Where: G/F SM City Pampanga, MacArthur Highway, San Fernando, Pampanga
Operating hours: Open daily during mall hours, 10AM-9PM
Recommended Budget: Approximately PhP1,200 for two people
Sumo Niku looks like it took its time to enter that roster of restaurants offering unlimited barbecue, but their wide range of meat and affordable rates make the wait seem worth it.
What turns heads towards Sumo Niku is that they actually offer unlimited Japanese barbecue. Which means their range of pork, chicken, and beef are all infused with that savory Japanese seasonings. They serve eight kinds of pork, five kinds of beef, and two kinds of chicken.
Pork selections include the regular thinly-cut pork belly, black pepper pork belly, marinated pork belly, spicy pork belly, pork belly in teriyaki sauce, pork tenderloin, Japanese spicy pork chops, and golden mushroom pork roll.
Choose among these beef choices: regular thinly-cut US Premium beef, US Premium beef in teriyaki sauce, marinated US Premium beef, golden mushroom beef roll, and their unique cut, wagyu beef.
Chicken options come in teriyaki chicken or Japanese spicy chicken.
Apart from they also serve unlimited mozzarella cheese, Japanese rice, side dishes, soup, salad, steamed egg, and gravy. Lunch duration is from 11AM to 2PM, while dinner rates apply from 2PM until closing.
How to get to Sumo Niku: via commute: ride a bus going to San Fernando or Olongapo from terminals in Cubao or Buendia, then alight at SM City Pampanga (travel time is about 1.5-2 hours); via private car: enter NLEX from Balintawak and exit via San Fernando (travel time is about 40 minutes-1 hour)