Great sushi, quick service and affordable prices – there’s no surprise there were some broken hearts when Sumo Sushi Media City briefly closed for renovation.
We were watching eagerly for its doors opening again and now it’s back, we’re actually thrilled that Sumo Sushi has spiced up its menu with lots of new options.
We start off our reintroduction with an ice-cold Cucumber Cooler (AED 16), which is initially super refreshing after walking in the Dubai heat for a two whole minutes.
On further slurping, it’s tad too sugary for our tastes – if you don’t have a sweet tooth, we recommend asking for less sugar beforehand.
For starters, we try the vegetarian shiitake mushroom soup (AED 30). It isn’t actually on the menu but the obliging chefs will happily make it for you.
Fresh and light, this is the perfect starter if you’re not too hungry.
We also order our favourite – spicy edamame (AED 23) and the spicy sauce poured on top is so good that we even save some for our sushi (restaurant hack alert!)
Across the table, deep-fried Rock N Roll Shrimp (AED 30) is not the healthiest option on the menu, but it’s so worth it.
Our always-smiling server Raj recommends a few dishes to try for our main course.
One of them is the new Forbidden Roll (AED 30) – avocado and greens wrapped in unusual black rice, and topped with more avocado.
It’s not easy to find good (and affordable) vegetarian sushi in Dubai, but this roll is amazing. We recommend having it with the spicy mayo sauce.
Our fish-eating friend is told that the Samurai Roll (AED 50) is a guest favourite, so we decide to order that.
Made of shrimp tempura, crabstick and is topped off with salmon and avocado, it looks like it would be messy to eat and we didn’t know what to expect.
However, once we tried it, we couldn’t stop digging in.
Safe to say, we now know why this is so popular and we are definitely going to get this every time we go back.
There’s no space left for dessert, but the sweet sushi with fruit (fruitshi?!) has us intrigued, so we make a mental note to try that on our next visit.
The new menu additions are available at all seven branches in Dubai, so enjoy.
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