I absolutely love sushi, it’s up there with eggs as one of my favourite ever foods. I’ve been for drinks at Sushi Samba several times (amazing cocktails BTW) and tried their delicious bar snacks, but haven’t ever made it there for a meal and it’s been on my list for a while. So, I was super excited to be invited out for lunch there this week!
Sushi Samba is located on the 38th floor of Heron Tower at 110 Bishopsgate – so not for you if you’ve got a fear of heights (I always feel slightly terrified going up in the glass lift!) Once you’re up there though, the views are incredible, and make the visit even more special.
Not a bad lunchtime view
The menu is extensive and I was spoilt for choice. There’s a range of aperitifs, small plates to share, large plates, and of course the main event – the sushi.
We opted for several small plates and none of them disappointed. My personal favourites were Lobster and Avocado Crispy Taquitos and Shrimp Tempura.
Lobster Crispy Taquitos
Sushi Samba is one of the few restaurants in the world selected to serve Kobe beef, described by the venue as “one of the world’s most prestigious and historically revered Japanese products”. 1kg of Kobe at Sushi Samba with dipping sauces will set you back a tidy £1000, or if you’re feeling a little less flush, you can try 120g for £129. Luckily, they also have a Kobe Slider on the menu, for a taster of the meat which won’t break the bank quite so much.
My lunch buddy also ordered the Lamb Chop. I’m not usually a huge fan of lamb, but I tried some of this dish and it was really lovely – I’d definitely recommend it.
In terms of sushi, we eventually decided on the Samba London roll selection – several rolls containing crab, tuna, salmon, white fish, and prawn. I had these rolls previously whilst drinking in the bar and couldn’t believe how nice they were! Probably the best sushi rolls I’ve had anywhere and they lived up to my expectations this time too.
Samba London rolls
Finally, we decided on the Sashimi Omakase platter, assortment of 10. This took a while to be served but was absolutely worth the wait! It was presented beautifully and it was actually painful to mess up their handiwork in order to eat it. The platter consists of several different varieties of sashimi including tuna, prawns, butterfish and scallops, and was hands down the best sushi I’ve eaten. It was amazing – seriously, look at it…
Sashimi Omakase, assortment of 10 (ie the most beautiful plate ever)
I could eat that every day!
Sushi Samba is pricey, but the food is beautiful and it’s without a doubt one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. The views are gorgeous and so is the venue, and if you have time to chill out with a cocktail in the bar or on the terrace afterwards (which we didn’t on this occasion) I’d definitely recommend doing so to soak up the great atmosphere.
I already can’t wait to go back.
Perfect for: a treat for lovers of sushi and Japanese cuisine – and to check out the view.
Sushi Samba is located at Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY (make a reservation first!)