Dinner and a show at Sumo Japanese Hibachi and Sushi in Ithaca’s northeast

This week we’re enjoying dinner and a show at Sumo Japanese Hibachi and Sushi, which opened ten years ago this summer in Ithaca’s northeast. The spacious restaurant at the Cayuga Shopping Center offers bar area, dining room seating, sushi bar, private and open hibachi rooms, and a private dining room available for groups and meetings.

Sushi is just about everywhere these days, from the supermarkets to the Chinese buffets and campus cafes, but we’ve found the freshest, tastiest, and most creative sushi options lately at Sumo. Enjoy a roll as an appetizer before your hibachi, or share a few rolls or a sushi combo for two.

Sumo’s “Love Boat” sushi combo for two. 14850 Photos by Mark H. Anbinder.

Sumo has plenty of sushi and sashimi to choose from — sashimi is just raw fish, and sushi includes rice — including vegan and vegetarian rolls, and raw or cooked seafood. We’ve even had a fun duck sushi roll – and yes, that one’s fully cooked.

The sushi bar appetizer options include tuna dumplings, tuna sashimi wrapped around spicy snow crab.

Two round balls of raw tuna drizzled with sauce on a crystal plate

The tuna dumplings at Sumo.

The generous sushi and sashimi combos include platters sized for a meal for one, or to share as a hearty appetizer or small meal for two, and the Sushi for 2 and Love Boat for 2 are so thorough that they almost guarantee leftovers. These come with miso soup or a small salad.

Bowls containing broth and a salad sitting on a table

Miso soup or a small salad come with each dinner.

If you’re sitting in the dining room, there are kitchen-prepared entrees to choose from like tonkatsu, breaded pork, yakisoba or ramen noodle dishes, or chicken, salmon, or tofu teriyaki.

But we think the best reason to visit Sumo is their teppanyaki tables, offering the Japanese hibachi steakhouse style that’s cooked right in front of you. Their skilled chefs slice and dice vegetables on a hot grill, and add your choice of chicken, steak, scallops, shrimp, or more while putting on a show.

A teppanyaki chef preparing food on a grill as a flame erupts

Dinner and a show in the hibachi rooms at Sumo.

Sumo offers hot tea, as well as hot and cold sake, a selection of wine and beer, and a few creative cocktails, like a dry or sweet saketini – a martini with sake instead of vermouth.

You can find Sumo in the Village of Lansing, just off North Triphammer Road at the Cayuga Shopping Center, or at ithacasumo.com, or call 607-257-7777 and tell them you heard about them here.

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