Suminoya means charcoal house in Japanese however I’m told by the restaurant that regulations now means cooking with charcoal is no longer allowed.
I couldn’t stay for lunch but the Suminoya team packed bento boxes of my choice for takeaway.
150g beef fillet steak, seasonal vegetables with original BBQ sauce
fresh fish sashimi, tuna, salmon and scallops
today’s side dish
rice miso soup
Choice of main meal, today’s side dish, salad, rice, today’s special, miso soup
ponzu sauce with grated radish
The bentos contained a good variety of vegetables and the sashimi was fresh. The proteins however didn’t fare so well. My pork tonkatsu was too dry and flavourless, although it’s crumbed coating was great, remaining crunchy even after a twenty minute journey. The beef fillet steak also suffered from dryness and was a touch overcooked resulting in tough meat.
I’ve actually been to Suminoya for their all you can eat BBQ dinner and the meat was divine. So I don’t actually know whether the dryness of the meat was because I travelled with it or if it was overcooked in the first place. I would ask for another one, citing the issues, like with most establishments they’re likely to remedy any problems you have.
MsBrulee dined as guests of Suminoya. Opinions however are my own.