Taste: Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion


The Scoop:

Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion recently opened in mid-March in the old Mr. Crab Seafood House at the Village West Shopping Center in Allentown. The menu is a mix of traditional sushi standards, some exotic roll combinations, plus Fusion cuisine that incorporates a variety of elements, from Mexican to Thai with Japanese mainstays. The interior offers sushi bar seating, a vibrantly lit dining room, along with an additional event space.


What’s Unique:

Sumo takes its Fusion seriously, with distinctive items like a southwestern-inspired Tuna Pizza ($10.25) with raw tuna, housemade guacamole, jalapeno,black olives and a spicy aioli or the Bacon Inoki Roll ($7.25) featuring bacon around Inoki mushrooms and served with barbecue sauce. There’s also Indian pancakes ($5.25), traditional American Rib Eye steak ($23.25) and Filet Mignon ($26.25), both served with veggies and Viet/Thai choices like Tom Yum soup ($4.95) and Pad Thai ($10.25). Of course there’s no shortage of Asian favorites, from tempura and fried rice to General Tso, hibachi and teriyaki.


What to Try:

Fresh fish. Take advantage of the ultra-fresh and ample seafood menu. Freshness is something you can’t fake and here the raw selections are super cold and super fresh tasting. The Spicy Tuna Gyoza ($9.95) are crispy bags of tuna, guacamole and Thai mango chilli sauce or the Wasabi Tuna Dumplings ($7.25) diamond shaped raw tuna pouches surrounding king crab and avocado atop a wasabi mayo are good places to start. The elegantly plated Truffle Salmon ($11.95) featuring delicately rolled seared salmon, truffle and garlic covered in a truffle sauce is a perfect sharing plate. Scallop fans will be happy as well. For those not thrilled by raw fish, the Crispy Peking Duck ($10.25) is not to be missed, shredded moist duck is combined with scallions, cucumbers and a spring mix inside sachet pouches of Indian pancake.

Fun Facts:

– Sumo’s chef and owner, Calvin Lin studied for over seven years with sushi masters and comes from Brooklyn, relocating in the Lehigh Valley.

– The menus are super pretty, like Instagram meets sushi menu

– Speaking of Instagram, although Japanese cuisine is usually pretty photogenic, it’s hard to resist taking pictures of the food here as the owner goes to great lengths to stylize even the appetizers, adding edible flowers, garnishes and sauce drizzles to most of the dishes.


For a showstopper, order the Fire Dragon and get your phone cameras ready. A spicy, crunchy roll is brought out a-blaze. It’s a crowd-pleaser that tastes as good as it looks.  


Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion

Monday  – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

3174 W Tilghman St, Allentown

610-351-1887, sumoallentown.com