Satur-dating at Sumo Sam, Greenhills Town Center

While Paul and I love going out with our friends and family; once in a while, we make time to just spend a quiet evening enjoying each other's company. One Saturday night, we decided to have dinner out at the newly opened Greenhills Town Center located along Granada which is adjacent to Gilmore and Ortigas Avenue. We've been looking forward to checking this place out as it's located so close to home. Another place to consider when dining out most especially when we want to avoid the Greenhills Shopping Center traffic.

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Greenhills Town Center is a small commercial complex that houses a number of food establishments like McDonald's, Ha Yuan, Seattle's Best Coffee, Red Buffalo and our dinner choice for that evening -- Sumo Sam. There are quite a number of new food shops that I will make sure to visit in the coming months.

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Sumo Sam is located right at the entrance of Greenhills Town Center making it very easy to locate. Note though that parking is quite limited which is why we ended up parking at the side street beside the complex. We didn't mind the short walk since the weather was pretty cool that evening.

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As we entered Sumo Sam, we were quickly led to our table and were handed the very heavy menu. I've dined at the other Sumo Sam branches before making me quite familiar with the menu. We started with a cup of Chawan Mushi (Php. 189). My favorite egg custard simmered in a delightful Japanese soup stock and mixed with crabmeat, mushroom and spring onions. My sister and I used to drink Sugi's Emperor's Soup and this one tasted just like it. I love Chawan Mushi though I make a conscious effort to just have this once in a while to avoid elevating my cholesterol level. Better to start early!

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A Japanese meal is not complete without enjoying a plate of sushi or maki thus Paul ordered some Rock and Roll (Php. 258) for us to try. My husband knows me so well!

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I enjoyed this hand-rolled rice-covered sushi with ebi tempura, mangoes, ebiko and drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise. For the price though, I find it a bit expensive as we just got 6 medium-sized sushi cuts. In other words, I want MORE!

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While Sumo Sam's menu is pretty much the same across all branches, I was told that only the Greenhills Town Center branch has the Bento Boxes for now.

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I love Katsudon and this was what I was initially planning to order from the menu until Paul told me that they have the Matsuya Katsu Bento (Php. 298) which had a small serving of the Katsu together with Japanese rice, a few slices of Tuna Sashimi, a small bowl of beansprouts and sweet dilis. Woah! What a feast!

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As my bento box was served, I gave the dilis and beansprouts to Paul who enjoyed them very much. I, on the other hand, liked the fresh Tuna Sashimi as well as the breaded pork cutlets too! However, I think the Chef went a little bit overboard with the soy sauce for pork cutlets as it was a tad too salty for my taste.

Talk about carbo-load! Sumo Sam was really generous with their rice as I couldn't even finish the very compact rice that came with my bento box. Nonetheless, it was fluffy and sticky, just the way I love it.

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Paul decided to choose from the Donburi line and he zeroed it on the Pork Kimchi Don (Php. 278). What a unique choice! I think my husband forgot for a while there that he was at a Japanese restaurant after enjoying the dilis and beansprout from my meal. I'm glad though that he was pleased with his choice as the pork was said to be tender and and the Kimchi complemented the meat.

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To end our meal, we were given a scoop of Chocolate Ice Cream which was part of my Bento Box meal. It was pretty okay, nothing spectacular if you ask me.

Service was good yet, over-all, I find the price a bit steep given that they still have a long way to go to match up to the authentic Japanese restaurants in the metro.

Sumo Sam is located at the Greenhills Town Center, 2 Granada St., Brgy. Valencia in Quezon City. It's located right beside JT's Inasal and it a block away from Hermanos Taco Shop.

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