Sumo seems to be a popular name for Sushi places. I found that the Sumo in Camarillo and the Sumo in Ventura are completely separate joints. Which pretty much means there is a good Sumo and a bad Sumo. Unfortunately for Camarillo they have the bad Sumo.
Sumo Sushi Camarillo Carmen/Daily
I’m going to keep this fairly short. As I explained before, sushi is subjective. Everyone likes different things. I’m just going to go over the basics.
My boy and hit Sumo Sushi on our way to play some righteous laser tag. I hate the food they have at gimmicky places like Chuck e Sleeze, Lazerstar, or any other entertainment type place that tries to sell you their crappy food. I’ve never been to a place, beyond say Disneyland, where I can actually have a meal that I won’t have to evacuate an hour later.
Sumo Sushi again hits all the decorating points these places hit. A bit of Ancient Japan, mixed with pop culture Japan. Everyone is very friendly and yells “Hoboshaveice!”, when you walk in the door. I’m not quite sure what they’re yelling so anyone feel free to educate me.
We sat at the sushi bar, where my son ate all the edamame while I ordered for us. I managed to get a half of one. I ordered sashimi tuna and salmon, a crazy roll, tempura shrimp roll for the monkey, and then some various shrimp and crab rolls. I also had the chef at the bar give me a couple of his best so I have no idea what they are called.
First off, the tuna was awful, by itself and in a roll. It was gritty and left a film. I kinda wanted to spit it out. I’m guessin they fish at the tuna meth rehab house and get all the strung out tuna. The salmon was better; it had a great mellow flavor and almost melted in the mouth. The shrimp and crab were fine, nothing to get excited about, but nothing too memorable about them either.
The tempura roll was good, the tempura was crisp, the shrimp had a great flavor and the eel was mellow with a great consistency. My one major complaint would be the rice. It was way too over-cooked.
My favorite item of the night was the crazy roll. Great flavors, wonderful sauces and it was sweet and spicy at the same time. My son didn’t care for it all that much, but he doesn’t like that kind of spice.
This Sumo for the most part is not to hot, I’d go to the one in Ventura way before this one. The fish, for the most part, was tolerable. (minus the tuna) Maybe wait a couple weeks for them to get the tuna that’s not on its death bed waiting to be rolled into some fat guy’s dinner.