Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Restaurant Review: Sumo Russellville
Recently, Josh and I found ourselves in need of some dinner on a weeknight in Russellville, Arkansas. If you don't know the area, it's about an hour from Little Rock on interstate 40. We were meeting up with some family and swapping furniture, and when all that was said and done, we needed some food. Now, Russellville doesn't seem to have the most innovative cuisine, at least now what we could see in the area we were in 2 miles from the interstate. So, a quick google search brought up what our options were, and Sumo seemed to be the best pick.
Now, I was not overly optimistic about this place. The building is a weird, windowless box in the center of a huge parking lot. Also, we were in a fairly small town in Arkansas. However, we were pretty pleased with our overall experience.
We got there kind of late, about 8 pm, so the place was pretty cleaned out. Most of the restaurant is taken up with hibachi grills, but we were escorted to a smaller room where you could just order off the menu. The menu is huge. There are tons of appetizers, sushi dishes, hibachi dishes, bento boxes, and noodle dishes. The decor is pretty lush as well. Obviously, this place is meant to be a "nice" place to eat in Russellville.
Josh and I split a seaweed salad, which was a very large portion. The salad was tasty and squishy, as usual, and there were sliced cucumbers on the bottom. Those got a bit soggy, and we left them in the bowl, but overall, the dish was fine.
There were a good variety of veggie rolls on the menu, including a Jade Roll (seaweed, avocado, and cucumber) and a shitake roll. I went with my favorite, the avocado roll, and I spotted the sweet potato roll, which I figured I had to try. I was so happy that I did. The sweet potato was tempura fried and rolled up, which ended up being incredibly tasty.
My only complaint about the rolls would be that they were huge. I mean, they were fairly impossible to get an entire bite in your mouth. The ration of filling of rice to avocado on this roll wasn't the best.
The sweet potato roll was definitely my favorite, and I would go back for it again.