Sushi Samba Restaurant Review, London

Yes! Another double date, and this time it’s at a restaurant we have all been meaning to go for a while so after finding a suitable date and availability (thanks Toptable!)We arrived at Sushi Samba in the Heron Tower, just a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station.

Sushi Samba
Sushi Samba

On arrival you take a glass elevator to the 38th floor of the Heron Tower, just a slight warning the elevator is pretty fast, but once you reach floor 38 you head straight into the bar with the view of the city, the deco is vibrant, lots of chandeliers, a big lighted tree on the roof top was which looked fab. The restaurant itself doesn’t seat many covers, which is why you will have to make a reservation in advance.

Sushi Samba Bar
Sushi Samba Bar
Sushi Samba Chandeliers
Sushi Samba Chandeliers
Sushi Samba Outdoor Tree
Sushi Samba Outdoor Tree
View from Sushi Samba
View from Sushi Samba

As it was a lovely sunny day the rooftop bar was open, but very busy. We checked into the restaurant but had a few cocktails at the bar to start off with. Having heard that Sushi Samba brings Japan, Brazil and Peru together were intrigues to see what the menu had to offer. We headed to our table and had a dedicated waiter for the evening that went through the menu and made recommendations.

Sushi Samba Cocktails
Sushi Samba Cocktails
Sushi Samba Restaurant
Sushi Samba Restaurant

To start off: Padris Pepper’s these are grilled spicy peppers with salt and lemon and Green Bean Tempura with black truffle aioli, nothing special here but tasted good.

Padron Pepper
Padron Pepper
Green Bean Tempura
Green Bean Tempura

We then opted for Yuzu Scallops with asparagus, chorizo and volcanic salt and some Lamb Chops which were served with red miso and lime. These lamp chops were divine and melted off from the bone, one of the best I have tasted…yum yum!

Yuzu Scallops
Yuzu Scallops

The Market Vegetable Tempura arrived, these was lovely, but the next dish which were the Black cod Aniticuchos, served with Peruvian corn was lush, the black cod just melted in the mouth  and the Peruvian corn was lush, these small pieces of sweet corn had so much flavour that a dish on its own would be a nice welcome.

Market Vegetable Tempura
Market Vegetable Tempura
Anticuchos-Black Cod
Anticuchos-Black Cod

We also had a selection of the Raw Sahimi, even though I’m not a huge fan of raw fish, I tried and tested all three varieties and I must say I was impressed with the favours, definitely something I would try again. And lastly one of the best dishes of the night was the Yellow-tail Crispy Taquitos, these had so much flavour.

Sashimi Seviche
Sashimi Seviche
Crispy Yellowtail Taquitos
Crispy Yellowtail Taquitos

Even though the dishes are small plates, we were just about satisfied but did have room to try some desserts, which included the Passion Fruit Cake served with green tea and white chocolate ganache, raspberry sorbet, coconut tuile and passion fruit, one word WOW! The combinations and the favours were awesome, this was definitely a winner compared to the other dessert which was With Love from Rio a Brazilian dark chocolate ganachem coffee mousse, tonka bean ice-cream and caramelised macadamia.

Passion Fruit Cake
Passion Fruit Cake
With Love from Rio
With Love from Rio

Overall the meal at Sushi Samba was enjoyable, the atmosphere, deco and service was fab, but we all felt that the place was over hyped, it’s a nice welcome in the UK, but is lacking some substance which I can’t detect. Although the prices are steep I would recommend Sushi Samba for special occasions or as a one off. Either way we all had a fab evening and are looking forward to next few double dates together.

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