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Family-Run Japanese Restaurant Opens On San Pablo

Sumo Sushi, located across from City Hall and the Albany Police Department, opened to the public last Friday, and serves a variety of traditional Japanese dishes.

Sushi-lovers, take note: a new Japanese restaurant has opened in Albany.

Sumo Sushi, which opened last Friday, is a family-owned business located at 977 San Pablo Ave., across the street from City Hall and the Albany Police Department.

Temuujin Dashlkhagva, the sushi chef, said he and his family—who immigrated from Mongolia eight years ago—are focused on serving the freshest possible fish.

Dashlkhagva began working as a sushi chef after coming to the United States, and he said he's worked in several restaurants in the Bay Area.

At the moment, Sumo Sushi's menu includes a wide variety of sushi and sashimi, along with many other Japanese dishes, but Dashlkhagva said he's still developing the menu.

His sister, Odontuya Orosnov, works as a server and hostess for the restaurant. She said she and her family have been working at a number of separate restaurants since they came to the United States.

"We just thought it was time to have our own," she said. "It was hard opening our own restaurant, but we’re getting used to it."

After searching for a viable location for almost three years, Orosnov said they found the current spot—'s former location—and after about two months of preparation they opened their doors.

Since opening last Friday, Orosnov said business has been slowly improving, but she and her family have yet to start lots of advertising.

Despite the small staff of about five and the long hours, brother and sister said they are confident in Sumo Sushi.

"Instead of working under someone else, we’re working for family," Dashlkhagva said. "We think we can make it happen."

Sumo Sushi is open everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and serves a variety of bento boxes that cost less than $10. 

Have you tried Sumo Sushi? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

If there's something in this article you think , or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at albany@patch.com.

Maureen August 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Wonderful. Thank you, Patch, for letting me know. Not sure I would have spotted them, and I love sushi.
Emilie Raguso August 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I've eaten there once and really enjoyed it. Great value and the fish seemed very fresh.
Peter Goodman August 04, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Went there last night (Friday). Very fresh and flavorful. Owner came over to chat and talk about his absolute commitment to freshness. There's a small sushi bar, and a pretty big space to fill with lots of tables. Hope Albany will support businesses like this!
John Kindle September 02, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The best sushi I've had. I will be back.

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