Sushi and samba may seem like the most natural couple now, but when Sushisamba launched, back in 2012, along with Heron Tower roomies Duck & Waffle, we didn’t quite get it. Back then, in the days when the Queen parachuted from helicopters, Obama was more than a memory and the word Brexit didn’t even exist, it seemed a little strange. We might not have known any more about Peruvian food than the fact that Paddington loves marmalade, Brazil was basically nuts, right? While sushi was only just coming of age, but we were willing to give things a try. Six years later we’re fully on board, which is presumably why Sushisamba have waited until now to launch a second restaurant, Sushisamba Covent Garden.
The latest installation in this Peruvian, Brazilian, Japanese crossover will overlook the rooftops of the iconic Covent Garden piazza from the grade II listed Market House. And boy, we can’t wait.
Firstly, the menu will be an extension of their already hit cuisine, enjoyed not only at their London home in Bishopsgate, but also across the pond in both Miami and Vegas (baby). But, inspired by the unique creativity of Covent Garden – home to the Royal Opera House and at the heart of the West End – expect a fresh twist on their traditional menus. Yes their signature dishes like Brazilian Churrasco will still be very much a thing, as will be the samba roll El TopoⓇ, which they’re so proud of they trademarked, but there will be new food too. Like a pork belly with butterscotch miso or scallops with vanilla, jalapeño, mango and aji amarillo. Octopus with aji panca, peppers and nori? Don’t mind if we do.
Drinks will be the usual, extensive, list of sakes, plus a bunch of specially developed cocktails. And as for the surroundings, it should come as no surprise that it’s going to be as innovative as their original location. Someone carted that massive tree up the Heron Tower, so expect that as a base-level of awesome when it comes to their next endeavour, and they’ll be top-trumping this with a ‘live ceiling’ installation, featuring South American and Japanese plants.
The 9,000 square foot venue will run along the entire east side of the market with an Eric Parry-designed glass roof offering incredible views of this world famous location. The interior is the work of Will Erens and the acclaimed Antwerp-based Too Many Agencies.
What promises to be one of London’s most exciting openings comes in November and they’re already taking bookings. So what are you waiting for?
SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden, 35 The Market, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF