I’ve been to Duck & Waffle a few years ago, but have yet to try out Sushi Samba. In celebration of one of my colleague’s work anniversary, we decided to take a two-hour team lunch there for the occasion!
Sushi Samba is a fusion restaurant blending together Japanese, Brazilian, & Peruvian cuisines. We visited their Heron Tower branch, which sits on the 38th and 39th floor boasting stunning views of the city of London. They have recently-ish opened another London branch in Covent Garden, and also have footprints in Las Vegas, Miami, and Amsterdam.
As we hopped on then stepped out of the express elevator, we were greeted with this gorgeous view and the iconic stairway down to the restaurant. At the bottom of the stairway, there’s an installation of the iconic Kyoto shrine shaping the pathway into the dining area.
Inside the dining area, the interior is super bright with lots of natural light coming in. The decor is snazzy, with a blend of a modern yet exotic type of style.
Moqueca Mista (£34)
Moqueca Mista – mixed seafood (shrimp, squid, sea bass, mussels, clams) cooked with coconut milk, served with chimichurri rice. I knew I had to get this once I saw it on the menu. Everything listed about this dish was absolutely enticing and it’s totally calling for me!
Taking my first bite into the moqueca, a really sharp zingy taste awakened all my senses. It’s really tangy, almost at the edge of being too much, and certainly packed with punches of intriguing flavours. The sauce was extremely rich from the coconut, and it does get a little bit heavy towards the end. Personally, I was hoping to get more taste of spices from this though. Nevertheless, I loved the Chimichurri rice, which was well seasoned and just delicious!
SASA roll (£12)
Normally, I’m not particularly crazy over sushi rolls – I like them but am also quite picky with its fillings/toppings. I nearly skipped reading the Samba Roll section on the menu but I happen to spot the SASA roll at the corner of my eye and find it really interesting!
The SASA Roll is a great fusion dish – it basically takes the concept of a Japanese sushi hand roll with shrimp tempura, but combining other non-typical Japanese ingredients such as Padron pepper, quinoa, spicy mayo, and red onions.
I actually absolutely loved this! It’s something different, truly featuring innovative flavours, and simply satisfying. It’s generally light, with a very mild hint of spice. All the ingredients matched impeccably with one another, creating this unique flavour combo.
Unagi Maki (£12)
Now for something more typical Japanese – we got the Unagi Maki rolls. It’s got freshwater eel, cucumber, avocado, and spring onion. This was delightful as expected and certainly well-executed.
All in all, we really enjoyed our meal and experience at Sushi Samba. The quality of the food was up to par, the staff had been attentive, and the setting was great – what’s more is there to ask for? If you’re looking for a place for a special occasion and is a fan of sushi and innovative flavours, Sushi Samba should definitely be on your list.
Not halal – plenty of pescatarian & vegetarian options
Tel: 020 3640 7330 | Website: https://www.sushisamba.com
Nearest station: Liverpool Street