Sumo Sushi & Steak
Seasoned chef brings fresh flavor to NW Arkansas
Posted: December 30, 2012 at 6 a.m.
Flavor with a flair
Korean native masterfully blends East and West cuisine
An already popular Fayetteville sushi and steak restaurant is under aggressive new management and soon will offer an expanded menu with emphasis on Korean cuisine.
Sumo Sushi & Steak is owned by Jong Park, a Korean native with decades of restaurant experience, including part ownership in the Crazy Hibachi in Little Rock. Park is now fully focused on Sumo, which is located at the busy intersection of North Mall Avenue and Van Asche Drive.
The new fusion menu will be flavored by Park’s experience with Eastern and Western cuisine. Meanwhile, the present one provides a taste of what is to come, he said.
At Sumo, great attention is paid to both quality and quantity. All meats are choice quality USDA-certified cuts. Sushi-quality fish is delivered packed on ice and is never deep frozen, thus preserving its fresh texture.
The present menu features a variety of salads, soups, noodles, fried rice, hibachi, Bento boxes, sushi and appetizers.
There are lunch and dinner portions of hibachi made with filet mignon, New York strip steak, Teriyaki chicken, sushi-grade salmon, shrimp or white fish. Both portions are served with a choice of soup or salad, choice of steamed or fried rice and a side of hibachi vegetables. The dinner selection also includes noodles.
Although Sumo does offer hibachi-cooked dishes, the grill is located in the kitchen. Instead of holding the showmanship in the dining room, Park works from behind the counter and produces dishes that are both appealing to the eye and the palate.
Attention to detail is included in each dish, down to the sticky gyoza, a wonton wrapped around pork and vegetables, steamed or fried, and topped with melted cheese, eel sauce and a spicy aioli. Other appetizers include tuna tartare with avocado and mango, soft-shell crab tempura, Korean sweet soy short ribs, baked mussels and edamame. The quesadilla and chicken lettuce wrap are also customer favorites.
For lunch, a Bento Box special offers a variety of samplings for $5.99. Each box is served with salad, steamed rice, four pieces of California roll and cucumber salad. The selections include beef or chicken teriyaki, spicy pork or chicken, sesame chicken or bulgogi. Bulgogi is a traditional Korean dish with thin slices of sirloin marinated with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and typically onions and mushrooms.
Sumo is also running a 3-6 p.m. happy hour, when patrons can purchase one entree and get one free. Additionally, all sushi is all-you-can-eat.
Park said he wants Sumo to become a place where guests enjoy the company of each other.
Sumo opens daily at 11 a.m. Closing time is 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More information is available by calling (479) 575-0276.