London: Sushi Samba

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I’ve wanted to visit this Japanese -Brazilian – Peruvian fusion restaurant for ages but getting a table was always a task. Two months in advance and we landed a table at 5:15pm for my sister’s birthday on Friday May 8th 2015.

I read lots of reviews and was therefore slightly dubious…. But went with fresh eyes and the drive to enjoy one’s self.

Sushi Samba is in Heron Tower on Bishopsgate, couple of mins from Liverpool Street Station. It’s in the same block as the Duck and Waffle Restaurant. SushiSamba is located on the 38th floor.


Greeted by two guys outside by the door and directed into the lift… If you’re queasy about heights this lift is probably NOT going to be for you. It’s a glass lift showing off that stunning London skyline we have… It moves incredibly fast.. Before you know it the door opens and you step inside a corridor leading to the bar area.

A lady showed me the cloakroom and then over to the reservations desk. There’s a very lively bar here with an outdoor area which I can see in the summer would be lovely…

I was shown to our table and took in the unique surroundings and got familiar with the menu.


There are Aperitivos, Small plates, raw dishes, Robata’s, large plates and sushi. Choose wisely if you’re on a slight budget.  There is a £1000 Kobe beef steak on the menu and a £337 rib eye…

I started off with a Lychee Cooler, we were then advised about the food and that the emphasis was on sharing, so to order a selection… Also he asked us our dietary requirements ( finally my chance to share my hate for Coriander)


We started with …

Shrimp Tempura, salt and pepper squid, Yellowtail and Lobster tacquitos, Kuromitsu glazed Pork Belly, and Wagyu Gyoza and some sushi.


          For mains we went for

Large plates: Charrusco Rio Grande w/ plantain chips, Moqueca Mista, Fillet Steak and Robata’s: Black Cod & Lamb Chop with coconut rice.


            For Desserts we went for

chocolate banana cake with vanilla rum ice cream, maple butter  and plantain ( you know my love for plantain runs deep!) my sisters one was specially turned into a Happy Birthday Dish – which was well appreciated!


 Also Assorted Mochi… ( Japanese rice cake filled with ice cream with white choc sauce)


With Drinks etc, we paid about £90 each which was to be expected. The food was all very good and flavoursome. The staff were all really friendly and attentive with just a slight delay on one particular cocktail.

As we left the vibe in the bar and outside was much busier, we popped up the stairs just to take a photo of the view. I can see why this is the place to be and back in that lift!


    I’d definitely recommend this place, and although 5:15 is a bit early I didn’t feel pressured at all to rush our food which was great but of course I’d like to see the view at night.


    The last guy explained to us with groups of 7 or less it’s easier to squeeze you in but with more than this it can be harder to get a table as there are so few – so bare that in mind with big groups!

More info about sushi samba both in London and abroad here: www.sushisamba.com

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