I'm a little torn on my rating, because if it was just me, I would have given it 3 stars. However, my friends were raving about their food and asked me whether it was "4 or 5 yelp stars" (not sure it's a good thing that I'm now notorious for yelping?), so I'm going to give the place the benefit of the doubt that I just ordered poorly. Overall, it was an awesome place to visit once -- I just don't think I'd go back, except perhaps for drinks.
Atmosphere: Over-the-top, stunning, trendy. The views are great, the crowd is well-dressed, the orange tree outside is just plain cool. 4.75 stars. (It loses 0.25 stars on decidedly strange music choices).
Service: Besides the grumpy doorman, excellent. Surprisingly we were seated as soon as we arrived for our Sunday evening reservation. 4 stars.
Cocktails: Eh. Two of us ordered them, both of us were underwhelmed. Mine tasted like juice, hers was too strongly flavored with an odd mix of flavors. They were really pretty, but not worth the 12-13 quid. 2.5 stars; I'd try a different one to have an excuse to come back for the views.
Food: I had the calamari as a first course, and it was excellent. Delicious sauce and mixture of fresh onions and tomatoes as well. I was really, really excited for the second dish and dessert after this...unfortunately, neither of my other two dishes were at the same level. The foie gras sushi, while creative and quite "cute", had far too much rice compared to the other ingredients (plus, there were only 4 little pieces in the roll). The dessert was a stunning display of chocolate mousse, sorbet, and flourishes, but all the actual flavors were just average. However, my friends really enjoyed their sushi and dessert choices (including the ezo and the strawberry maki for sushi, as well as pretty much every dessert on the menu), so I'm guessing that I just was unlucky. (Or I'm just more critical!) So 3-4 stars on food, depending on who you ask.
Price: Bad, but you're paying as much for the view as anything else, and it wasn't unreasonable given that it's obviously an upmarket place. Two dishes + cocktail was 55 for me.
All-in-all, it's a scene that's definitely worth checking out at least once, but don't expect it to be the meal of the century.
Tip: We had to book several weeks in advance for a table for 5 on a Sunday night, so keep that in mind.
I really wasn't impressed with Sushi Samba, we walked in, were told we could only sit at the bar to wait for a table, (that this was full), then when we found this uncomfortable, to try the duck and waffle restaurant upstairs. They suggested we try the middle floor, who apparently had space, but sent us to the first floor as both floor restaurants were the same company, and we were then taken to the middle floor which was void of people!
The sushi was okay - We ordered the London and the São Paulo Samba rolls and edamame, but weren't that impressed or i personally didn't find anything outstanding about the meal.
It was overpriced and you only got a few pieces for each roll - at about £15-£16 a roll, I thought this was a bit of a rip off if I'm going to be honest. There are so many lovely sushi restaurants around London of far better quality and value.
I wouldn't mind if we were paying for the view, but the window was hazed up with moisture which gave London a very 'diffused' focus.
I did like the with love from Rio desert, but for £12 a pop, you're going to be expecting some nice flavours going on.
Not somewhere that I would try again. I wasn't keen on the atmosphere, price or food.
However on that note, the Heron tower itself is very much worth a visit, being one of my favourite places in London, although next time I'll stick to just having a cocktail at the bar or check out the duck and waffle!
I've been fighting with myself as to whether to write this or not, as we didn't actually get a chance to eat here, and have decided to just write a short review detailing our experience, making it clear that we did NOT eat or even drink here. I also want to make it clear that we would have loved to until we experienced the service.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by the rudest doorman I've ever met. I'm sure he isn't called a doorman and I'm sure that isn't his full job, but during the entire time we were here, that's what he was doing... opening the door and demanding to know what people were there for. I've never seen anything like it. We told him our reason for being there and he was just plain rude, telling us to wait to the side and he would call the manager to 'deal' with us. I'm sorry, what?
After about 15 minutes, during which we weren't given a single look, the manager came down and was a breath of fresh air after the icy reception we'd had so far. He's the only reason I'm giving this place anything at all. He escorted us upstairs and allowed us to take a picture of the view and was courteous, friendly and welcoming. The staff in the restaurant itself were also very polite and now we're considering making a reservation for my birthday in April (if we make one now, we just might get a table, that's how long the wait is).
It's just a shame that the first point of contact with this restaurant is so bad. A real shame. We'll have to see if the actual dining experience makes up for it another time.
Nice decor and nice to hangout, but not great for sushi.
This sushi samba is amazing! The one in South Beach, Miami, FL has a great location too but the London sushi samba is something else! The service is ten times better, the view breathtaking! The decor of the place is amazing! Everything flows super smoothly there. Great experience every time I go to London! BUT I had to knock one star off because your wasabi (just like the one in Miami) sucks. Simple like that. How can you mess up the wasabi? Feels like u add too much salt to it? Idk :/
Only came for cocktails. Amazing views of London. Crowded. Rich Hipster central. The cocktails are pretty overpriced for what they are, but I guess you're paying for the view.
I ordered a dirty martini and PAID for it only to be told ~5-10 minutes later that they had no olives or olive juice. Maybe I am wrong but I feel like a martini is a pretty standard cocktail for a cocktail bar.
Like I said, great views.
I am in looooove !!!!
the views.... the food...the cocktails!
I can't even describe this place!......
the prices :(
I'm so in love with this place I just need to get a better job so I can come here once a week! Right now its about once or twice a year I can come here. The restaurant has amazing views over all of London its at the top of a very tall sky scrapper. Book in advance as booking fills up weeks before hand. This place is a must try!
We came at around 8:30 on a Friday night for drinks, and luckily the queue to get in was only about 10 minutes. The view speaks for itself; London has surprisingly few options for sky bars, and this is a gem in the middle of the City. This venue is so different than the Sushi Samba I went to in New York; the chain has done well in picking a unique location and making it a trendy bar as well. The place is decorated as if it's straight out of the Great Gatsby, over the top with chandeliers and bright colours. We tried to order food but that's impossible unless you have a table; there's no option of ordering at the bar or anything like that. I ordered the Nina Fresa and we walked around to enjoy the views before leaving to get food somewhere else.
Spectacular view, great food. Second time here, I find the staff very attentive and quick.. No trace of slow or unfriendly service. I agree that the ambience and atmosphere is very elite.. Which is reflected in the price.
Still a very nice place - especially if you want to impress someone special ;)
There are 2 things (amongst many) that I adore in life: amazing views, and sushi. I must admit that my better half did a very good combo when booking a table at Sushi Samba for our anniversary - however reading the reviews here, I got a bit scared.
So yeah, it is in the higher price range (150£ for 2 based on 7 dishes, 2 wine glasses and 2 cocktails), and is definitely a hype place full of people speaking Russian with a bit of bling and shiny jewelry. But... we kind of expected that, right?
Globally, our experience at Sushi Samba was amazing, and the wow effect starts as soon as you shoot up to the 38th floor while having a view over the City. The decoration fits what it says on the tin: a weird mix between Asian and South American with an orange tang to it all. Service was what one could expect in these kind of restaurants - maybe a wee over serviced to my taste.
But the most important in all that is that... OMG THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!
Dishes are bold, exotic and a bit extravagant. The products are extremely fresh, tasty and set up with some surprising associations, such as sushi on a bed of pumpkin mousse, mozzarella with salmon on rolls. A bit on the small side, but that also encourages you to take the time and really enjoy the various flavours you get.
Desert on my end (cheesecake) was a bit of a disappointment compared to the main dishes, so just try something else - or just skip the desert and treat yourself to a sake :)
So in a nutshell - go there to impress, or for a culinary experience
- The setting - dinner on the 38th floor definitely has a wow effect
- The dishes. Just for the food itself. Sushi samba was worth the experience.
- The company, but that doesn't really count in a Yelp review
The less positives:
- I can't take a point down for the posh/snobby side - as that is what one would expect. However it lacked a bit of cosiness and felt a bit cold.
- The cocktails were a bit on the mean side for the price, and the desert was a bit bland even if it looked impressive.
I will definitely go back, and focus the budget on the main courses. And probably over the summer to have a closer look at the view :)
I wasn't majorly impressed with this place, so I'll keep it brief.
The wait time was ridiculous - we had a booking and showed up on time, but still had to wait a whole 45 minutes before being seated. This meant that I spent a lot more than I intended to, because I bought two of their overpriced cocktails before I'd even had a chance to look at the menu.
The food was good, but it was also very overpriced and the service bordered on awful. When we complained about a mixup that meant one of our party had eaten a dish intended for two people and we had to order an extra one, one of the managers actually laughed in our faces. Eventually we got the discount that we requested, but we were made to feel awkward and, considering we had spent a lot of money, it seemed petty to behave so rudely when we had made a perfectly reasonable request - the mistake was theirs, not ours.
Yes, the views are fantastic, but I'd rather go somewhere with a better vibe. I imagine that this place will ride the wave of hype for a while, but most people I know who have been there have been unimpressed by the rude staff and greedy management. The fusion food isn't particularly innovative, either.
My last visit to the 39th floor left me with one conclusion - come back on someone else's dime! Good cocktails, well-dressed peeps (esp my date and me obviously), and stunning views (seriously, the lift launches you up towards the skies and WOWser). But the drinks, and more so the sushi, were overpriced for the slow service and what we got.
I've waited for an excuse to go back, so jumped at a work drinks event here last week. This time we hit the 38th floor outdoor terrace to catch the fleeting British summer. It faces north-east-ish (so go for a wander to see the City skyline on the other side) but I had fun trying to spot my flat out towards the Olympic Stadium!
Got a taste of the high life on the VIP side of the velvet rope (eek) as our host was buying bottles, which entitles you to escape the rammed half of the bar and score some seats at the outdoor tables.
Disappointing then that despite buying a magnum of champagne as we were such a big group, they seemed to try some cheeky upselling, telling our host that they'd run out of the first 2 Laurent Perrier bottles on the list and as such she'd have to go for the third most expensive magnum for £30 more. Lo and behold, after ordering a couple more they mysteriously found some LP after all. Hmm...
She also got some bar food in with a haul of edamame bowls (can't really go wrong) and some samba rolls. These were a mega tasty twist on sushi that I hadn't had before - each piece carefully assembled with like ten different ingredients (think crab, salmon, prawn, wagyu, scallop, avocado and more, all in one). Only catch is for £12-16 per platter they each only had 6-8 rolls; now magic in your mouth or not, £2 per sushi piece felt kinda ridiculous.
Given I wasn't paying(!) we had a fun eve from pinky sunset until the orange tree sculpture at the centre of the bar lit up in fairy lights and they turned on the gas fires to keep it cosy (it's breezier than you think 38 floors up!).
Service still a little slow but can't resist the 4th star for how much I love that view and the lift ride up! I'll still wait for a special treat to go back - but now I also know to go for the rolls over the sashimi, and not to open the samba-music-playing website at work...
Was recommended by Yelpers Connie M. and Yee Gan O. and it was all hit - no miss!
First of all, you're in awe by the huge building that is the Herron Tower. A sexy glass elevator takes you 38 flights above to SushiSamba which is a restauraunt that served food influenced by the Japanese, Peruvian and Brazillian cultures. The three influences are reflected in everything from food, to cocktails and even the music.
The food is absolutely and beautifully well done! Everything is meant to be shared, but you'll find yourself reluctant to let your dinner mates share anything as the food is absolutely divine! Try it all and don't be shy - it's worth it!
The swanky decor just makes you feel so pretty. (It really does.) Go here to enjoy delicious cocktails upstairs, on the balcony or for dinner in the main room. Easily my new favourite in London!
*samba dances away*
I was trying to book online when I read that I need to book two months in advance to go eat at Sushi Samba!!! Any way I wanted a late lunch and was able to book a table for 3 pm on the same day!
Walking out of the lift, the same cold smile that you get at similar restaurants in London
We were offer to choose where we wanted to be seated and we chose the indoor space which was pretty empty. The waiters were attentive and friendly, tried to sway us from ordering too many plates but my sister and I were keen to try as many variations as possible
The food was good- pricy
The outdoor terrace is amazing - will go back again to spend time on the terrace
Sushisamba has breathtaking views of the London skyline but the visuals are not enough to excuse indifferent service and shockingly mediocre sushi at outrageous prices.
My wife and I arrived at Sushisamba but still had to wait an inexplicable fifteen minutes for a table while the dining room sat mostly empty.
The best views in the restaurant are from the bar where the top of the Gherkin Building is at eye level. This alone might justify a trip up to the restaurant, but stay in the bar and pay for a beer to absorb the sights.
When we finally got to our table, we ordered the large omakase for £55. Omakase is supposed to be a series of sushi pieces of the chef's selection designed to highlight the freshest fish available. Instead, we received what was basically a chirashi bowl of salmon, tuna, shrimp and other sashimi pieces so typical they could have been ordered off of the lunch menu of any sushi restaurant in any city for a quarter the price. Many of the pieces were bland and not fresh.
Despite the beautiful views, SushiSamba was a highly disappointing experience.
Sushi Samba is one of the coolest places in the city. It's rare for me to go somewhere and admire the high caliber of good-looking people in one place at the same time. Seriously... really good looking people. I can't even count the number of men (& women) I was checking out as I walked through the bar. This place is so cool... it's up on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower and you have a wonderful view of the city, smack dab right next to The Gherkin. It's trendy, the people are well-dressed, and the drinks are really good.
I went into Sushi Samba a few nights ago for dinner and I got a nice window seat (even though it was a kinda cloudy day... surprise surprise). The drinks Pablo something and Shiso Fine were fantastic. The Yellowtail taquitos were like little mini raw fish tacos. The Samba London and Sao Paulo rolls were pretty good. The Salmon Ceviche was alright. Don't get me wrong... if you're expecting authentic sushi, you've come to the wrong place. The fusion of Japanese with South American flair is what Sushi Samba is all about. The menu is creative and although it's not the most amazing fusion ever, they still deliver tasty combinations.
Come here for the view and the experience. The atmosphere of the restaurants at The Heron Tower is some of the best in the city.
SushiSamba is located at the top of the Heron Tower, which by the way is so high up, I see God.
In my opinion, the only part I loved most about SushiSamba was the lift up to the bar. It goes so fast and you get to see the whole view of the City. It gives you a great buzz and gave me great excitement to see the bar.
However, I have to say I was disappointed. Poor interior, poor service, painful prices.
I didn't try the sushi unfortunately, only a glass of Rosé. The terrace however, was very cute. It had a completely different atmosphere and the thought that you're standing outside on a very high building is a great feeling.
I'm sure if I tried the cocktails or the food, I'd have a more positive opinion but I have no plans of returning.
From the whole SushiSamba experience which my friends always raved about, I have to say the lift up to the bar was the only exciting part. And the lift down.
I love this place - so much that I've actually gone back multiple times. This is unusual for me given how many new places seem to open up each week and my desire to try out (and review!) each and every one of them. Yet there is something about SushiSamba that keeps calling me back. It's not the deliciously spiced Tonka Bean Old Fashioned that is served on fire, the perfectly balanced fusion of Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian food, or the overall classy yet welcoming atmosphere. The biggest draw is the view - one of the few places in London you can enjoy the entire city spread out below you without having to pay a small fortune.
The two storey bar is what first drew me to SushiSamba, or rather the three bars within that area. The top bar (39th floor) is pretty but has limited seating/standing space. However, it remains the best one if you want a cocktail. Beers and simple mixed drinks can be found at the bar on the 38th floor and champagne and wine seems to be the purview of the outside bar on the 38th. Since the Old Fashioned is my go to drink, I suggest ordering at the top bar, slowly walking down the staircase to enjoy the view out west, and then settling down near the fire outside to enjoy your drink.
Food-wise, there is a full mix of foods but all cleverly intertwined. The Samba London roll is chaos in rice and seaweed and contains no less than crab, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, prawn, scallop, wagyu, avocado, tempura crunch, wasabi mayo, aji panca, with a housemade soy reduction. Needless to say that's a helluva lot of stuff to cram into one roll but it's bloody fantastic. To be clear, it's actually 4 types of roll so it's not overwhelming and is a great pick to sample several different combinations for £15. The rest of the food we ordered (it all started to blur together - too many pre-lunch cocktails) but the absolute standout were the yellow tail taquitos. This dish was the epitome of Japanese/Peruvian fusion, and we almost didn't order it.
We were absolutely stuffed from the day long eating marathon (SushiSamba was stop 3 and we had dinner planned shortly after), and the taquitos failed to appeal from the description. Our waiter insisted that we try them and refused to bring us the bill until we had. So we conceded and damn if that wasn't the best life decision of the day. Tender minced yellow tail mixed with creamy avocado and lightly flavoured with lemon grass, aji panca (Peruvian red pepper), and lime piped into a crispy taquito shell. Great mix of crunchy and silky textures and flavours with the acid from the lime enhancing the sweetness of the yellow tail while keeping the rich avocado at bay. If you get nothing else but this, it will be a happy meal.
Overall, a great place to go for a bite and even better for a drink. Keep in mind that they tend to start a dress code in the evenings so make sure you are dressed a bit nice (think more West End than Shoreditch) and definitely book if you fancy a meal. It's a bit pricey, but when you consider that you aren't paying £25 to get above the city, it's really not that bad.
Honestly sushi in london has been average at best. This place is extremely overpriced for what you get. It was about 90GBP for two people and we weren't even full. It is one of those overhyped and overpriced places that happen to be all the rage for no good reason.
i have to admit the cocktails looked pretty good but we had wine. i would be willing to come try the cocktails only. the food is totally nothing to write home about.
Wow fantastic views
Good drinks not my favorite ones of this trip but still good
Overall pretty good! Would come back again for sure.
YELLOWTAIL TAQUITOS- pretty good! didn tliek the avocado as much but still pretty good
ROCK SHRIMP TEMPURA - pretty good and i liked it more and more after continuing to eat
SALON NIKKEI SEVICHE- my dining partner and new husband's favorite dish! i have to admit the addition of celery into it was AMAZINGGGGG. i love it and i dont even like celery that much!
CHILEAN SEABASS ANTICUCHOS- this was my favorite. a little on the too sweet side, but i liked it. the corn was weird though.
WAGYU TE AMO ROLL- nvm i change my mind, this one is my favorite one. it was sooo good and the quail egg on top is just so cute. :)
the servers here are also very very nice!
Great views. Make reservations in advance. Nice place for a date on a summer evening.
Honestly had THE best evening with friends last night at SushiSamba. Yes the views are great and the decor lovely but we jut loved the food and had really great service too. Two favourite dishes were Rock Shrimp Tempura and Kuromitso Pork Belly Wraps, amazing. And, as it was my birthday I had a complimentary dessert.
We went all out, so it cost a pretty penny but happy to part with the cash if you have such a memorable time.
Had a drink and a snack here. The views are amazing, well worth a look.
Cocktails are pretty good, but expensive. Good service. However £22 for six small pieces of eel is just too much.
Go and have a look at the view
I booked a table for dinner for my posse to celebrate anyone with a birthday in Oct. Be advised that SusiSamba London books up fast and well in advance, so don't think about rocking up unannounced.
The rocket speed, near 360 elevator gets you up to SushiSamba in style - check out the views as you go whizzing up which get you all excited for the beautifully decorated and spacious space of the SushiSamba bar.
We had various items from the menu, all of which got big chopsticks up! My favs were the Wagyu Gyoza and Rock Tempura Shrimp. The Tonk Bean Cocktail is sneakily lethal but oh, so delicious. The service was good and the wait staff helpful.
Be sure to make a booking and visit the outside patio (if it's warm enough). This place is tops on my London list.
I love this place I have been to every Sushi Samba location. I was actually surprised because the one in London has the most beautiful atmosphere of all. The view is AMAZING and the decor as well. I had read a few bad reviews for the service but when I was there even though it was a busy night service was great. We asked to change tables and at the moment they had a reservation on that table but as soon that they realized the table was not showing up anymore they moved us. The food is still a little less good that in the Vegas but almost perfect. Great place for a date!
I don't get home sick very often but it does help that there are so many restaurants that I adore in NY starting to pop up in London. There are a couple of Sushi Sambas in NY but in comparison - the London location is absolutely stunning. Its one of those places where you start to feel a little sexier just being in the place. One of my friends worked on the landscape - so that gorgeous orange tree out in the bar is her work of art. I was only there for drinks the other night but I'd definitely like to come back for dinner soon.
Beautiful location and amazing views of all of London with trendy decor and good food.
We did have a ridiculous wait for dinner but stuck through it and made it in finally. We ordered edamame to start and followed with the robata steak and aubergine. We also had the El Toro roll which was okay but a little heavy for my taste. There were a couple other dishes I'm missing but I'd love to go back for drinks again.
Sushi Samba is pretty good. You go there for the view as well as the food.
They have a cocktail bar which is pretty good, a club section which is only really open at weekends, a sushi bar where you can grab a quick bite to eat, a restaurant area where you can have a fancy meal with an excellent view over London (which has outside seating with a view), as well as another outdoor area which is (I think) unique in London, being so high up. It's a shame you can't see as much from it.
The sushi is quite pricey and quite good, but the place is let down by the poor level of service and lack of chilli sauce. The only one they have tastes ok but is massively oil based so you can't have too much of it.
I much prefer Duck & Waffle upstairs, but they are different kinds of food and you won't fail to impress anyone by taking them here (unless they are afraid of heights)!
Exciting news...Sushisamba, the great Latin Japanase fusion restaurant from NYC has arrived in London. Taking over the top floors of Heron Tower, expect to be wowed by great panoramic views of London....it's possible to even see the well-lit Olympic Stadium and the adjacent red monstrosity that is the Olympic Orbit from the expansive walls of glass. The space itself is stunning...be sure to check out the roof-terrace bar, complete with fire pits and an amazing central bar wrapped around a gold coloured tree (see pic). The dining room has soaring ceilings, hundreds of drop down unique lights, and a great overall buzz. Sushisamba is definitley a see and be seen venue.
As for the food, it did not disappoint. We ordered the trio of sashimi tiradito... basically marinated sashimi...the salmon in a ponzu sauce was fantastic. Other standouts were the wagyu gyoza and black miso cod. I also enjoyed the big-eye tuna roll. The only item that disappointed was the El topo roll...but mozzarella on fish...not sure what my friend was thinking when he ordered that. Prices are as high as the elevation of the restaurant, but not outlandish for the food.
Based on looks alone, Sushisamba is worthy of 5 stars. However, truly dreadful service knocks it down not one but two stars. The team clearly has a lot of kinks to work out...the staff is not ready for prime-time and really left us disappointed. First, whilst at the bar, I saw two separate instances where the bar staff was pushy and up-selling customers to buy bottles of wine instead of glasses. Although not super busy (it was a Monday night), it took a while to be served. When we were seated at the table, we were asked not once but twice asked to move tables.... because they screwed up and needed to push tables together to accomodate a larger table. They also asked another table to move after we refused to move a second time.... restauranteur rule one...don't ask people to relocate after you seat them!
The sake sommelier was also very pushy/annoying (and not so informed about sakes) clearly directing us to the most expensive bottles. She needs training in professionalism and more knowledge about sake. The waiter was also a bit unprofessional at times and made weird jokes where it was unclear if he was being rude or funny. Lastly, while we were warned that the food comes out as it is made, the waiter brought out 8 of our 10 dishes all at once and all within the first 10 minutes...which was just silly to be honest and probably should have been better spaced...ie give people a bit of time to enjoy their edamame before bringing out the mains. The waiter should have seen there was no room on the table before continuing to rapidly bring out dishes.
Despite the dreadful service, I'm willing to give sushisamba another chance...the space is killer, and if they can work out their opening issues and up-level the service to an acceptable level, this could easily be one of the top asian fusion spots in London, but for now it is a mediocre 3 stars.
Epic views, epic outdoor terrace, and epic price tag to match. Worth the splurge, however!
Went at lunch just for drinks, and there was plenty of space and instant service - imagine it would get busy towards the evening however.
Nice fire in a pit on the terrace to keep the chill of the stratosphere at bay, and you really do feel like you're in the clouds. Really recommend for a fantastic bar that can't be matched by many.
Will certainly be back!
I will be honest, I thought it was going to be completely rubbish but I was blown away. I had a great evening, the staff were lovely and the food was outstanding.
From a food snob who usually picks holes, highly recommend!
Situated high above the hustle and bustle of London's financial district, SushiSamba is an Asian-fusion restaurant specializing in Japanese cuisine with a South American twist. When I heard that this ultra trendy U.S. micro-chain had opened up a branch in London, I knew that I had to check it out. SushiSamba's menu boasts an eclectic fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian fare, so you can expect to see everything from sushi and ceviche to taquitos and tataki on the menu. Unique and interesting yes, but I'm a California Girl and I take my sushi very seriously. I come from a city where Sushi restaurants are as commonplace as pubs are in London or Gelaterias are in Rome. Would SS live up to my expectations?! I wasn't entirely sure at first, but if the crowds were lining up as eagerly as I had been told, I knew that it was doing something right. And I'm happy to report that after an evening's worth of incredible food and wine there was nothing left to doubt....SushiSamba is excellent!
The restaurant occupies that 38th & 39th floors of London's Heron Tower; one of the tallest buildings in the city, so if the food isn't enough to get you excited the astonishing near 360 degree views certainly will. The food is on the pricey-side, so I'd definitely coin this as a "special occasion" restaurant, but the quality and presentation certainly make every morsel worth it. I dined on Salted Edemame with fresh lime (a nice South American twist on the Japanese classic), a lipsmackingly delicious plate of Rock Shrimp Tempura with black truffle vinaigrette & spicy mayo, and a Samba London Roll; a tantalizing surf & turf concoction of crab, tuna, scallops, yellowtail, salmon, prawn and Waygu beef mixed with avocado, mayo and a soy reduction. I literally could have written an article on this dish alone. It was bright, colorful, creative and jam packed with texture and flavor. But I wasn't done there. I also tried 3 kinds of Sashimi Omakazi (chef's choice). Nine melt-in-your-mouth slabs of salmon, tuna and turbot served over a bed of crunchy daikon and crushed ice. To drink, the house Sommelier suggested a dry, well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc which paired perfectly with my meal. The wine's crisp qualities cut through the fattiness of the fish while its smooth mineral finish complimented the food's clean taste. And then on to dessert.. oh yeah! I gorged on a gooey Chocolate Banana Cake and Mochi ice cream paired with a delicious glass of Els Pyreneus, Maury Grenat dessert wine from Roussillon. My mouth is still having wet dreams thinking about that cake!
Now for the uncomfortable truth....the bill staggered around the 100 pound mark. But if i'm honest, considering the quality of the menu, the impeccable service and the amazing surroundings, it was definitely worth it...just maybe not every week!
I want to rate this place higher, and higher, and higher, and higher, but the views from the 38th floor of the Heron tower are just not enough to save this restaurant as an absolute top sushi joint for me. I much prefer the "small things come in big packages" approach (meaning, find a neighbourhood sushi joint that will knock your trowsers off).
The outside bar is way cool - with a huge orange steel tree in the centre. Plan ahead or you'll never get a seat. Of the few cocktails on the menu, one of them is a mojito - so they lose points for creativity in my opinion. For a fusion restaurant combining two of the world most eclectic cuisines (Japanese and South American) I would have expected more creative margaritas, caipirinhas, sake-based cocktails, etc. If you do go, try the "shiso-fine". Best cocktail on the list.
Once inside, the food is inconsistently decent.
Round One: The Yellowtail Taquitos and the Rock Shrimp Tempura are amazing!
Round Two: The Pork Belly wraps are good as well but they are gone before you realise what you have on your plate. Be careful to ask about portion sizes. Many items only come with x2 or x4 per plate so if your a group of three(3), which we were, the servers don't exactly go out of their way to inform you.
Round Three: The sushi rolls. They are decent - but don't expect bang-up-amazing-melt-in-your-mouth cuts of fish. Stay clear of the El Topo roll, unless your going to eat it up quickly. Once the mozzarella sits for two long it becomes more like dried-up toothpaste. Not cool.
I have to say that the sushi/sashimi was pretty good.
Would I go again? Yes, but at about 60.00-80.00 per person it's not really worth it for dinner. The views are stunning but you can get better consistent quality sushi elsewhere. If you want to impress someone, or plan a daytime date, pick a clear day and do lunch. You might catch me there.
Wow. Except for the view, this place has done it all wrong. Food is mediocre, decor schizophrenic, and staff not always helpful. Avoid dinner and just go to the bar to check out the view.
Hmm..where to start.
The venue is really cool, high up above London (I think I could see my house!), and subsequently the views are pretty amazing.
With great views come great prices (great = high) which is to be expected (3 short cocktails = £45) and therefore with great prices come loads of Banker types (me included) and lots of well dressed women, which is never a bad thing, so points for that no doubt.
The cocktails were pretty good, a right amount of kick, and mixture of flavours.
Now there is a proper restaurant attached to this bar, and I assume the food is the same as the sushi a few friends and I had in this place, but the sashimi we had was not good. Perhaps it was end of service, perhaps it was because we went a few weeks after it had opened, but paying ~£30 for 9 pieces of sashimi, I would have thought that it would have tasted a better than what I thought was a bit cardboardy which was pretty disappointing to say the least.
I would go back there for a Client/work event and gladly try the food again, or to take my better half for a panoramic cocktail, but aside from that, I probably wouldnt.
Great views, atmosphere, staff and tasty/funky sushi nibbles... Really enjoyed it... But my God, it ain't cheap! And on the way home felt like picking up a McD's to top up my gut. Will I go again? Sure. The views, staff and atmosphere make it worth doing for very special occasions.
After getting over the initial shock of being transported 38 floors in a see through lift. I really enjoyed eating here...service was great and food was delicious.highly recommend the fish tacos. The view isn't too bad either
We wanted to check out SushiSamba for our blog, UrbanVistas, so of course we had to try out the food while we were there.
The lift up to the 39th floor is a thrill ride in to itself, but luckily didn't have my stomach too aflutter as to ruin my appetite.
The restaurant décor is uncomplicated (why taint the view with unnecessary decoration?). The staff were welcoming and we never once felt out of place for wearing jeans or wandering around to take in the view. We didn't feel quite brave enough to sit on the outside 'mezzanine', but we did manage to bag the best seat in the place a quiet table for two looking out east/north-east/west, which gave us amazing views of the Olympic Park, and our home icon of Alexandra Palace.
Although the fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian sounds like a strange marriage, the food is exquisite. That obviously comes at a price, but then you are paying for the view as well as the food. Our pick of the dishes would have to include the pork belly wraps and the showy but fantastic Yuzu Meringue 'Tart', which was worth the wait to get it to our table.
Great views. Beautiful dining room. Miso sea bass is excellent. Quality of sashimi is very good. Specify rolls just ok. Calamari starter was too sweet. Quite pretentious. Worth checking out and under right circumstances a return visit.
Dreadful experience. After a friend and I trekked halfway across London to try this place we found the entrance guarded by two burly bouncers, one of whom bluntly stated we wouldn't be allowed in wearing regular shoes, smart dress only. I couldn't even reply, I was speechless!
Without a word we left and hopped into a Taxi, the taxi driver explained he'd been before and wasn't impressed with the food so we were happy to miss it in the end.
Instead we went to Ping Pong, not far away. We were met with incredibly friendly, down to earth staff and promptly served some great food! Highly recommended indeed.
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