Sumo Bar Happy – The Amazing Sumo Ramen Makes Our Bellies Very Happy
The folks behind Standing Sushi Bar and Tanuki Raw have once again come up with another establishment – Sumo Bar Happy! Why sumo, you may ask?
According to the friendly restaurant manager, the painting of a clowder of cats displayed on the wall depicts the cats owned by the creative brains behind the restaurant, and one of their cats happened to be called, “Sumo”. This new establishment smacked right in the heart of Singapore’s artsy-fartsy Bras Basah district is a modern ramen and tachinomi sake bar.
The menu features a variety of ramen, donburi, sides, one cup sake, cocktails, and mocktails. There are a few interesting side dishes such as the sakura ebi & sweet corn kakiage, US prime beef tartare, yuzu pepper chicken skin chips, and more.
The US Prime Beef Tartare ($13) boasts hand-chopped US prime beef served with a confit egg yolk seasoned with truffle nikiri, and comes with baby romaine and crispy roasted seaweed at the side. The beef is tender, and tastes so good when it’s dipped into the creamy eggy goodness. There isn’t a fixed way for savouring the dish. You can mix and match the items, and adjust the portions according to your preference. The fresh and crunchy baby romaine and crispy seaweed are perfect as wraps!
The Yuzu Pepper Chicken Skin Chips ($10) contains crispy chicken skin chips tossed in a house-blend of yuzu and pepper spice. It is served with sour cream, chive and shio konbu. The US Prime Beef Tartare wow-ed us earlier on, but there isn’t anything special about the chicken skin chips to rave about. The yuzu flavour is very subtle, perhaps overpowered by the peppery taste.
Here comes the highlight of our night – the Sumo Ramen ($23). All the ramen broth at Sumo Bar Happy uses a pork base, and is slow-cooked for 48 hours to bring out the flavours more distinctly. However, the flavours of the beef are infused into the Sumo Ramen, which makes it stand out from the rest. You get slow-roast oxtail, braised beef tendon, an 8-hour slow-roasted red wine boneless short rib, and sautéed sliced US beef in a bowl. For the price you’re paying, the portions are considered very generous. The beef is tender, juicy, and succulent – done just the way we like it!
Sumo Bar Happy is a great place to chill out after work with your friends and colleagues. The standard of the food is decent, and we enjoy the laidback vibe that the restaurant exudes. Don’t forget to let loose and knock a couple of sake back too! They taste better when paired with the side dishes.
Sumo Bar Happy
Address: #01-24, Waterloo Centre, 261 Waterloo Street, Singapore 180261
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm to 12am. Sun 12pm to 5pm.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the restaurant featured here.
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