Sunday, 13 January 2019

SUSHISAMBA, Covent Garden.

A few weeks ago my travel and food buddy, Jasiminne, returned to me! After months of moping around London longing for the sweet sound of her randomly bursting into song while she sashayed around Malaysia, we decided to celebrate her return with over-priced sushi at the new Sushisamba in Covent Garden. 

The restaurant itself is located in the upper section of the Piazza, where Raymond Blanc's restaurant used to be. Sushisamba have turned it into a magical haven of calm, with an entry-bar full of hanging plants and flowers, and then three clear sections of the restaurant all flowing into one another. There's also an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the sushi and sashimi!

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden Restaurant Interior

We took a seat and started with a delicious and refreshing lychee mocktail before ordering a varied selection of delicious dishes. The restaurant itself is absolutely stunning and such a tranquil setting above the bustling Covent Garden market.

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden Lychee Cocktail
SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden bar
SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

Isn't the design just glorious?! *heart eyes*

Moving onto the food, we had...

Yellowtail and Lobster Taquitos. This was my favourite of the whole lot! Zesty and fresh, the fish was divine and the dressing even more so. A must-order in my humble opinion.

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden taquitos

Tuna ceviche, which was also delicious, if slightly earthy tasting. 

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden tuna ceviche

Heritage Carrots, which was an interesting one. When it first arrived Jasiminne and I both looked at each other with bemused expressions on our faces, but then we tasted them and we ended up scraping the plate clean of each tiny roasted quinoa kernel.

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden heritage carrots

Samba Covent Garden sushi rolls, which consisted of soft shell crab with hamachi, yuzu tobiko, and avocado. These were incredible and one of the most interesting sushi rolls I've ever had. I'm not a huge spice-lover but these had a satisfying kick to them!

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden sushi

Toro (tuna belly) sashimi, which, as always, melted in our mouths.

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden tuna belly sashimi

And finally we finished with sharing the incredible Chocolate Banana Cake with maple butter and vanilla rum ice-cream. This was hands down my favourite dish after the Taquitos! It was SO moreish and tasted absolutely heavenly. Definitely one for those with an insane sweet tooth like me!

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden dessert

We really loved our lunch at the new Sushisamba in Covent Garden. It was an easy 4-minute walk from my office, and the design of the restaurant had me in a trance as I gazed around the restaurant all gooey-eyed and dutifully placed sushi roll after sushi roll into my mouth. Sushisamba is definitely a splurge place for a special occasion though, as our meal came to £70 each (and that was sharing all the above dishes), but well worth it for our Christmas reunion! I won't, however, be popping in for regular random lunches haha.

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden entrance

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