Sushisamba … the dizzying heights of fusion

DINING OWL AWARD5th – for friends

When I visited: Various times from 2013

Location: London, near Liverpool Street

Team: Claudio Cardoso (Head Chef), Maurizio Palomba (Head of Wine and Sake)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not rated in the Guide (used to be recommended)

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 4/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress / workwear

Ambience: Great view (near the top of Heron Tower), trendy, buzzy

Course of the meal: Yellowfin tuna

If I could change one thing: More seats in the bar


Sushisamba is one of those restaurants that generated a lot of buzz on coming to London and there will always be some people who complain that it’s not worth the hype, it’s too expensive, and/or the food isn’t that great. I’m not one of those people (partly because I’m an Owl, not a person at all).

I’ve been several times to this home of Brazilian/Japanese fusion, both for a birthday meal with friends and on dates. It’s fun, with a fairly smart atmosphere; lots of people come after work and it is usually quite hard to get a reservation. I must say that on the downside, it is admittedly pricey and the bar can get busy while you’re waiting to be seated, which can be annoying as there isn’t that much room, but the fact is that the food is pretty special.

The optimal way to enjoy the food is to pick several dishes from various parts of the menu to share with your tablemates. The best ones include the yellowfin tuna and salmon dishes on the savoury side, and the sugar sphere dessert on the sweet side. The view is pretty spectacular (from the top of Heron Tower) and if you’re not nervous of heights, you’ll greatly enjoy the lift ride up and down which has a very NYC feel. On sunny days, you can sometimes go outside and have drinks after your meal on the terrace and enjoy the view even more.

I would ignore the backlash and head here; you will enjoy the experience.

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