Sushi Samba

110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

WLC Rank : 103

Food Type Cuisine: Asian

Glass PriceGlass from : £ 9 (125 ml)

+44 (0)203 640 7330

www.sushisamba.com

londonreservations@sushisamba.com

BEST FOR

Champagne

On floor 38 of the Heron Tower, Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine brightly meet in a posh nest of a dining room overseen by bespectacled chef ambassador of Portuguese cuisine, Claudio Cardoso (formerly at Ritz Carlton, Sintra).

REVIEWS

Review 2016/17

On floor 38 of the Heron Tower, Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine brightly meet in a posh nest of a dining room overseen by bespectacled chef ambassador of Portuguese cuisine, Claudio Cardoso (formerly at Ritz Carlton, Sintra).

Like at Duck and Waffle above, a special relationship with the Bruno Paillard Champagne house, including exclusive expressions such as the magnum of 1990 Blanc de blancs Le Mesnil, features, and begins to look particularly good in value terms when compared with Armand de Brignac’s Ace of Spade Gold.

Bubbles cut through the char and fat of small plates, including teriyaki poussin, shrimp tempura and wagyu gyoza. Note, the crockery is a thing of beauty in itself.

A small selection of wines by the glass, including entry level Viognier by Yves Cuilleron, pales when compared with the stunning wealth of sakes presented to collaborate with ‘samba rolls’, nigiri and sashimi.

Still, sparkling, infused, hot and cool smart rice brews are available here, along with the guidance of a sake sommelier, with the most ambitiously-priced version being Dassai’s ‘Beyond’ (Junmai Daiginjo, Yamaguchi) at £625 per 720ml listed under the ‘Connoisseur’s Nihonshu Selection’ heading.

Vinously, matters become much more interesting when purchasing by the bottle. Here is the final work of Didier Dagueneau, grown-up Italians and, in a nod to one part of the gastronomic métier, the occasional Brazilian bottle.

Bargains were never going to be easily unearthed so close to the heavens, with the cheapest bottle coming in at £36 (Paul Mas’ Languedoc Grenache Noir), but there are at least intelligent options available.

By Zeren Wilson

WLC Overall Score 88

Value
81
Size
90
Range
90
Originality
89
Service
90

WLC Overall Rank : 103

Food Type Cuisine: Asian

Glass PriceGlass from : £ 9 (125 ml)

+44 (0)203 640 7330

www.sushisamba.com

londonreservations@sushisamba.com

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