The Handbook
The Handbook

The wait is nearly over, one of the most anticipated openings of the year is on the brink of throwing open the doors and we’ve got an advance look at what the Covent Garden restaurant will look like.

Guests climb the orange marble spiral staircase, lined with a massive street art mural of Japanese mythology, before they are deposited in the large 128-seater dining room with its three separate spaces. The black and white marble floors inspired by Oscar Niemeyer, leads though the main dining area with its living ceiling, covered in South American and Japanese plants and foliage, and on to the exposed kitchen, bustling with action  and drama, framed by Japanese lanterns and with its sushi bar.

The sushi bar is perfect for taking in the grandeur of the Covent Garden piazza below, and juxtaposes the classical outside with the Japanese ‘fan ceiling’ and modern design within. Throughout, too, there are bespoke pieces of art, created by a select group of international artisans using natural materials. Finally, the private room, with its copper metal curtains designed to draw guests’ eyes to the original exposed wooden beams. Head out onto the balcony or enjoy the double-sided mirrored interior with its Japanese screen panels.

The attention to detail won’t be lost on anyone, the table tops in parchment leather or liquid metal and the selenite stone pendant lights are stunning. As are the screens which cross the restaurant space, picked out in mother of pearl and eggshell, with designs that capture the vibrancy and spirit of the SUSHISAMBA brand.

We’ll be straight into the restaurant to try out the cuisine when it opens and will report back in the next week or so, but first reports are exciting, with the Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine we’ve come to love in Liverpool Street returning with some improvements (if such a thing were possible). Book now and experience it yourself.

35 The Market, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF