Sumo House serves the cheapest Japanese food in Singapore, serving the heartland since 2003.
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barely edible jap food
I was naively cheated by the cheap set meals it offered. Being a Japanese food lover, I could not resist the offer and I had to give it a try (at AMK branch). I wished I had not been tempted by them. I regretted stepping into the restaurant!
The cleanliness of the restaurant was nowhere near standard. I was very shocked to see flies at times as well. Despite the condition, I thought the food should be at least decent since I saw other patrons in the restaurant (mainly students). I ordered a bento and some shisamo. The shishamo tasted very raw and it was so hard to chew as well. The bento was barely edible too.
I have since learnt a lesson and I am certain I will not return to the same place ever.
The few times I was there, I observed that the staff was very young. I thought most of them should be students. So this gave me a feeling that this was like a training restaurant for people wanting to train to work in the food industry.
After trying the food, my feeling was confirmed. The food was edible but it was no way near tasty food. I really wanted to go into their kitchens and see whether the cooks are also students.
I guess if you are not too choosy with taste, then the food will be passable. Think of patronising this shop as contributing to the scholarship of those young people working in the shop or giving them the required training so that they can improve their standards.
It was good
I used to be a great fan of Sumo House because what's to dislike about cheap and delicious food? Plus the fact that I am a great Japanese cuisine fan, Sumo House was perfect. Well, I mentioned used to, because I feel otherwise about Sumo House now.
The branch at Clementi was great, the green tea was free and I think the meals were cheaper. The location was also pretty convenient; I used to go there at least once a week after school and my favourite dish is teriyaki chicken. I especially like the sauce. Students got a free plate of food too on weekdays, if I recall correctly. Now, there is only one Sumo House in Singapore which is at Ang Mo Kio. It is way too far for me to travel as often there. I used to frequent Sumo House when it was located at Clementi with my family, and after it closed down, we did visit the one at Ang Mo Kio a few times. I have never been there after school, so I am not sure if the student offer is still available. The place is relatively smaller and the quality of the food has gone down quite a bit. My family and I all agreed that it just tastes different. Nonetheless, I would still return some time, because despite the increase in prices, the food proportion is still well worth the money.
Cheap Japanese food, but don't expect great taste
When I think of Sumo House, I think of cheap Japanese food, and the keyword here is 'cheap' because nothing else is really worth crowing about.
The place is not really easy to find, for starters, and the ambience resembles that of an air conditioned school canteen as it is only furnished with the bare minimum. The food is so-so, with a forgettable taste. In fact, the only thing I remember about the taste is how sour the orange slices were, because every time I ate there, the oranges were always the sour type. I'll probably only recommend this place to people who have less than $10 left in their wallets.
Fav after school hang out.
Previously before they closed the branch in clementi, I used to go to sumo house for lunch after school. Cheap japanese food with free flow of hot green tea and meals starting from 2.90, why not? My friend usually gets the katsu don (2.90) with extra mayo and that makes her extremely happy heh.
My favourite would be the ones with california maki. Soba, california maki, tempura, fruits, a small coleslaw side and only costs 7.90 if I'm not wrong. Love it because it's so value for money! Because we are students, they will sometimes give us another side of chicken or something for free because we are students and we are entitled to it. How exciting!
I love this place and if you're not concerned about quality, sumo house is the way to go.
Wastes my stomach space!
I used to hangout at Sumo House in the past when it was still located beside the S-11. Free flow of hot green tea, cheap food prices and a Katsu-don set only cost $2.90, each sets includes fruits and miso soup.
However ever since they shift into the new building which was only a few blocks away from the previous location, the shop is so small and walk-ways so narrow. Space isn't much of a problem, it's the food and prices! The prices has gone up, the food standards declined. I ordered Katsu-don as usual but only managed to finish half of it as it tasted so plain, the portion of scrambled eggs obviously shrink by half! The ratio of eggs to onions was 1:3. The california maki was worse, it's larger than other california maki i've seen elsewhere but it was an awfully made sushi it's most likely the worst i've ever had in the past 22 years. 2 of us had a don, a udon and a california maki it costs us $18 for such below average food. What do you say?
Cheap Cheap Cheap Chip Chip
Definitely the cheapest Japanese food around town, I was surprised at the portion of food I get.
The one I visited is at the Clementi MRT and the place is pretty spacious for a good number of customers. At a sum of money that you will hardly shout theft, the portion of food is considerably huge and it is able to fill my tummy up. This restaurant does little to its interior design and the service is average. With that money spent at the restaurant, what do we expect? This restaurant will be good for those who call for average service, average food, average ambience at an affordable price.
Free flow green tea, cheap sets
I recall coming here very often during my days in Anderson JC. That's because as students we don't have much cash to spend and it was only a few bus stops away from school. It was really good because there's free flow of green tea and their sets are very cheap with prices starting at about $3.
What I liked was that they often go around serving free plates of food. And some of them can be relatively expensive items on the menu like scallops which cost about $5 if I don't remember wrongly. The quality of the food is average or maybe slightly below average. But hey, you get what you pay for.
Not Sumo-ly attractive
Sumo House used to be a cheaper alternative for Japanese food, with set meals as cheap as around $5. Moreover, they used to serve students with a complimentary side dish, for instance, cold tofu, which would cost a few dollars for non-students.
However, ever since the branch at Ang Mo Kio shifted into a new building which is still within the Ang Mo Kio district, there is no longer any more complimentary dish, and prices of the food are increased, despite that the portion has seem to decrease and the quality lowered. Now, the food are not as worthwhile for their prices quoted. I have never gone back after the first time I ate at their new outlet.