Sushi Samba is pretentious. It's extravagent, it's expensive, and it trades on an air of exclusivity. But ultimately, it has a right to do so. It holds one of the finest pieces of restaurant real estate in London, and once you get up onto the 38th floor, on a sunny, calm summers night, you'll agree - it's worth every penny. You can sit and enjoy some great, but expensive, cocktails, sitting next to an outdoor firepit, looking down on all of London. I can't think of many other venues in the city that can boast this breathtaking experience. Galvin at the Window perhaps, but you can't go outside, and it's much more focused around the dining experience. The Shard also has the potential to rival the lofty views, but again lacks the high-rise outdoor terrace that makes Sushi Samba so much fun.
I love Japanese whiskeys. I won't pretend to know huge amounts, but there's a big selection to choose from, alongside an extensive cocktail menu. The food is an unusual blend of Japanese and Brazilian, with a hint of trendy Peruvian influences. It offers a good selection of great quality sashimi and ceviche, and often has uni on the menu, which in my expereince is rare around London.
Is it the best value venue in the neighbourhood? Hell, no! But it definitely offers a unique London dining experience, and during the summer months is well worth a visit.
Last reviewed on July 20th , 2014
Hints and tips
- What will it cost?
Prices range, with dishes from £8 to over £40.
Expect to pay a lot of the unique and lofty experience.
- Nearest tube
- Getting a table
Reservations are available up to two months in advance by date. You can usually book a few days in advance to secure a booking for small parties. You can also eat at the bar without a reservation when there is space.
- What to wear
Dresswear is smart casual, edging towards the smarter end, though they have become more relaxed in recent months.
- Balcony area
One of the highlights is grabbing a cocktail around the firepit, overlooking The City. But on nice days, get there early. It fills up quickly.
- Gusting troubles
For health and safetly reasons, they have to close the balcony when winds are too high. So keep an eye on the weather and wind speeds to avoid disappointment.