The gf managed to get us a table at Sushisamba last month, which is quite an accomplishment. If you want to have dinner there within the next three months, you need to be prepared to eat your fish before 6PM. Thankfully I do not care what time of the day it is when I’m promised sushi. I could eat that shit for breakfast. Or as a late night snack. Or as dessert. To summarise: there’s always time and space for sushi.
Back to the restaurant. It’s located on the 38th and 39th floors of a tall building right next to Liverpool Street, London. They’re promising a blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. Spoiler alert: they’re keeping their promise.
It apparently also has the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, offering a 360 degree view of the city. We went in the middle of March, outside was not happening.
It was quite misty, so I didn’t see much of the view. But we had visited the Shard that afternoon, so I didn’t feel like I was missing out (much).
To get the most out of the view, it’s probably best to book a late table during a summer month, so you get to enjoy London while the sun is still up, see the sunset and London by night. The full program. Since you have to book such a table several months in advance, however, I fear the weather might just present you with grey clouds and rain. It is England after all.
They have a dress-code. You know, no flip-flops and no beachwear etc. Again, it was March, so not a problem.
Before we talk about the food, let me say one thing: yes, it’s expensive. But the prices are right there on the menu and if you possess a certain amount of self control it is quite possible to be in and out spending approximately £30-40 a person. Or you can be like us and eat only the most expensive food, have a cocktail and a dessert and walk out leaving behind a terribly sad bank account.
We usually order sashimi. We love sashimi. So, this time we ordered sashimi as well. But, we also tried some of the samba rolls. We choose the Samba London platter with crab, tuna, salmon, white fish and prawn.
Let me tell you a little embarrassing secret: they made me cry. I don’t think food has ever made me cry before. It was so good. It was like an explosion in my mouth. The sashimi was actually bland next to those rolls. Don’t get me wrong it was delicious sashimi, but the rolls were simply amazing.
For dessert I had a chocolate chilli mousse, with raspberry and red pepper sorbet and chocolate crumble. Yes, it was delicious and crazy and probably one of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted.
The service was amazing. They were very attentive, but not overbearing.
It was my birthday and this was the result:
The gf did not announce that it was my birthday while booking. We were asked in the beginning whether this is a special occasion or not and then they did this. Very honestly? It made me well up. I’m apparently getting soft with age.
It was an amazing experience and I definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone who either has self restraint or whose bank account isn’t a weeping mess after eating way too much delicious food.