Eating in Surry Hills – Sushi Suma

More local eating. Sushi Sumo is recommended by a fellow colleague that lives around the area. It was recommended for a cheap night out and not to impress your date. Sushi Sumo is located on Cleveland Street. This street is dotted with a fair selection of Indian cuisine. I am not a big fan of Indian or Pakistani food but will most likely pick one or two to check out in the next few months. There is one Indian restaurant called Holy Cow! It seemed packed out whereas the rest are only half filled. I will need to chuck on the old research cap and not based on one observation on a Friday night.

It was a Friday evening and all popular places in Surry Hills usually has a queue outside or just way too packed. The three of us finally got out of the house and decided to take a chance and headed towards Cleveland Street from Crown Street. Surely, there must be something decent. Mister spied a Japanese joint opposite side of the road. It was Sushi Sumo! Any table? If we need to queue, how long will it take? All these negative thoughts were erased when Mister spotted a table downstairs. We walked in, sat down and greedily looked at the menu.

Sushi Sumo

Sushi Sumo

There are 4 different types of combo and we picked the Tempura Dinner ($34.80). It consists of a choice of sushi or sashimi, agedashi tofu (3 pieces), chicken yakitori (3 skewers), a selction of tempura (has vegetables and 3 prawns), 1 serve of miso soup, rice and Japanese tea and last but not least, 3 scoops of green tea ice cream! You may choose to up the serves of miso, rice and Japanese tea.

We opted for the sashimi. The boat was laden with pretty fresh salmon, tuna and king fish. The accompanied lukewarm agedashi tofu is quite tasty. No complains here.

Sashimi

Sashimi

The yakitori was quite salty but it was meant to go with the rice which did not arrive until after we have finished the sweet sauce skewers. It is tender and will love to have rice with it.

chicken yakitori

chicken yakitori

The tempura set was quite sizable as well. The batter was light and crispy. It was done well. It has the usual suspects of prawns, sweet potato, fish, eggplant and a couple of string beans. This is pretty awesome.

Tempura

Tempura

There is an ala carte menu that has other type of combo items on it. We opted for the california roll and the gyoza. I was less impressed with the gyoza. The dough had no shape and too doughy. It was a ugly and unloved gyoza.

Gyoza

Gyoza

The california roll (6pcs) was pretty average but with a price tag of $11.80, it is what it is. I thought the rice was a little soggy. This means that it must be made awhile ago and no longer as fresh as it should be.

California roll

California roll

The green tea ice cream has a certain familarity to it. It was a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with green tea with a side of red bean and corn flakes below. Check out my post on Izakaya Fujiyama. That was the classier version. So the question is – Who copied who? I did not like this ice cream as it was way too sweet. I left about half untouched. Looks can be deceiving!

Green tea ice cream

Green tea ice cream

We paid about $53 for the three of us. It is pretty damn affordable for a Friday night dinner. This place is BYO as well. We saw tables with 6 packs and bottles of wine. Despite of some impressive dishes, we will come back for a quick Japanese fix during the mid week. Sushi Sumo also does take away and catering. The kitchen itself is super busy and is just churning out plates after plates of cheap Japanese food. Cleveland Street is filled with affordable eats and has a totally different vibe from the hipster smelling Crown Street. I like.

Here is a list of places that I spotted on the walk to and from Cleveland that I shall love to check out soon:

  • Essenza Italian (Lunch)
  • Gnome (Dinner)
  • Caffe Sicilia
  • Alchemy

Have you been? And if so, any recommended dishes?