Paul was hungry. He said so while we were seating in Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
“I’m hungry. Aren’t you?”
Honestly, I was full after eating 떡볶이 (tteokbokki) for lunch. So I tipped my head to the left and answered, “So-so.”
He smiled a bit shyly and claimed, “Well, I’m on a diet.”
Then he laughed. I followed. It was so funny.
“We can go and find something to eat,” I offered. He stood up and replied, “Let me go to restroom first.” Of course, I nodded my assent.
When he went back, we focused ourselves to one of the most difficult tasks in the world – choosing which restaurant to dine in.
My friends and I all want to explore different cuisines to experience cultural immersion even just by eating out. May it be Italian, French, Greek, Persian, or Thai, we can form some conclusions as to how people in that country or nation live. Just by the selection of spices included in their common dishes will give us a glimpse of their culinary styles.
So my usual question to a friend would be: “What cuisine would you like to try today? What food would you like to eat now?” Usually, we can base our search from our answers to those questions. There are many restaurants in a big shopping mall, so it would be better if we know what we are looking for.
So that day I asked my friend those questions. He responded with an excited gleam in his eyes, “I want shishig!”
“Shishig?” I repeated. “Hmm. What kind? There are pork, chicken, tuna, crab [shishig]. Which would you like?” I continued asking.
“Anything will be fine,” he answered.
So on we walked. “I hope we can find good Filipino restaurant here,” I murmured. We combed three floors of Greenbelt 3 until I exclaimed, “Aha! Seafood Island!”
We found our way near the big menu stand in front of the restaurant. I eagerly searched for the “shishig”, while I heard him saying, “There isn’t any shishig here.”
“No, there are shishig here. Just wait,” I insisted. I browsed over the boodle fight courses, passed the grilled and stuffed squids, then I found it. “Ah, here! Crispy sisig, tuna sisig, crab sisig, calamari sisig…”
“No, no, no. They are not shishig.”
“What???” I asked, a bit exasperated. “You told me you specifically want some shishig.”
“This is not shishig. I want shishi and sashimi,” he explained.
“Aha! You mean SUSHI, not suh-shig! Argh~~~~” I finally said.
He looked at me like I grown two heads for arriving at that obvious fact. “Yes, yes!”
Okaaay, guys. ‘Fessing time. Actually, I have lots of Korean friends and sometimes when we go out and they want to eat Filipino local food, they usually order for sisig, a Filipino dish made from parts of pig’s head and liver, usually seasoned with calamansi and chili peppers.
When I heard him say “shishi”, I assumed he was referring to sisig. I didn’t think he might acquire a different accent. LOL
So after that shishig fiasco, we went to hunt for Japanese restaurants. Near the cinema, we found Sumo sam.
When I first saw the restaurant, the first thing that came to me was, “Isn’t it supposed to be Sumo-san?”
One of the waiting staff approached us, and with an easy smile invited us to have a look inside. When Paul agreed and followed her, I guess this is the place where he decided to eat his “shishi” [laughs].
The restaurant is not so big inside, but I guess that’s the reason that they have extended it in the mall’s veranda. The décor is simple, with black and red as the main theme. Rectangular paper lanterns were hung in the restaurant’s ceiling, making the atmosphere fancy yet oriental.
At first, we were seated near the entrance, but after I complained of being uncomfortable with my back facing the door, we were transferred to a private table at the back.
Our waitress gave us huge menus for us to order. As usual, it took me a long time to choose. Thankfully, he had many in mind, so I just sent my acquiescence to him and added one in his list of rolls then we’re done.
He was very hungry and we had to wait for more than ten minutes before the first meal was served. Something like sushi rock and roll was given first, and we had finished it in record time, way before I snapped a photo using my phone. One word – ravenous!
After that, the sushi platter was next. We enjoyed everything that was given to us, and I usually took sips of my green iced tea which was always full (it was later that I noticed it was in bottomless).
Here are some of the shots taken at Sumo-sam using my camera phone.
The food was so filling we left there bloated. Really, I didn’t plan to pig out for that night. The taste of the meals was not as authentic, but not so bad either. I just don’t like my green iced tea, which I assumed as iced green tea at first. LOL.