Years before the rise in popularity of Japanese restaurants in the Philippines, Sumo Sam served as one of the patriarchs for your yummy source of sushi, maki, tempura, curry, and many other favorite dishes originating from one of the most admired cultures in the world.
Presently in 2018, the Sumo Sam group that is led by La Salle alumnus Ricky Laudico, 46, has grown their business to the point where many other branches and restaurant concepts have been established. One of those is Sandaime, which has two locations in Eastwood and Alabang Town Center.
“Sandaime prides itself in Teishoku, which is having sets,” Laudico told Animo Magazine. “You eat it with either ramen, gyoza, etcetera.”
Ricky Laudico, who started his restaurateur dream with actor friend Marvin Agustin, presented us with a number of the restaurant’s best dishes:
An order of the Dragon Roll arrives with eight pieces.
The delicious meal consists of tempura, unagi, cream cheese, ebiko, and is topped with mango slices. Perfect as an appetizer.
The Sukiyaki was a personal favorite of mine, given the mixture of different ingredients and right amount of sweetness in the soup which would make for a perfect rainy afternoon.
Each bowl consists of sliced beef, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, white onions, carrots, and sotanghon noodles. Trust me when I say you’ll be requesting for a second serving. Maybe even a third.
Tuna Salmon Set
We also indulged in an order of Tuna Salmon Roll which was topped by delicious mayonnaise, and pork tonkatsu which came with lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Overall, Sandaime makes for a great dining experience regardless of the time of day. While the food is obviously the main attraction, the brightly-lit interiors and comfortable ambiance makes the restaurant an ideal spot for any occasion.
ADDRESS: Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
VISIT: 8AM-9PM Sundays to Thursdays / 8AM-10PM Fridays and Saturdays