Early Birthday Treat at Sushi Samba

My birthday’s coming up, so to start the celebrations, my Nepalese sister, Sweeda booked a surprise dinner at Sushi Samba, Heron Tower. The restaurant was a short work from Liverpool Street Station. The restaurant is located on the 38th floor within Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate. A glass lift took us to the 39th floor where we were able to take in the amazing view of the City of London. It made me think about the glass elevator in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As soon as we stepped out the lift we came across a beautiful Japanese walkway where we came to the cloakroom and a bar.


We were directed down the stairs to the restaurant reception. The receptionist took our coats to the cloakroom and another member of staff directed us to our table. We were seated at a lovely table by the window with a breathtaking view.

The restaurant was decorated with neutral and orange colours. It was busy with most tables taken. We were handed a variety of menus; Set Menu – £82 each, Food Menu and the Cocktail Menu. Sweeda selected the Nashi Martini from the cocktail menu which was made up of Grey Goose La Poire vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, plum sake, lychee water, passion fruit syrup and Japanese citrus. I was being good so stuck to water but had a sip of Sweeda’s cocktail which was very refreshing.

There were so many choices to choose from on the menu from small dishes such as shrimp tempura to individual sushi selection. Sweeda and I opted for the Samba Rolls. We decided to order a selection and share. We chose Samba London (tuna, salmon, hamachi, avocado, asparagus, onion, hishiho miso, crispy yuba, yuzu dressing)  and the El Topo (salmon, jalapeño, shiso, fresh melted mozzarella, crispy shallots, spicy mayo, eel sauce).

Samba London was presented beautifully and had delicate flavours. The El Topo Samba Roll was delicious with a capital d. The melted mozzarella paired with the crispy onions and kick of jalapeno was divine. This was definitely my favourite. We still felt hungry so ordered the Unagi Maki Samba Roll (freshwater eel, cucumber, avocado, spring onion). It was another great choice. The eel was full of flavour and the avocado added additional textures.

We couldn’t leave without dessert so we ordered the Chocolate Banana Cake with Vanilla Rum Ice Cream to share. The cake was tasty but sweet. It portion size was small so the sweetness was bearable. The ice cream was luscious and creamy with hints of rum.

Overall, the food was amazing, the views were stunning and we received a great service. I would definitely recommend and will visit in the near future to try something new.

Rating: 8/10

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Petrina x

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