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Anniversary: Sushi Samba – Heron Tower, London

Saturday 16th September 2016 marked 3 years of our relationship and of course, we just had to celebrate in style. There are many places in the world we want to eat and if you’ve read our post on where we would eat if we won the lottery, you’d know that Sushi Samba was on that list.


A few weeks ago, we didn’t have a solid plan on what we wanted to do and due to having travelled around Europe and spent so much money, we were happy to take it easy for our anniversary. But little did I know the romantic James had booked us a table here at Sushi Samba for lunch.

Sushi Samba is located on the 38th floor of Heron Tower, which we have been to a few times before for Duck & Waffle, which is on the 40th floor. Tables get booked up here months in advance, so we were extremely lucky when we checked about 4 weeks ago when a table for 12noon popped up – we snapped that up as soon as possible! It was quiet when we first arrived, although it quickly filled up in the couple of hours we were there. We bagged a table with a fantastic view spanning the entirety of London, and could even spot where we’d be heading afterwards – we stayed in an AirBnb that night in Stratford. 

Anyone who’s had it before will know that any kind of sushi doesn’t come cheap, so coming to a place like this is always going to burn a considerable whole. We gave ourselves a budget of £100, and  chose accordingly. The bill ended up coming to £127, but with service charge and our inability to resist dessert, we couldn’t complain and we did not regret it one bit. The meal was amazing. 

Edamame – soybean, volcanic salt, lime – £5

Salt and Pepper Squid – dry miso, shichimi, sea salt, crispy garlic, smoked soy – £13

We kicked things off with edamame and salt and pepper squid – to be honest with you whilst we enjoyed it, we felt the squid could’ve done with more flavour as it came across as quite bland. But thankfully, that is where the criticism ends.

Next up we shared one of the large plates – Sea Bass Tempura. The fish was beautifully tender and almost melted in the mouth, and the vegetables gave all the kicks and different textures you could hope for. The sauce contained in a pipette tube to drizzle over was pretty cool too!

Sea Bass Tempura- heritage tomatoes and beetroot seviche, aji verde, lime – £29

To follow the large plate, we chose two Samba rolls, this based on that the Samba London seemed to be their signature classic and included a lot of different varieties of fish, and the California Maki on the basis that we both love crab, but hardly ever have it. We agreed that this was our favourite out of the lot. The wasabi and Japanese mayo added great twists to the taste of each roll, although they probably didn’t need it. Packed with flavour and quality ingredients, it was the best sushi we have ever had.

Samba London – crab, tuna, salmon, white fish, prawn, avocado, tempura crunch, rice cracker, Japanese pickles, wasabi mayo, aji panca, soy reduction – £16

California Maki – snow crab, cornish brown crab, cucumber, avocado, sesame, japanese mayo, truffle oil – £11

As we always do, we decided to “just have a look” at the dessert menu, but Jessica convinced us to get the assorted mochi – it was a really good choice! The restaurant knew it was our anniversary so made the special effort to congratulate us in the form of white chocolate! Each ball had a different flavour of ice cream and all were delicious. It was the perfect end to a fantastic meal.

Assorted Mochi – soft japanese rice cake filled with ice cream served with a warm white chocolate sauce – £9

Once you’ve had a good range of it, it’s easy to tell when sushi is quality and when it’s not. Having been to Sticks n Sushi a couple of times in Covent Garden, it made us very excited to see how it would compare to Sushi Samba. Their food is more or less on par, but the setting, views and experience of Sushi Samba sets it far above the rest – literally!

Check out the video below of our anniversary…

Food: ★★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★★★

Toilets: ★★

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32 Comments

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      It was such a lovely surprise, the best meal!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  1. Llinos Thomas
    September 20, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    What a fab anniversary meal! Also you know the coolest venues to eat in London.

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      It was amazing! We do try, that's the best thing about London though – there's so many places to go!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. Emily
    September 20, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    That's a shame about the pepper squid, but it sounds like the rest of the meal more than made up for it! And you really cannot beat the views from your table. Atmosphere is everything! So glad you got to celebrate in style!xxEmilyemilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      The rest of the meal defo made up for it and that view too! It was amazing!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Antonia
    September 20, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    This sounds like a perfect anniversary surprise. I've never tried sushi and I would really like to. Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Sushi isn't for everyone but when you've tried the best, you'll love it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Girly Gabble
    September 20, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Oh wow that place actually looks amazing! �� I have tried to like Sushi but really can't help but screw my face up when I eat it �� xo

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Girl, you need to try the good stuff! James used to be the same, but I've converted him!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Jay Xo
    September 20, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    This looks to die for. I'm a sushi newbie and had no idea it cost that much xJay / jayxoblogs.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      The best of the best is crazy expensive but it's so worth it when we can afford it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Girl In Gamba
    September 20, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    This place looks absolutely divine! And that sushi looks so delicious! Such a nice place for an anniversary!-GGwww.girlingamba.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Couldn't have picked anywhere better to spend our anniversary!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. Corinne & Kirsty
    September 20, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Sounds like you had a great anniversary! look at the restaurant! And the food! everything looks so good and tasty! xx corinne

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      We had the best time! Such a great location!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. Rachael Shortt
    September 20, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    That is an INSANE amount to spend on sushi, I could never imagine spending that on food, that's like two weeks full shop! But it does look like an absolutely incredible experience. I loved your mini vlog, you look like you had an incredible two days! Happy late anniversary! PaleGirlRambling xo

    • Food and Baker
      September 20, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much! It was defo a lot for sushi but it was for the occasion and pretty damn good sushi tbf!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. Victoria
    September 24, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Cute. I don't eat anything that lives in the sea but I love SushiSamba for cocktails and views!

    • Food and Baker
      September 25, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Haha fair enough! Cocktails and view are worth it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Sarah Ann
    September 25, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    The view and cocktails look amazing. The perfect place for an anniversary meal.

    • Food and Baker
      September 25, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Defo the perfect anniversary meal and location!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  11. abbeylouisarose
    September 25, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Happy Anniversary, you two! James, you look so dapper with your pocket square and Jessica, you look as radiant as ever! I absolutely love how bright, colourful, and aesthetically appealing your meals were, especially the California Maki! Yummm! How cute of the restaurant to write a happy anniversary message on your dessert too, that's a lovely touch! I'm so glad that you found the meal worth the extra £27 – the views from the restaurant are gorgeous too!Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      September 25, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! Aww thank you again and again! You are too sweet! The meal was so worth it, especially for the views and the food was simply amazing!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  12. Jenny
    September 27, 2017 / 10:02 am

    I absolutely love sushi and this has my mouth watering. Hope you had a lovely anniversary (: xx

    • Food and Baker
      September 29, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Sushi is so good isn't it? We had the best time, thank you!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  13. Kate Winthrop
    September 28, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    Awww you guys are honestly such couple goals! I think we've spoken before about our love of Heron Tower – and I *still* haven't been to Sushi Samba which is crazy as sushi is my absolute favourite! That Tempura looks IN-credible, and how sweet of them to go the extra mile with dessert! Amazing photos as always! Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      September 29, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Aww you're so sweet! Thank you! Ugh it's amazing, you need to get yourself up there ASAP!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  14. kate h
    September 29, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I only tried sushi once years ago but I would like to have some again. That restaurant seems like a lovely place. The dessert in particular looks delicious, I love both ice cream and white chocolate!! Happy Anniversary!

    • Food and Baker
      September 29, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      If you want the best of the best, this is the place to be but it's defo pricey! Thank you so much!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  15. Ashlee Moyo
    October 27, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    Congrats on your 3rd year anniversary, wishing you many many many more!Great food and great views. I haven't had such a variety of sushi before so I might give it a try.Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you so much lovely!Such is life and quality such makes all the difference of course!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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