SumoMaya Fuses Latin and Far East Flavors

by Mike Hunter

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A classic at this point by German Osio, creator of Central Bistro and Local Bistro among others, is SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen located at Scottsdale and Lincoln roads. This spectacular hot spot is nestled in a contemporary sanctuary where Asian concepts and Latin flare come together to tempt even the most discriminating palate.

The lunch menu is an array of dishes that seem to span the world, from guacamoles and ceviches to sushi and wok-inspired favorites. The Crab & Shrimp Tortilla Pho is amazing and is made with rice noodles, bijol, Thai basil, crispy wakame, bean sprouts, cilantro, rajas, crispy tortillas and lime.

From the wok is the Vietnamese-style “Shaking Beef,” made with filet mignon, upland cress, dark soy, scallions, mirin and serrano chili-lime sauce. The Rock Shrimp Tempura is still a favorite and is “Golden & Crispy” (a section of the menu), made with spicy mayo, snow peas and summer peas in a black truffle vinaigrette that is reminiscent of an ancient Asian kitchen dish with its fresh flavors and crispy crunch. Trying the Sesame Ginger Chicken Taco will hook any foodie to come back for more. This taco is made with fresh seasoned chicken, guacamole, aji Amarillo and chili coleslaw. Light, fresh and bold flavors are making this a taco-lovers paradise, with several other taco combinations that truly demonstrate the success of infusing Asian and Latin flavors.

The décor is something to see. The bright, Mexican-inspired colors come together with Asian open and calming attitude, making this a unique and pleasant spot to eat and relax in; it is the culmination of imagination by local star designer Jeff Low. Open atmosphere, grass-lined walls and a patio that creates almost a Zen garden appeal bring contemporary Asian/Latin American hip to this dining destination.

SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen
6560 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 397-9520

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