MADRID, SPAIN. Spain is known worldwide for its cuisine. Tapas bars and paella can be seen in many different countries around the world. Similarly, Spain itself has witnessed an increasing number of immigrants from almost every part of the world. The influence of different cultures has had a tremendous effect on the restaurant scene in Madrid.

One of the major immigrant groups in Madrid come from Asia. Asia has brought a new culinary influence to the madrileño food scene. On March 7, 2014, I attended a very nice sushi restaurant near the Bilbao metro stop. Sumo is a sushi buffet and restaurant. The restaurant serves sushi, warm foods, noodles, soups, salads and even deserts.

The restaurant offers over 120 different food options. The buffet works in an incredibly effective way. There are three rounds of meals. Each round each person gets to choose 6 out of the 120 dishes. After the 6 dishes are eaten, the second round begins. Again, each person can order up to 6 dishes. By the end of the 3rd round each person has the option of having 18 different plates.

The portions are a generous amount and the food is fresh and tasty. There are a variety of different flavours: sweet, salty, and savoury. The buffet cost 15,95 Euros on Friday and Sunday nights, but the price varies depending on the day and time of the week. This cost does not include drinks or desert.

The only thing to remember is to order only how much you can eat. The restaurant charges 2 Euros for every plate you order and don’t eat.

Sumo Restaurante

c/Fuencarral 116 – Madrid

Metro Bilbao, line 4