SumoSam Legacy Opens at SM Lanang Premier Davao

Yesterday, I was invited to the opening of SumoSam Legacy at SM Lanang Premier. The event was graced by actor, top restaurateur, and co-owner of SumoSam, Mr. Marvin Agustin. Also present was Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo, co-owner, and Mr. Carlo Lorenzana, Davao Partner of SumoSam. It was a simple and intimate afternoon gathering with some media and blogger friends.
SumoSam Legacy is the 3rd Sumo Sam branch in Davao following Abreeza Mall and SM South Annex, but what sets SumoSam Legacy from the first two branches is that, it serves specialized dishes that are not offered in regular branches. Mr. Magdaluyo shares that SumoSam here in Davao offers lower prices as compared to Manila, since resources here are just within reach.
On to the food. It wasn’t my first time to dine at SumoSam since I’ve been to their SM Annex branch  a couple of times before. However, it was my first time to truly indulge on their sushi rolls, which if I may put, the best I’ve ever tried, so far.
Ebi (prawn) Tempura, Fish Tempura, and Crab Tempura

Tempura is always the first thing I look for in a Japanese restaurant. I only tried the Prawn and Crab tempura, and I’m happy to report that they are cooked just the way I like it. The batter isn’t too thick and subtly seasoned, therefore, does not overpower the taste of the prawn and crab (stick).


Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki is the Japanese version of our very own Chicken Inasal. It’s a grilled chicken dish seasoned with a special sweet soy sauce marinade. I like that the chicken is cooked just right; tender and rightly seasoned. I also appreciate that it’s not too sweet.


California Roll

California Roll is stuffed with lettuce and mango, topped with crab stick strips, then finally smothered with fish roe (eggs). I love California Maki. It’s my go-to sushi since I am a sucker for anything with mangoes in it.  Unlike the New York Fried Maki that I’ve tried during my first SumoSam visit, this one has equal quantity of rice and stuffing. I like it this way better because the flavors are not compromised. This is my top pick!

Mt. Apo Roll

Mt. Apo Roll is quite interesting simply because it has Durian cream in it. I never realized that Durian could be well-incorporated in a sushi dish. It also has corn and raisins on top of it, which makes it even more unique than most sushi offered in other Japanese restaurants. The sushi itself is beautifully crafted that one might think it’s flavor is overwhelming, but it’s actually not. This is my second pick.

P.S: This particular sushi is only available in SumoSam Davao.

Dynamite Roll

One does not simply eat Dynamite Roll. Why? Just take cue on its name. Dynamite Roll is made with fresh salmon with a whole lot of chili. I was honestly surprised when I first tasted it as it’s really spicy. Indeed, this sushi is an explosion in every bite. And yes, looks can be deceiving. *winks*


Crunchy Tuna Roll

Crunchy Tuna Roll is pretty basic, but I do love the texture that the crunchy chicharon gives. This is best enjoyed with wasabe and soy sauce, as both infuse more flavor to the rather bland taste of the japanese rice and tuna.

The people behind SumoSam and Media/Bloggers
I totally enjoyed all those sushi and I feel that I am now slowly turning into a Japanese Food lover. Thanks to SumoSam and Ms. Ria for the invitation. I went home with a happy tummy. 🙂

SumoSam Branches in Davao:

3rd Flr, Abreeza Mall, Roof Garden
1st Flr, SM South Annex, Beside Grab-A-Crab
Ground Floor, Fountain Court, SM Lanang Premier

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