Tsuru: Davao’s First Authentic Japanese Restaurant

Whenever I dine at a Japanese restaurant, there’s only one person that I almost always wish were with me; my boyfriend. After he came back from Kagoshima (circa 2009, I think?), Japanese cuisine has become his ultimate comfort food. And since I’m an awesome girlfriend, I’ve agreed to welcome a few Japanese restaurants on the list of food places we frequently visit. Tsuru is not one of them, at least not just yet. That’s why I was thrilled when I learned that Tsuru is included in our DFAT 2013 itinerary.

Tsuru Japanese Restuarant and Sushi Bar is known and proud to be the first and longest running authentic Japanese restaurant in Davao. Opened in 1990 in the still quiet street of Legazpi, it was a gathering place for old davaoeno families.  

After our orientation at Mam Bebs, we headed to Tsuru at Abreeza Mall where we were treated to an afternoon of sushi food tasting. But before I go on mumbling about the food, I thought I’d let you know that, I’m not good  in describing Japanese dishes. I fear that when I try, I might not give justice to how they really taste. One thing that I could tell you though,Tsuru’s Sushi Rolls are by far, the best I’ve ever tried. Since I can’t spoil you with words, let me just feed you with these appetizing photos courtesy of Kulay Potograpiya.

Crazy Maki
Volcano Roll
Godzilla Roll
My favorite! I love the idea of incorporating fruits into the sushi.
Tsuru Roll
I enjoyed everything that was served on our table. I usually am wary about anything with raw fish, but surprisingly, I found myself devouring these rolls in the same way I eat burgers; big bites, full mouth! Plus, they’re quite filling, too. I only had four rolls, but my stomach already felt full. It was indeed a great meal, and yes, a return visit is definitely in order.
  • J. Camus St./ (In front of People’s Park)
  • Damosa Gateway
  • Ground Floor Abreeza Mall, Davao City

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

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Tokyo Tokyo Now Serving at SM Lanang Premier

Yesterday, I, along with my fellow Davao Bloggers, were invited to attend the Davao Store opening of Tokyo Tokyo at SM Lanang Premiere; the first branch of the store outside Metro Manila. I’ve heard about Tokyo Tokyo for as long as I can remember, but I never got around to try it because I’m never in Manila. I was surprised to know that the store has been around for 30 years already and yet it was their first time to venture outside the corners of Manila. Thank goodness they chose Davao City to be their first home in Vis-Min.

“As we officially open the doors of Tokyo Tokyo in the heart of Davao, we hope to open a whole new dining experience for all Davaoeños – one of quality, affordable and delicious Japanese cuisine. We’re very happy to be opening not only the first branch to be built outside of Luzon, but also the beginning of our long-awaited expansion plans in the VisMin Region,” said Tokyo Tokyo’s Marketing Manager Joan Pamplona.

Photo 2: (Left to Right) Tokyo Tokyo Operations Director Jennifer Ravela,
RAMCAR Food Group CEO Mauro Agustines,
Tokyo Tokyo SM Lanang Store Manager Jasper Tamayo,
Tokyo Tokyo Business Development Director Jun Cruz,
RAMCAR Food Group VP of Operations Jojo Marcelo
and Tokyo Tokyo General Manager Chacha Juinio.

The management of Tokyo Tokyo treated their guests to some of their best-sellers such as:

Chicken Teriyaki
Beef Misono
California Maki
Prawn Tempura

Predictably my personal fave! Whenever I dine at Japanese restaurants, prawn tempura is the first thing I look for.

Davao Bloggers with the Management Team of Tokyo Tokyo, SM Lanang Premiere

Thank you Tokyo Tokyo for the wonderful dinner! I went home super full and satisfied! =)

For regular updates on Tokyo Tokyo’s latest product offerings and promos, like their Facebook page www.facebook.com/TokyoTokyoPhilippines


I’m so glad Davao is fast becoming a cosmopolitan city. What with all the new malls, condominiums, and IT parks sprouting everywhere, my beloved city has nowhere else to go but up. Speaking of new malls, SM Davao recently opened their Annex building to the public, and with it came new restaurants to impress Davaoeno’s palates. One of them is SumoSam.

I had the chance to try it the other day when my sister and I got tired from walking and walking around the mall. No, actually we weren’t tired, we were just looking for a reason to dine at SumoSam since we’ve been eyeing on it since its soft opening at SM Davao Annex a few weeks ago. Read More »