SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

Afternoon tea, Brazilian, Japanese, Peruvian, Sushi·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

Silver Award

The second London location for glamorous international brand Sushisamba has landed on top of Covent Garden’s Opera Terrace, and there’s one major difference to the Liverpool Street debut – it’s missing the City site’s spectacular view. Overlooking the tourist-heavy crowds of Covent Garden’s piazza instead of glimmering skyscrapers and famous landmarks, the restaurant may have lost some of its ‘occasion dining’ flair, but it is still a thrilling ride.

Stylish interiors and a buzzing atmosphere compensate for the initial lack of spectacle. Make your way to the restaurant via a spiral staircase which is (naturally) decked out in the brand’s signature bright orange hue. Once inside, you’re greeted by the sexy bar, which looks like a grown-up Rainforest Café and features a high-maintenance ‘living’ ceiling of foliage. Elsewhere, there are plush red velvet booths for groups, and a sushi bar-cum-dining counter for those looking to get close to the cheffing action.

All the Sushisamba hits are present on the menu: moreish green bean tempura served with a slick of black truffle aioli makes for a decadent snack, while springy gyoza are stuffed with intensely meaty Wagyu beef and served on a neon yellow pool of sweet-tasting kabocha.

From the selection of vibrantly coloured sushi rolls, the El Topo was our favourite: a tightly-packed roll layered with strips of salmon, a splodge of melted mozzarella, jalapeños and a dusting of crispy shallots. More sizeable dishes include fleshy, wobbly pork belly skewers from a robata grill which are glazed with a sticky-sweet butterscotch miso sauce, and flaky black cod which melts on the tongue.

Cocktails are fun, flirty and expensive, while there’s more opportunity to splash the cash via upmarket wines and Champagnes. We followed our switched-on waiter’s recommendation for dessert and were not disappointed by the arrival of a gooey chocolate and banana cake, finished off with a scoop of rum-spiked ice cream and a sugar-dusted plantain chip. A place to see and be seen, this latest Sushisamba won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s bang on the money for its target audience: and boy, do they have a lot of money.    


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Brazilian, Japanese, Peruvian, Sushi
Cool, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

This venue also offers

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Private Group Dining

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Christmas Parties

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Event Party Venue

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Opera Terrace, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF


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14 Reviews 

Pamela C

06 August 2019  
New sushi samba at covent garden is a fun place to have a great evening out.


26 July 2019  
Great atmosphere, great location, delicious food and friendly staff. Also great event space for private dining.


28 June 2019  
Great location, food always on spot, price is according to value. Great decor and ambiance, service great.

Charlie M

09 April 2019  
I had the best shrimp tempura ever here!

Crystal M

09 April 2019  
Really delicious sushi and nice interior decoration. Ideal location above Covent Garden market. A bit too expensive but much better sushi than I expected! More relaxed inside than I expected too which was nice as the service was still excellent.

Zoe L

01 April 2019  
Views are beautiful. Food is great.

Caroline S

27 June 2018  
Just a really cool place.

Salma S

27 June 2018  
Alaways delicious food, great service, great for a treat.

Charlie M

27 June 2018  
Service is good.

Valarie D

05 May 2017  
Drinks, food, ambience and service was impeccable. Value for money -Steep.
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