Sumo – sushi that punches above its weight

Sumo Sushi and Bento

Sumo – Sushi & Bento is one of the Middle East’s most well-known sushi franchises providing sushi, bento and a few hot dishes. They have two outlets in Bahrain, one in Amwaj at The Lagoon and one in Juffair on Shabab Avenue.

Sumo has been our go-to sushi restaurant for a long while now. It’s convenient, for when you’ve got a craving for some sushi and something of the Japanese food variety. Sumo isn’t high end sushi, but what it is is a place where you can get some solid sushi, time and again, for a pretty decent price.

Sumo Sushi and Bento

Sumo’s veggie rolls.

With one half of the BHBh team being vegetarian, Sumo is a little bit limiting in terms of vegetarian variety. But that’s not to say it doesn’t try. They’ve got a fantastic Veggie Bento which comes with rice (your choice of white or brown), some beautifully cooked mushrooms smothered in the most buttery of sauces, kimchi, edamame and some deep-fried tofu with a ginger sauce. All for just BD 2.9. By far the best bargain you can find on the entire menu, in Sumo. Fact. Aside from the Veggie Bento, there’s also a pretty good variety of other vegetarian dishes including veggie rolls, avocado maki, tempura, and miso soup, to name but a few.

Sumo Sushi and Bento

Veggie Bento – a bargain at only BD 2.9.

For the sushi eaters among you, the selection of sushi at Sumo will suit you just fine. Having tried everything from the Sushi Sandwich to the Nigiri and Sashimi, nothing from Sumo has ever disappointed. Going with a group of fellow sushi eaters is the way to go. With around four of you, order one of the platters for maximum selection. Four of us have easily taken down the Yokozuna platter. You might think it’s a bit pricey at BD 34.2, but between four or more people, you’re looking at BD 8.55 per person – not too shabby. This is sushi after all.

Sumo Sushi and Bento

The Yokozuna platter. Boat optional.

However, if half of you are vegetarian and the choice of sharing is out the window, I recommend the poke bowl. Perfect if you are really craving some of that raw fish sushi and rice, but ordering a couple of sushi dishes is just a little too above your budget for a quick-lunch.

Sumo Sushi and Bento

Mixed poke bowl.

Sushi isn’t what usually pops to mind for a budget meal. Sumo isn’t really an exception, since you’re looking at a minimum of BD 8 for lunch for two. Having said that, as far as sushi goes, it’s very good value for money. An average price for an above average meal. We can deal with that!

Sumo Sushi and Bento

Miso soup

Sumo’s Vital Statistics

  • Phone: +973 1771 8091
  • Hours: Saturday – Wednesday: 11am – 12am. Thursday – Friday: 11am – 2am.
  • Accepts credit cards: Yes
  • Website

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