The other day, I went to check out Sushisamba. Located close to Liverpool Street station in a pretty nice area of central London, the restaurant sits on the 38th floor of Heron Tower and spectacularly overlooks the city.
It’s so high you can look down on the Gherkin once you get to the top, after a pretty exciting ride in a high-speed, glass door lift. If you plan on booking, make sure you specifically ask for a window-side view because it gets crowded.
The all-day menu offers an intriguing and vast blend of traditional Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisine. It seems an unlikely partnership, but it works nicely. We agreed to mainly go down the Asian path, perhaps the unsubtle expression of my post-Thailand nostalgia.
The food was absolutely delicious, assembling high quality fresh ingredients into tactful flavours. I was a bit concerned about portion sizes – fancy restaurant syndrome and all that – but we all got stacked in the end.
The dishes which include sashimi, nigiri sushi, fish and meat dishes are quite small. That being said, this is definitely a place to share plates rather than order individually. It made it much more fun, and there was genuinely nothing I didn’t enjoy.
I would recommend ordering 2 small dishes each, 3 if you’re hungry. We got 3 plus dessert, which means each of us tried 12 courses – good deal. Dishes I would particularly recommend include the Samba London rolls, the chicken dish and the chocolate dessert. The sushi were great, too. You can check out the full menu here. Drinks were good, and included both standard classic cocktails, as well as a range of quirkier Asian drinks.
You should definitely check out Sushisamba. While not on the cheap side, it serves amazing food in a great surrounding. If you’re big on Asian food, it’s a great spot for a special occasion or treat. Oh, and you might barge into the odd Z-list celebrity too. If you do, please be less embarrassing than my friend.
Sushisamba is located at Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY. Opening hours: 11.30am-1.30am Sun-Tue and 11.30am-2am Wed-Sat.