My friend managed to get a table booking for Sushi Samba for early dinner. It’s on our eat our way through London list, so we had to to it.
The restaurant and bar is at the top of Heron Tower on Bishopsgate. The glass lift at the ground floor whisks you up to the 38th floor in less time then a sentence, I think it’s about 30 secs. The view from the lift as you ascend is pretty spectacular. When the door opens, you arrive into a little foyer and walk round the corner to enter the bar and sushi bar which opens out to the terrace on one side and there’s stairs to take you up another few floors. I went straight into the dining area because I was slightly late. I was shown to the table where I joined my friends. The space is huge with high ceilings that have kind of vaulted criss cross wood beams and pendent lights that look like stars. The restaurant is enclosed with glass on 3 sides so there is almost an unobstructed view of London whilst you dine.
The waiters were attentive and polite. I’m vege so I didn’t try their signature sushi dish but there were enough vege selections on the menu. I went straight for sake, it’s a clean, easy drink that goes well with Japanese. My friends had a cocktails which they said was disappointing. However, the food was incredible but my highlight was the dessert which was heavenly. The description on the menu does not do the dessert any justice. The pairing of the taste and textures were just delightful. Something more thought out then just a plain and simple chocolate cake.
After dinner we went to check out the rest of the place. Outside on the terrace there is a view of the Gerkin. Upstairs, is another bar and lounge with a DJ. The top floor is their sister restaurant Duck and Waffle which surprisingly stays open 24 hours. The bar closes at 3am because of the alcohol licence. It’s definitely a place worth checking out just to tick off your list!