Japan, Brazil and Peru come together in this expensive New York import on floors 38 and 39 of Heron Tower: great views, great decor, wonderful sushi.
Japan, Brazil and Peru come together here. That’s not an eye-opener these days, but the entrance to this expensive New York import is. Take the glass elevator that clings to the side of Heron Tower, shoot up 38 floors in a few stomach-flipping seconds, then walk into a bar from which you can practically browse workers’ emails in the Gherkin. Go on through to the double-height glasshouse of a restaurant, with its magnificent bamboo-lattice ceiling, and your table will likely face north across Spitalfields towards Alexandra Palace or east over Stepney and out to Essex. Allow time to drink in your surroundings, and maybe a cocktail or seasonal saké, while perusing a menu that will need deciphering by your well-drilled waiter, peppered as it is with terms such as ‘tiradito’, ‘taquito’, ‘moqueca’ and ‘chicharrons’. It’s all tough visual competition for a plate of food, but the sushi does its damnedest to catch the eye with cloaks of red or green yuba (soybean curd skin). Rather than leave all the fillings to battle it out in one big, bursting-at-the-seams futomaki, the Samba London roll makes a starlet of each one (crab, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, prawn, scallop, beef, avocado) by placing it on a rice-slice pedestal. With that view – impressive in daylight, awesome by night – this is a special-occasion destination; they get a lot of birthday bookings.
Floors 38 & 39
|Opening hours:||Sun-Tue 11.30am-1.30am (last reservation 11.30pm); Wed-Sat 11.30am-2am (last reservation 12.30am)|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £8-£42|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:19
- 4 star:16
- 3 star:7
- 2 star:7
- 1 star:14
Paying for the view and the quality of the food I guess? In terms of taste, not particularly wowing or creative. Quality of the fish is definitely good and fresh, desserts were nice particularly the zen garden, but other than that nothing that memorable or worth eating in terms of price.
There has been so much hype surrounding this restaurant, I was wondering if it would be a bit of a let down in reality. Truthfully speaking, though, I couldn't have enjoyed it more.
I dined at Sushi Samba on a Friday lunchtime, and so the vibe was quite corporate with the majority of the tables occupied with business lunches.
A super-fast glass lift whisks you up to the restaurant which is an exciting experience in itself and from the outset makes it seem something more special than your usual London restaurant.
The decor is modern and plush and you can't help but be impressed by the stunning views across the city. There is a lovely terrace which unfortunately we couldn't eat on due to the weather, but I imagine would be a stunning setting should the weather permit.
Every single dish we ordered was delicious and presented beautifully. The highlight for me for have to be the hot stone beef, which you cook yourself on a hot stone that is placed on the table. It won me over due to the novelty factor, but it was also absolutely delicious! The black cod was divine, as were the Samba London rolls. Every dish that came out seemed to beat the last and we were all undecided which one was best. The sign of a good restaurant! Even the coffee we ordered at the end of the meal was served beautifully with an impressive chocolate pattern on the foam... it's the little things!
Yes, it is expensive, but you go there with this in mind and so it should be no surprise when the bills comes. It was everything I hoped it would be and personally I feel it's high prices are completely justified when the food, service and overall experience is this good.
Myself and my girlfriends decided to have impromptu night out and the first stop was Sushisamba. In the first instance, it is a very beautiful place! Anyone coming to London for the first time should definitely check it out (if only for the views!) We only had a few drinks, as we were off to another party, however having seen some of the dishes on the menu I would definitely have a few bites next time I go. The atmosphere is extremely buzzy, the views are gorgeous and there are a good caliber of people. So if you're in the mood to dress up and have a few cocktails (slightly on the pricey side), then this is a great joint to check out.
We had a few beers then fancied a late night bite. SushiSamba proved to be just what was needed. Glass elevator and stunning views from the restaurant , real buzz about the place and the food was fine. Good end to a top night in the city.
I thoroughly enjoyed a special night out with my hen ladies! We dined at 6pm and enjoyed seeing the red sunset over the expansive views of London. The service was impeccable and the food and wine was divine!
We booked a table for a birthday dinner, first welcomed with a fake smile and no reference whatsoever that it was my husbands special day!
Brazilian waiter over eagerly tries to advise us on the speciality dishes which aren't cheap mind you given the size of the portions served. Looked around and wondered why on earth one had to book at least a month in advance and basically the eating area isn't at all large!
Service was fine so far ,the usual over enthusiastic waiter smiles especially after ordering a bottle of bollinger. After 20mins, our so called friendly waiter asked me how the food was, I had only just started to explain and he ignored me and dashed like a dog to the newly seated Arab guys beside us and just ignored my husband and I. My husband called him over to explain how rude he was to me which left him flustered. After watching all the waiters and managers running frantically and returning good these Arabs weren't happy about, the floor manager who was on duty on September 30th came over and apologised about the waiters behaviour,but wait it doesn't end there, his apology was so insincere that as he was talking to us he kept looking at the Arab guys next to us!you would think after this extreme rudeness, the 12.5% discretionary service charge would be waivered or a small gesture on the dessert front but no no no!
Unless you want to be treated second class even though we splashed at least £400
there, by all means we wish you luck!
Terrible service and wouldn't recommend this place to any sane individual!!
Worst night of my life, never been treated so badly by a table hostess in my life. She was too rude to acknowledge me at first, when I said the third time that I had a reservation she simply said she was too busy. Finally my boyfriend complained to the manager and we were seated. Disgusting behaviour from a nobody, food was average and view was okay but there are much better towers in London and much better food elsewhere. Wouldn't waste my time or money here again.
The ideal location for a sophisticated late afternoon drink if you're looking for something with a bit of glamour and oomph factor. Don't be put off by the security guards at ground level or dither because you haven't booked, it is perfectly acceptable, in fact I encourage you, to drop in for a drink or two. But be warned that the trip up to the 38th floor is not for the feint-heated (a dream for adrenaline junkies), the glass fronted lift whizzes up at speed, offering up jaw-dropping views from the Gherkin to St Pauls Cathedral and beyond. And once you're in situ, the views are spectacular, making this a panoramic place to sip cocktails whilst the sun sets. The decor is modern and minimalist with a high finish and the service was commendable; the staff were friendly, attentive and helpful without being intrusive. The smoked plum negroni was fabulous and very strong, or perhaps that was my vertigo kicking in... I should point out that I have a crippling fear of heights... And so, it was essential for me, after one cocktail, to drink several more to approach the lift down... Cocktails average at £13 and glasses of wine from around £7.50 (with service at 12.5%). We didn't stay for sushi as it was a last minute decision to drop by. I would advise visiting at off-peak boozing times to ensure that you get a seat and don't have a long wait at the bar; we went at around 4pm on a Sunday and, whilst it was fairly busy, we were able to get a seat outside on the spectacular roof terrace and then move inside to a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows which gave electrifying views of London. All in all, alcohol with attitude and altitude, definitely worth a visit!
I have had a lot of sushi and this place beats them all. We had a try if Kobe beef here too and that was very nice indeed. The black cod was very yummy too. We also had the fillet of beef and found it very dry and not a great dish. All is all lovely and next time will only have sushi as it was the best.
Been here twice and very bad experience both times, Worst costomer service experience ever, very poor staff communiaction within them self, had to wait too long to get served and in second round after patiently waiting for 20 min at bar, barman just finishes his shift and he pass me to his colleague and he just didnt bother ,he started his shift by ignoring me completly so i had to tell him that i've been standing here for nearly 20 minuts and i was here first.and i just want a gin&tonic. he said he didnt see me standing, And i already said hi to next group,so i've to serve them first so wait until i finishis the group. Problaly another 20 minuts.
I CANCELLED MY RESERVATION AND WALKED OUT.!!
Never coming back here ever agin .!!
Been here for a night out with friends and not really impressed. We booked a table for 10pm and we've been seated at 11pm without any particular apologies. Food was quite nice but honestly not worth the price. Great view from the bar .
I haven't actually eaten here, but after the experience I've had with customer service, I never will. We wanted to increase a client lunch booking by one person on a table of four - not another two people, not another three or four, one only - and the restaurant flat-out refued to do it. We will never use them again.
This would be such a great place if they'd hire nice staff at the bar with the tree... We were waiting for 30 mins until decided to complain to the hostess who spoke with one of the bartenders to serve us immediately. Thank you for that, really! One of the bartenders was wearing sunglasses: SERIOUSLY? I am paying £15 + 12.5% service charge per cocktail for this treatment? I would advise people to avoid the bar at all cost. It looks pretty but the guys behind the bars were soooo slow, so not giving a s**t about any costumer. Why would I want to go there again?
The restaurant: TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORY. We were served by a Brazilian lovely man, and he even got the kitchen to write Happy Anniversary on our desert plate. If it wasn't for this nice waiter and the AMAZING FOOD, this would have been a ruined evening at SushiSamba, which is not cheap, trust me.
The view is also very lovely and it's worth going to Sushi Samba rather than the Shard :)
This was probably the best meal I have eaten in a long time. The location was amazing we turned up and they probably gave us one of the best tables in the room which was right next to the window with a fantastic view. We both felt a bit out of our depth with the menu but we made the best choices everything we selected was mouth watering. Then the service our waiter was helpful, polite and just what you need a waiter to be. I could not fault the place. Yes it is expensive but with all of the positives I don't mind paying good money for good food.
Overall superb decor, views, food and service! Only downside would be the cocktails we ordered which didn't really live up to their description on the menu or their price! The wine we had with dinner was very good however. I have to disagree with other reviewers when considering the service. The service we had was excellent - ordered cocktails on arrival and these were brought promptly to our table when we were shown to it. Service from waiting staff was attentive, friendly and efficient. The food itself was excellent - we had Sashimi, Sushi rolls, pork ribs, vegetable tempura and tacquito's over the course of our meal - all were exceptional in terms of quality and flavour. As others have said it is not a destination you would head to every week or month - go for a special occasion and enjoy the surrealness of it all! Definitely would recommend a visit.
So non-plussed I can hardly be bothered to write a review. On the plus side, the lift up and the view. The decor is fairly good. On the downside, everything else. And I mean EVERYTHING! Food is little better than a Harvester restaurant thought the presentation is better. Prices are scary (£42 for three cocktails), service is poor to average, door-staff are abrasive, reservations line is a joke and customer service non-existant. If this place wasn't on a rooftop and didn't show up as one of only three ove-prices, poor quality rooftop bars in London, it'd be empty. In a place like Singapore, it'd have gon out of business shortly after it opened.
A destination restaurant with a view to die for. The food is a little middle of the road for the prices they charge, the drinks are extortionate, but this is all part of the theatre of dining 38 floors above London. It's not something you do every week, or even every month. It's somewhere to go to experience a bit of glam. The staff can be a little snooty, but when you work somewhere like sushisamba you'll no doubt start to believe the hype. Well worth a visit. Just make sure you do it in style. Save up and go crazy. I recommend the three different meats on the hot stones.
Terrible. Bar staff were slow. When the order was taken, it was then forgotten, and we had to queue all over again as if we had just arrived. Finally served, and asked for the service charge removed. Request refused. Go for the view, but not because it's a quality bar. Because it isn't. If it was ground level it would be empty.
1. Very rude behaviour at the entrance. The blond girl responsible for the reservations at the ground floor on Saturday night the 8th of June let people without reservations get in through the reservations queue whilst there were 60 other people standing waiting in the cold. At one point the bouncer realized that she let people get in without any reservation and he told her off. The bouncers preferred to send the lift half-empty with people who ‘had’ reservations instead of letting in people who were waiting at the queue. The quality of a place is always reflected on the way its bouncers behave. This is the main reason I’m not gonna visit Sushi Samba again. 2. Astonishing view is the biggest + of the bar. The space is having architectural mistakes though; it is having an impressive and original interior design but the view is blocked at many places because of unfortunate interior solutions. 3. Prices are just ok for the quality of drinks. 4. The staff was polite enough (apart from the unfortunate behavior at the entrance of course).
Awesome ride up glass elevator and breathtaking views on arrival... but terrible cocktails, quite embarassing given the cost and after queing for ages at the bar watch out for the service charge added to the bill (perhaps this is to cover the cool elevator ride up? It certainly shouldn't be charged for being served by inexperienced guys at the bar!) Waiters clear drinks before they're finished. Hope this improves ahead of the summer because the terrace looks fantastic!
Fantastic, lift journey, service, staff, drinks , views , and most of all food! Can't wait to go back for more.
I've been at sushisamba on a Thursday night with my groups of friends. The lift gives you an astonishing views from the city and as soon you arrive there's a smilie hostess to welcome you. I arrived on the 39th floor and after secure a seat at the lounge We were ready to start our night drinking. Cocktails are pricey but reasonable considering the location. However drinks unfortunately do not match the prices. I' was recommended by one of the bar lady to have strawberry daiquiry like cocktail and a few more of the cocktail list but those came up over to sugary, not well presented and not even a napkin to make up the flavour. After convinced the security to let us move one floor up we discovered a Gemma known as duck and waffle. Cocktails are great and the views are amazing! Overall sushisamba it's a great place but It should trained their staff to match up their prices!
Waited at the bar for 20 minutes ordered a cocktail from a grumpy bar man and he added service to the bill, then we take our drinks to the table only to have them take one away before finishing and at £27 for two drinks (that were awful as well, tasted purely of barcardi and coke) we don't want our drink taken away. One of us being vegetarian ordered the corn dish, it was so bland I couldn't eat it. Then again wine glass was taken away before finishing. Ordered the spicy peppers, which weren't spicy but they tried to take away before finishing, service was terrible they would literally walk past the table and swipe things off it finished or not.. Will never go back. Nice view but as it was windy they wouldn't let us outside to see anyway. Best part of the night was the lift.
Very disappointed after looking forward so much to going to Sushi Samba. After waiting 15 minutes at the bar and paying £12 for a cocktail we were charged for service as well. The cocktail ended up being a rum and coke - most expensive rum and coke I have ever had! The food was just ok, nothing special and lacked flavour and then to top it off the waiting staff kept trying to clear food and out very expensive drinks before we were finished - it was very irritating. Will not be going back there and feel let down. The only highlight was the lift journey with a fantastic view of London.
I went to Sushisamba on Friday evening. I am Peruvian and very familiar with all three types of cuisine this restaurant offers. The view really is amazing, so I would definitely recommend people go and check it out, but only for a drink at the bar. I arrived early for my reservation so had a drink at the bar. Beware people! The cocktail waitress was so overwhelmed with orders that she made a mistake on 3 bills, including mine. She overcharged me by 10 pounds and overcharged another customer by twice as much. We also had to wait a very long time at the bar. Dinner was very pleasant and the waiters really made an exceptional effort. However, food-wise I was very disappointed with what they offered. The ceviche and tiraditos were incredibly bland, which saddened me because both of these dishes are truly amazing in taste. I recommed going to Lima for better tasting nouvelle cuisine Peruvian food. The sushi itself was normal, nothing out of this world. The best dish was perhaps the tuna tataki, although not spectacular in taste either. Overall, it was a good evening but the poor food and price paid does not justify going there for dinner. The views justify going there for a cocktail though.
Loved it!! It was pretty difficult to get a reservation, but worth the wait. I will definitely be back.
I've just been trying to get a response on their reservations phone line and email address for a while and it seems nobody ever wants to pick up or respond. After trying three different times and waiting over 20 minutes on hold each time, I decided the phone reservation wasn't the way to go. The bookings email was equally non-responsive. Don't know if I'll ever get a chance to actually try their food seeing as I can't even get in touch to make a booking.
Food was great but not worth the price. I love sushi but felt this place was trying way too hard to be different. Some dishes were amazing and some were disappointing. The space, the terraces, the views, the lifts.. all amazing. The service, once past the incredibly awful hostesses (just because you work at the hottest table in town, does not mean everyone is trying to sneak in..), was very attentive and good.