice cream).
- Some of the dishes were delicious, some were bland but overall an average dining experience.
Inspired by the fish and chips (Brits call fries “chips”) shops found on the streets of London, Chuck’s Grub is the first traditional fish and chips stall to hit the metro, with two branches located at the Powerplant Mall in Makati City and TriNoma Mall in Quezon City.
Chuck’s Grub Trinoma, 2nd floor Food Choices, Tel 507-0005. This branch is only 1-month old. Opened in April 2012.
Meet the friendly staff, Ate Mylene and Kuya (I forgot his name) sorry!
Golden fish nuggets seasoned in ground salt and pepper, soaked in beer batter and deep-fried until golden brown
Not familiar with the kind of fish that they serve so this was very useful. I ordered the Full Monty with Garlic Mayo and my all-time fave Calamares.
The Full Monty (Php 280). 4-piece sampler of dory, snapper, cobbler and halibut
Calamares (Php 150)
Served in paper cone
That unplanned visit to CG wiped my stress away. Also gave me an idea on what to eat when I go to London. =)