Sushisamba, Bishopsgate

  • DATE #64
  • Written by Harriet Chamberlain (Guest Author)
  • 7 years ago
Sushisamba London
The new kid in the tower block

The Vibe

Sushisamba is situated on the rooftop of the Heron Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the City, and offers jaw dropping views across London. From the moment you step into the restaurant (following a lightning speed ascent in a glass lift), you’ll be confronted with loud Latin music, blinding citrus decor and crowds of glamazons. The restaurant consists of one observatory-like dining room flanked by an outdoor bar and dining terrace for the four days a year when London is warm. There is also a rooftop bar upstairs which offers equally good views and is slightly more spacious. Aside from the clashing of South American and Japanese elements, the restaurant has a slight American feel to it (perhaps it’s the glamour of New York mixed with the infectious vulgarity of Vegas), which intensifies the international feel of the place.

The Order

The food is a blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine (think Nobu at a marginally friendlier price point). In order to make the most out of your experience you should order a little bit of everything and share. The wagyu gyoza (dumplings) are to die for, despite being everything gyoza shouldn’t be (doughy and filled with beef). The coconut rice is both sweet and savoury, the flank steak is charred to perfection, and the lemony yellowtail sashami tiradito will melt in your mouth. The short cocktail list contains the usual suspects (mojitos) along with some wonderfully jumbled alternatives containing things like tonka beans and shisho leaves.

The Game

This is the perfect first date restaurant. Make a reservation but be sure to arrive 20 minutes early for a drink on one of their two roof terraces (if you can, try to arrive in time for sunset). Waste time drinking and shamelessly instagramming the viewbefore moving inside to start your meal. Don’t worry about what to say to each other because the novelty of the whole experience will help keep conversation alive. Don’t go anywhere else after Sushisamba because nothing back down amongst the earthlings will be able to compete.

The Faults

This isn’t a restaurant for intimacy, thanks to the rather communal dining room, the noise and the bright lights (though this shouldn’t be too much of an issue on a first date). A minus point is the waiters, who will fuss over you all night in the nauseating, flirtatious way that only Americans seem to be comfortable with. The prices are fairly steep – supper for two with water, cocktails and service will set you back £160. If you are a passionate foodie you may not think the food quite justifies the price, but remind yourself that what you’re really paying for is the view.

Sex Factor

4. The breathtaking views across London and lively atmosphere are guaranteed to impress (unless your date has an aversion to Latin culture, or vertigo).

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