Sushisamba 4444

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate (38-39th floor) , London, EC2N 4AY

  • Dumplings with a yellow sauce and purple and white garnish at Sushi Samba
  • a prawn dish at Sushi Samba - a Japanese fusion restaurant in London
  • Sushisamba Japanese fusion restaurant London City
  • A large open room at Sushi Samba with dining tables
  • Calamari, vegetables and rice in a pink cone at Sushi Samba
  • The interior of Sushi Samba featuring a bar
  • A dish of two taco s with lime at sushi samba
  • A room at Sushi Samba with a bar and artwork on the wall
  • Sushisamba Japanese fusion restaurant London City
  • A rooftop terrace overlooking London at Sushi Samba
  • People eating on the Sushi Samba rooftop terrace
  • Sushi Samba s rooftop bar built around a tree

SquareMeal Review of Sushisamba

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2018“It’s all about the experience” at Sushisamba, from the moment the lightning-quick glass elevator whisks you up to the 38th floor of the Heron Tower. Once inside, you can’t miss the incredible floor-to-ceiling views or the covens of noisy young City types splashing serious amounts of cash at the bar. The “fabulous atmosphere” spills over into the restaurant, where the menu promises a thrilling fusion of Japanese and Latino cuisine – from shrimp tempura with snap pea julienne, spicy mayo and black truffle vinaigrette to refreshing crispy lobster taquitos with avocado, aji amarillo, jalapeños and morado. Other standouts on our list include the multi-coloured sushi rolls, sweet potato noodles served with egg yolk and gold shavings, and a drool-worthy chocolate banana cake with maple butter, plantain chip and rum-spiked ice cream. Samba music blasts from the speakers, while innumerable staff are on hand to deliver “the best service ever”. It’s not everyone’s cup of saké, but high-octane Sushisamba is spot-on for City revellers with deep pockets.

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8.1

Food & Drink: 8.8

Service: 6.3

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

alex b. 22 October 2016

Great food, service and amazing views

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Jessica S. 19 June 2015

The food was very exotic as it's uniquely fused. The vegetarian dishes were bursting with flavor and there were so many surprising food combinations. The presentation was beautiful. Having a sake sommelier was just perfect as the sake always perfectly complimented the dish. The dessert was so delicious and the views amazing, having a table near the window. The only thing was the service. It took a long time to get service at the bar outdoors. Changing a large bill was next to impossible and chasing staff around was necessary to reclaim belongings from coat check. Almost perfect.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

the stranger silver reviewer 09 March 2015

Dined here on a Sunday night. The good stuff: (1) the lift; (2) the friendly and efficient reception staff; (3) the view. The average stuff: (1) the view is awesome but you need to have a window seat to appreciate it; (2) the dining room lacks atmosphere which is surprising considering the fact that it was packed. I can't put my finger on it but it lacked vibe; (3) there are around 100 waiting staff (of I'm exaggerating here) but it was incredibly difficult to order anything when you want/need to. Random waiters came up to introduce themselves just to disappear and not be seen again for ages; (4) the food is good but not great. It was my first time so I asked the waiter for some help. he gave me a 10 minute talk about where the food comes from. I wasn't "helped" in the slightest! (5) the food is very expensive. Ok, that is to be expected. The rent for two floors of prime real estate on the 38th floor of 110 Bishopsgate has to be paid for. I guess what I'm saying is that I didn't feel I got value for my buck (6) we were asked how the food was 9 or 10 times by different waiters. Ok, I'm clearly a grumpy so and so but I found this annoying, particularly as I didn't really want to say "yeah, its ok but not great is it?". All in all, this was a bit disappointing for me and my guest. I wonder what it's like I New York.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Natalia P. gold reviewer 02 February 2015

This is not our first time in the venue, as always the food and drinks are outstanding. The only issue we had during the dinner was the 2 hour turn around policy which meant that we were basically asked to 'vacate' the table for other diners because our 2 hours at the table was up. Not good customer service!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Monikasays platinum reviewer 07 October 2014

It has taken me a while to find my way to Sushisamba, probably due to the Shard and its many foodie offerings. I had an eagerly needed girlie night ahead, so I put on my best dress (Roksanda illinc) and Burberry mac and hot-footed it to this vertiginous venue, only to be nearly turned away by a rude bouncer due to my open toed heely sandals (admittedly not designer but not awful). This resulted in an instant mardi face and hostility to Sushisamba…. Anyway they let me in and I was whisked up to this sushi heaven in the Willy Wonka style glass elevator. This was fairly jaw dropping and comparable to the Shard except on the outside of the building so one gets a super hazy view of lovely grey London. The place was rammed with long legs, fancy hair dos and that feeling that everyone feels v. chuffed to be there. Outside bars are fun and reminiscent of Hong Kong. The staff were more friendly inside than outside. The menu was appealing with highlights of light shrimp tempura, well done black cod, moreish sticky teriyaki chicken and lots of sushi favourites. All in all it was a good night with good food and great company. Would I go back? maybe not….there are too many other inviting London venues with a better door policy !

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Oliver t. 29 June 2014

Fusion of different tastes really sets tastebuds alight…black cod is just amazing and a must try! clever concept of giving you little plates of great food which ultimately racks up the bill. it is however well worth it and can only recommend it

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Natalia P. gold reviewer 18 March 2014

Outstanding as always! The food is great, service is very personal and warm. Of the food to try definitely recommend pork belly wraps and Robata poussin. The only thing that let them down this time was, even though you booked to dine, you are not allowed to go the the restaurant terrace to have a drink.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 26 February 2014

It’s a fairly well-trodden path that you need to take if you want to try and succeed at present on the London restaurant scene – a menu comprising sharing dishes that draw their culinary influences from around the world, especially Asia and South America. A nice view and trendy-looking people (guests and servers too preferably) also help. While it would be easy to criticise Sushisamba (somewhat pretentiously spelt all as one word) for simply following in this somewhat predictable vein, the place does have a huge amount going for it, and will likely be around for some time. Even if the London outpost of this mini-chain is both nowhere near as good as the New York one and perhaps a little late to the London scene, you have to appreciate the coup exacted by the owners to have got their restaurant located in one of the most stunning places in London. Even if the Shard is taller and has more dining options, Heron Tower has only one, with Sushisamba sitting proudly at the top, 38 floors up. One arrives there after a breath-taking ride in their glass fronted lift, enough to set the pulse rising and build the anticipation. The views don’t disappoint and nor did the food. Guests have many options beyond admiring the view: there is a bar with open roof terrace, the main restaurant and an additional lounge, one floor up. The décor unsurprisingly has a nod to the trendy, a stunning light feature dominates the main dining room and there is ‘posh-graffiti’ on some of the walls. I also liked the slightly more homely touch of trailing plants on the walls of the room. Onto the food, and one is in familiar territory here, a cross-over of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian influences. The expression ‘tyranny of choice’ springs slightly to mind when viewing the menu, a selection of small dishes, raw options, grilled items, large plates, samba rolls and more conventional sashimi are available. Confusingly, no indication is given on the menu (nor by our server initially) over how many dishes it would be appropriate for our group of four to share. Eventually we left it to our server to choose for us, and even if somewhat humiliating, all credit to the person in question for providing us with a wide and varied choice that was more than ample. It would also be hard to fault any dish, either in terms of taste and complexity or presentation. We particularly rated our crispy yellowtail taquitos, the black cod, and the ‘Samba London’ rolls, the latter being the restaurant’s take on a traditional California roll, but comprising crab, tuna, salmon, wagyu, avocado and a few other things too. This was all accompanied by an adequate bottle of Pouilly Fumé (chosen by a colleague). My one criticism of the concept – and don’t get me wrong, the setting, food and general experience were all superb – was that when many small dishes brought to the table as they are ready, this is inherently disruptive. Our server tried to be discrete, but did not fully succeed; with the bringing and taking away of dishes (on one occasion we actually got the same one twice by accident), topping up our glasses etc., our conversation was somewhat impeded. My advice: go, preferably in the evening and with friends rather than for a business lunch, but do go. Even better, get someone else to pay. With these views, there is a pricey tag attached!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Mealy Kiely bronze reviewer 25 February 2014

Most people that venture to Sushi Samba, do so for the city views. They are fantastic. This venue however remains (since opening) a place where how you look and how you flash your cash matter. Firstly there is making a booking – nearly impossible! When you do get in, the bloke who looks like Tintin (now famous in the City for turning people away if you are not dressed quite right…) will look you up and down, and only allow you access if you have a booking and look the part. Now up to the 38th & 39th floors in the glass elevator you go! When you reach the restaurant less than a minute later and with a head rush you'll be faced with a buzzy atmosphere, a wonderful open space and clientele who are mainly rich Nobu frequenting types, well dressed, well heeled, and many designer suits… The service is somewhat impeccable – although they do insist that food should be ordered ‘for the table’ it is reccomended that you abide by this to get the true Sushi Samba experience. We sipped on seasonal sakés whilst browsing the extensive menu where Japan, Brazil and Peru come together. We ordered a good mix of sides, and sushi after our waiter deciphered and explained the dishes. The food when it arrived was absolutely sublime, very colourful and the freshest of the fresh. We watched the sun go down over London with satified paletes and an air of importance.

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