Paolo Sia ponders the SumoSam phenomenon.

Sumo Sam

Even when you arrive at Sumo Sam early, families are already milling about the vicinity, some in animated conversations with each other. Others are seated, quietly hunched over, probably thinking about what to order – or just thinking about why their families are too stubborn to leave and to eat elsewhere.

After being seated comfortably by the hostess (which hopefully happens before your knees have turned to rubber), your mind races through the menu like Andretti to look for something appealing. And filling. After asking the waiter for his recommendations, he suggests their set menu, good for more than two people. After explaining, he also mentions that it isn’t available tonight.


For a restaurant that constantly serves a throng of people, Sumo Sam’s service is surprisingly fast. The portions are huge, making their price range (P125-300 per meal) quite affordable and economical – especially for those eating family style.

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