Did it live up to the hype?
No it did not. It exceeded the hype! I'd been dying to go to Sushi Samba ever since I sampled some of their dishes at the Taste of London event a year or so back however the opportunity had never arisen. For those of you who know don't Sushi Samba is a blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines situated in Heron Tower on the 38th floor with the most stunning view of London. Therefore, understandably it's near impossible to get a table, especially for a large party. The booking was a very generous graduation gift from my parents which we had to make 2 months in advance. So when the date finally arrived you can imagine my disappointment when I was struck down with the flu. But nevertheless, sushi was calling and I wasn't about to forgo the booking we'd made so far in advance.
The setting is beautiful, high bamboo ceilings, buzzing atmosphere, even hopping in the lift was an experience. It was a fraction too dark for my liking, hence having to use the horrible flash on my camera but I suppose this added to the overall atmosphere. Our waitress was everything you'd want in a waitress, and went out of her way to help us with queries about the menu and cocktails. Impeccable service.
Sushi Samba is pricey. I'm not going to lie, it's expensive. However, the exquisite food combined with the crystal clear view of London almost justify the cost. It's an experience more than a meal. It's said we 'eat with our eyes' first, and Sushi Samba caters to this idea in a refreshing fashion. Sushi Samba gets a 9/10 for presentation alone. Our lovely waitress advised us to order one or two dishes per section of the menu for the table. We ordered crispy lobster taquitos, Kuromitsu glazed pork belly, foie gras and salmon seviche, chicken teriyaki, wagyu gyoza, vegetable maki, California maki, Churrasco Rio Grande which consisted of ribeye, chorizo and aged picanha and finally some Kobe beef sliders.
The best thing was as there were 5 of us, our waitress would add an extra maki for example, so we could all try a bit of each dish. My personal favourite dish of the evening was the crispy lobster taquitos with a good squeeze of lime. However they were all outstanding. I would return in a heartbeat if my bank balance allowed me.
Queue: There was a huge queue outside as you can go to the bar for drinks and nibbles but we waltzed to the front of the queue like royalty as we had a reservation (remember 2 months in advance!)
Price: Expensive. But so so so worth it. Just don't accidentally order the £1000.00 Kobe beef Ishiyaki.
Ambience: The most amazing view of London, with wicked salsa-style covers of modern songs and the friendliest staff.
Have you ever been to Sushi Samba or do you know of somewhere similar I should try?
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.