SUSHISAMBA Has A New Restaurant In Covent Garden And It’s Incredible

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SUSHISAMBA have launched their second London restaurant, and it sits atop the historic Market Building in Covent Garden.

SUSHISAMBA’s sky high Liverpool Street restaurant has been a raging success since opening its doors in 2012, but they opened a second London spot in the heart of Covent Garden in early November.

Photo: @bei.bei.wei
Photo: @bei.bei.wei

This exciting new opening is based on the same unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine as SUSHISAMBA’s current restaurants – and, of course, the space does not come without one of SUSHISAMBA’s signature spiral staircases. The restaurant, which sits within the famous Opera Terrace, runs along the entire east side of the market, meaning guests can enjoy stunning views across the piazza.

Photo: @katiefedz
Photo: @katiefedz

The East Opera Terrace was originally home to a number of glasshouses where exotic plants were sold, so, in honour of its history, there’s a beautiful ceiling installation featuring South American and Japanese plants. You’ll also find a bespoke light installation above the sushi bar, as well as a theatre-style open kitchen and an incredible red marble counter.

Photo: @dinemillennial
Photo: @dinemillennial

So, what’s the menu like?

Well, John Um, SUSHISAMBA’s Corporate Chef, says:

“We see the iconic nature of Covent Garden as a way for us to push our culinary creativity even further and put a fresh twist on this location that will individualise it from our other locations. SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden will have its own caché.”

There is, of course, a chance to try some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, such as the Brazilian Churrasco Rio Grande (ribeye, chorizo and aged picanha), the Moqueca Mista (a seafood stew with coconut and lime), and plenty of Japanese sushi and sashimi. And there are also some new dishes that are specific to the Covent Garden branch, including Pork Belly with butterscotch miso and Scallops with vanilla, jalapeño, mango and aji amarillo. 

Photo: @ks_ate_here
Photo: @ks_ate_here

I personally recommend the Yuca Plantation, a bizarre and beautiful dish that will surprise your senses in the best possible way; the Mushroom Tobanyaki made with Japanese mushrooms and a poached egg; and, for dessert, the Welcome To The Rainforest made with Asháninka coffee and chocolate.

Photo: @lohs.eat.london
Photo: @lohs.eat.london

What about the drinks?

You can expect a ridiculously large selection of sake, as well as some Japanese whiskies and an excellent menu of signature cocktails. Try the Tom Yam, a fiery creation made with vodka, coriander, ginger, lime and chilli, or the Lychee Cooler with vodka, lychee, coconut milk, vanilla and elderflower.

Location: 35 The Market, WC2E 8RF. Nearest station: Covent Garden. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: from November 1. Monday to Thursday, 11:30am-12:30am. Friday and Saturday, 11:30am-1am. Sundays, 11:30am-11:30pm. A pre-theatre menu is available from 5pm to 6.30pm all week.
Bookings: you can make a reservation here.
More information: from their website.

See also: these other brilliant Covent Garden restaurants.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.