Rooftop Restaurant in London
Sushi Samba is a Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian rooftop restaurant in London on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower, right near Liverpool Street . Be warned that the glass lifts speed you to the top so just turn the other way if you don’t want to see London fly past you!
Sushi Samba is born of the energy and spirit of the three distinct cultures and dates back to the early 20th century when thousands of Japanese immigrants travelled to South America. The chain started in New York City in 1999 and has since opened in London, Miami, Las Vegas and Amsterdam.
You walk through Torii gates (which reminded me of Fushim Inari in Japan!) to enter the restaurant. The dining room is beautiful with high ceilings and stunning views of London. Sushi Samba also doubles up as a bar with a large indoor area and outside terrace.
This restaurant is unsurprisingly not cheap so save it for a special occasion! We kicked off with some mango based mocktails which were sweet and refreshing. If you are looking for alcoholic cocktails there are a number of signature ones available with Japanese inspired whiskey and brandy and all are priced at £14.
The menu has a wide selection of dishes to choose from and they are designed to share. We kicked off with some of the Edamame Beans – one spicy and one with soybean volcanic salt and lime (£5). The portion was plentiful and the spicy ones were particularly flavoursome.
From the small plate section we sampled the Wagyu Gyoza (£15). The six pieces were flavoursome and stuffed with filling. The Shrimp Tempura with spicy mayo black truffle and vinaigrette (£14) and the Seasonal vegetable tempura (£12) were both standout dishes for us. The tempura was light and not oily and the dressing with the vegetable tempura was truffle based and absolutely stunning.
From the Robata (fresh ingredients prepared over the traditional Japanese Charcoal grill) we had the Pork Belly skewers with butterscotch miso (£15). The meat fell off the skewer and was so tender and full of flavour – another favourite.
From the samba rolls section we had the:
- Tiger Maki with crab meat, tempura prawn, tiger prawn, wasabi mayo (£16),
- Samba London: tuna, salmon, hamachi, avocado, asparagus, onion, hishiho miso, crispy yuba, yuzu dressing (£16)
El Topo: salmon, jalapeño, shiso leaf, fresh melted mozzarella, crispy onion (£12)
The Tiger Maki was particularly good but all dishes were so fresh.
We had read some reviews about the service not been great but we had no problems at all. The staff were happy to recommend different dishes and the views are outstanding. The food was pretty exceptional and we would definitely recommend this rooftop restaurant in London for a treat.
East London Girl: Sushi Samba
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