Sushisamba have finally opened their second restaurant in Covent Garden – and it’s approximately 40 floors below the original.
Reaffirming the brand’s apparent hatred of the ground itself, it’s nestled in the famed Opera Terrace overlooking Covent Garden’s Market square – in fact, they’ve bussed in a team of architects to completely rejig the entire glass facade, deck out an open-air terrace, and fit a ‘living ceiling’ to the whole thing. The result is a glittering stretch of black and white tiled flooring; a shimmering gold ceiling and intimate velvet banquette seating hugging the walls.
Given the insane popularity of their first London spot, they’re not straying too far from their signature fusion of Japanese/Latin cuisine – but you’ll find new dishes like yuca with sweet potato and ‘smoke emulsion’; scallop ceviche with pickled mandarin; robata grilled chicken heart and a number of new vegan dishes gracing the menu alongside their usual taquitos; anticuchos (Peruvian grilled skewered meats), and, naturally, sushi. They’re all plated up at the open kitchen, framed by Japanese lanterns, at the restaurant’s heart.
And just to tempt you away from leaving too soon, you’ll find the cocktail bar right by the entrance, underneath that ‘living ceiling’ of cascading Japanese and South American plants. Under this canopy they’re putting together cocktails like the Japanese Americano, with preserved cherry blossom-infused Campari, rose vermouth, lychee and plum; and the pisco, yuzu and orgeat-drenched Little Pedro.
Just try to keep yourself grounded.
NOTE: Sushisamba Covent Garden is open daily. You can make a booking and find out more HERE.
Sushisamba Covent Garden | 35 The Market, WC2E 8RF
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