There’s only one place to start in the City: right at the top. Shoot up the Heron Tower in a glass-walled lift to Sushisamba where you’ll be confronted with phenomenal 360 degree views of the city and a rather mesmerising close up of the Gherkin. There couldn’t be a better way to get into the heart of the city and the rooftop bar, with a tree sculpture that sparkles after sunset is pretty spectacular.
The food, a fusion of Peruvian, Japanese and Brazilian cooking, is equally as enchanting: try the shrimp tempura with snap pea julienne and spicy mayo and you’ll understand why head chef Claudio Cardoso considers it his speciality. Or if seafood isn’t your thing, the picanha tataki (foie gras and quail egg served with ají panca) is well worth the embarrassment of trying to pronounce the dish to the waiter. Using only the finest ingredients, flavours are fresh, zingy and light, and all the dishes are presented with such creative flair they wouldn’t look out of place in a modern art gallery.
There’s simply no denying it though; when you come to SushiSamba, you come for the experience. There’s nothing quite like sipping cocktails, 39 floors high in the sky and the cocktails themselves are other-worldly creations. With options like the Café Millonario, where coffee-washed dark rum is shaken with Tonka bean infused maple syrup, dark chocolate and a shot of espresso, the drinks list is filled with flavours you would never have thought to put together. But they work – boy oh boy, they work.
With reflections from surrounding buildings lighting up the lofty interior in a blaze of colours, it’s glossy, shiny and totally dazzling. And even if the glitz and glam isn’t your thing, you’d have to be a real fun-sponge to not be a little bit impressed. It’s certainly a splash-out affair (and by that we mean serious $$$) but that view is one for the bucket list.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY