Fun, casual Japanese standing bar dining concept with a focus on beef.
The food: Modern Japanese cuisine in the form of sides like Char Siew Taiyaki Sliders (think Japanese Kong Bak Pau) ($14), Pork Trotter Korokke ($12), Yuzu Pepper Chicken Skin Chips ($10), and the pink/red Beef Gyoza ($11) where the gyoza wrapper is made from red capsicums.
The tonkotsu broth based line-up of ramen (that comes with free flow onsen eggs) make up the more substantial offers on Sumo’s menu, including Char Siew Ramen ($17), Oxtail Ramen ($21), the impressive looking Bone-in Short Rib Ramen ($42, feeds two) that comes with a massive 600 gram bone-in US prime short rib slow roasted for 8 hours, as well as their signature Sumo Ramen ($23) which features of all their beef toppings like the slow-roast oxtail, braised beef tendon, short rib and sliced beef served on the thin variant of ramen noodles.
The same short rib and char siew used for the ramen can also be found in the variety of donburi that Sumo offers, such as the Mini Loco Moco Don ($18) featuring luncheon meat, foie gras and sunny side up quail egg served on Koshikari rice from Niigata, Japan. If you don’t do red meat, Sashimi ($17) also makes an appearance on the Mini Chirashi Don ($18).
The space: Cozy, casual tachinomi (Japanese standing bars) along the quiet Waterloo street.
The buzz: By the people behind Standing Sushi Bar and Tanuki Raw, you can expect a fair share of fun, unconventional modern Japanese creations along with an extensive list of one cup sake, cocktails and mocktails.