The Handbook
The Handbook
SUSHISAMBA London, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, tel 020 3640 7330

We’re about to make you soy hungry, so if you’re stuck at the desk for the next few hours then avert your eyes…

SUSHISAMBA City was my location for the night last week, as I zipped up 39 floors (eek, not one for those with vertigo) to arrive at its sushi-filled doors. Upon entry, you’re elevated to new heights, figuratively and literally, submerged in 360-degree city views that span across to Canary Wharf, the Shard and the Gherkin. The space is a tapestry of outdoor-in elements; the structural orange tree on the west terrace being the SUSHISAMBA staple that delights Instagram feeds.

It was in fact my first time to the restaurant, a fact which often shocks my pals as the eatery aficionado that I (like to think) I am, and I loved its vibe from the off. Upon entry, concentrated cooks whip up maki rolls by the minute and a hubbub of first daters to seasoned anniversary celebrators sit looking on. Fusing specialities from Brazil and Peru with Japanese favourites, Sushisamba style, the fare on offer not only tastes great but looks awesome too.

My reason for visiting was to try their brand spanking new bottle-conditioned cocktail menu and, never one to turn down a tipple, I jumped at the opportunity to sit terrace-side in this famed, orange-hued foodie castle above the clouds. Proceedings began with a cherry blossom negroni serve, as most proceedings should! The light, summery serve including Bombay Sapphire, Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino and Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter is infused with cherry blossom and whet the whistle for the sumptuous sushi en route.

The robust new selection of bottle-conditioned cocktails, courtesy of Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development Rich Woods and his watchful eye, booms with alternative and intriguing flavours such as salted maple and burnt coconut. Go ahead and sample a few, or as SUSHISAMBA expertly recommend, opt for a ‘more-the-merrier’ full bottle – cheeky!

Of course being up that high, tipsiness and vertigo likely won’t go hand-in-hand, so perhaps best the bolster bellies with sushi… what else? The terrace and bar menu allows you to pick between various sushi platters (ugh, the dream!), vegetarian included, and you get a whole lot of bang for your buck! My Kappa Maki was a sushi dream come true, with cucumber, truffle tofu cream and mustard cress, but the one I’d return for has to be the Omakase Nigiri with roasted bell pepper, eringi mushroom and nasu miso – a lip smacker!

Whilst we didn’t go whole SUSHISAMBA City hog and dine in the restaurant, if you want to catch the vibes of the staple spot then a terrace experience equipped with cocktails and sushi platters does just the job. We adored it, and you will too!

SUSHISAMBA City can be found at 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY,