There are plenty of hotspots in London that I have yet to visit, and Sushi Samba had been hovering at the top of the wishlist for quite some time. So, as an early birthday celebration for E, we headed there one chilly evening (having made the reservation months in advance, which is kind of necessary for weekends).
We started off with a drink at the Duck & Waffle bar, where we enjoyed the panoramic, lit up view of London and the fun decor inside. I went for a cocktail called Winter something, which was kind of like a smokey old fashioned - delicious.
After warming ourselves up a little, it was time to head to the main event! At first glance, I loved the setting of the restaurant area at Sushi Samba - modern, stylish, the music wasn't too loud (it might sound a little grandma-y, but nothing bothers me more than having to shout out a conversation over dinner) and the staff were lovely.
The menu is fairly extensive so we had a good browse through, and chose what we thought was a nice selection of different flavours and dishes - we also realised that we were there during Kobe Week (third week of every month), so wanted to try one of the kobe beef specials too.
Here's what we settled on in the end:
TURBOT brioche, ponzu, sea water caviar, truffle oil
PICANHA TATAKI foie gras, aji panca, fried quail egg
KOBE MINI BURGER brioche, horseradish mayo, aji amarillo
COCONUT RICE chives
SAMBA LONDON crab, tuna, salmon, white fish, prawn, scallop, wagyu, avocado, tempura crunch, wasabi mayo, aji panca, house-made soy reduction
SÃO PAULO scallop, masago, red onion, tuna, salmon, shrimp, white fish, avocado, truffle, hatcho miso soy, chive oil
Until the sushi arrived at the end, we thought we'd need a little more food, but the sushi filled us right up! And they were definitely our favourites of the whole meal - on our next visit, we'd probably just focus on the sushi rolls as they were so unique (I'm Japanese, but no purist when it comes to fusion food!), and absolutely delicious. We liked everything else too - the Picanha Tataki in particular - but the sushi was the highlight for us.
It was an excellent meal, and although we didn't have the best view of the London skyline from our table, I loved the atmosphere there and we spend such a great evening. It's a wonderful place for a special occasion or if you're visiting London and want to splash out a little on something different - it's original, high quality and you can't help but feel the trendy vibe rub off on you a little.
I loved the look of the little sushi bar they have out at the front, with the chefs preparing their platters - people were happily sitting there, enjoying their dinner. Surely these are prime seats for food bloggers, too?!
All in all, I would definitely go back - perhaps in the daytime next time, so I can enjoy a different view.