If you got a big appetite and like Sushi, I have an extremely good advice for you: check out Sumo!
Sumo is a large chain of all you can eat Sushi places all over the Netherlands. There is one in nearly every bigger city. Luckily, we also have one in Utrecht. You could think that if there is a Sumo in every major city it is nothing special, but you would be wrong. The quality of the food and the atmosphere of the restaurants are superb. Their concept is also very special.
The Sumo Sushi & Grill Restaurant in Utrecht is located in the Potterstraat 16 – 20. From the outside it doesn’t seem very big, but you will be surprised once you enter the building. There are some tables close to the entrance but if you walk further into the building you will get to a big room full of tables. It is definitely not too big, but big enough that you will nearly always get a table. Also, there is a second floor with even more space to sit. In the middle of the restaurant, there is a huge tree which gives the restaurant a very cosy atmosphere. Apart from that, the kitchen is open and you can see the chefs preparing your food as you wait for your order.
Sumo has its own special all you can eat order system. Whereas many restaurants offer a buffet, at Sumo you can order your meal à la cart. Every dish is prepared freshly after you place your order. That way you will always get high quality food. Since this system could lead to people ordering too much food at the same time, which could result in throwing away most of the things, you can only order five dishes per person at the same time. In total, you are allowed to order six rounds. In other words: you are allowed to order 30 dishes in total. Don’t think that you won’t be satisfied because of this restriction. I am a very good eater myself and I never even made it to the sixth round of ordering. That is also owed to the fact that you get multiple pieces per order. If you for example order Maki, you will get three pieces. If you order warm food, such as squid or fried chicken, you will receive a small plate full of food.
The menu is full of different kinds of dishes. Even though they are specialized in Sushi and have a very wide range of different types, you can also order grilled and fried dishes, soups or rice and noodle meals. You could say that Sumo offers nearly every typical Japanese dish you can think of.
As you can imagine due to the high quality of the food and the all you can eat concept Sumo is not really cheap. During the day, the prices are 16,50€ from Monday to Thursday and 19,50€ from Friday to Sunday. At night, the dinner prices are 27,00€ from Monday to Wednesday and 28,50€ from Thursday to Sunday and on holidays. In my opinion, the price is very reasonable if you think of the fresh ingredients they use.
Sumo is due to its price and the concept definitely not the everyday restaurant. But if you are looking for a special location for a special occasion, I can definitely recommend Sumo to you! I hope that you share my view once you ate there.
For more information about the restaurant, visit their website: www.restaurantsumo.com/utrecht/