Oftentimes when someone uses the word fusion while speaking about a restaurant or culinary style, diners can rest assured that the chefs prepare innovative dishes in of the kitchen on a regular basis. At SumoMaya, the highlighted flavors include the combination of myriad styles from all over Latin America and the equally diverse offerings from the Asian continent. Moreover, not only does SumoMaya offer dishes you do not see on everyday menus, the weekend bottomless brunch is simply one of the best in the entire Valley of the Sun!
Guacamole & Bites at SumoMaya
At every restaurant, there is one dish that is always comes highly recommended, and at SumoMaya in Scottsdale, this item is the guacamole. Here, you can find a traditional one made with queso fresco; however, the different versions such as Pomegranate, Calabacitas (sautéed squash), Seaweed, and King Crab are where the kitchen truly excels. For example, the King Crab Guacamole comes with butter-poached crab and a mango salsa that foretells of the delicate mélange of flavors still to come with the entrees, ceviche, and sushi rolls. Moreover, the selection of small bites includes simple items in which the ingredients shine all by themselves. The Crispy Rock Shrimp features wasabi peas and a jalapeno Escabeche (acidic marinade), while the Wagyu Hot Stone presents sashimi-style cuts served simply alongside sea salt and a dipping sauce or two.
Sushi, Tiradito & Ceviche
In keeping with the Asia-themed side of the menu, the sushi prepared behind the bar features classic rolls such as the spicy tuna, yellowtail, and unagi (eel), but it also has more exotic sumo rolls. For example, the Rollo Chingón presents adobo-grilled shrimp, chipotle aioli, and jalapeno, while the Foie Gras and Eel roll combines red wine raisins and sweet soy with a marvelous effect. From the kitchens of Peru, the Tiradito is a dish that prepares a sashimi-style seafood drenched in a spicy broth. It is similar to ceviche, but this one adds the sauce right before eating, as opposed to a cooking method used in ceviche.
Rice, Noodles, Tacos, Land & Sea
If you have not completely sated your appetite with the amount of delectable starter options, then you will definitely love the rest of the menu at SumoMaya. Choose from a wide variety of tacos such as the Korean-Beef, Cochinita Pibil, Mahi-Mahi, etc., as well as dishes from the wok. The kitchen excels in the combination of Asian-Latin flavors here with Kimchee Fried Rice, Arroz Verde, Seafood Rice Mariscada, Al Pastor Pad Thai, and much more. The Land and Sea entrees include dishes such as Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Achiote Chicken, Salmon Teriyaki and an exemplary Surf & Turf Sampler.