We’re in Amsterdam for a few days, staying at the new Soho House, which comes highly recommended. (You don’t need to be a member to stay there FY)I. A pleasant 20 minute stroll away is SUSHISAMBA.
We start with a Smoked Plum Negroni and green bean tempura with black truffle aioli (£8) out on the terrace. We’re right by the canal watching the peddle boat go by and it’s a gorgeous spot.
Inside, there are windows galore so you’re flooded with natural light. There’s a tall ceiling, a sushi counter in the middle and the signature orange SUSHISAMBA tree. It’s an attractive setup.
The menu is similar to London; vast and filled with things you want to eat. Sushi comes in a giant bowl which is quite the spectacle. Nigiri topped with toro (the fattiest of tuna bellies), yellowtail and steamed shrimp are exquisite.
Black cod (£39) comes with sweetcorn, maiz morada (that’s purple corn), polenta and ‘Sunday roast jus’. It’s an explosion of all that’s good in the world; sweet, sticky, salty, rich.
Yellowtail tiradito (£14) sees slices of fresh, tender fish topped with jalapeño and spicy lemongrass sauce. It’s a fiery little number. More of that yellowtail comes in crispy taquitos, this time cubed, with avocado and roasted corn miso (£15).
Lamb chops from the Robata grill (£24) are less successful. They’ve been pre-sliced which is a shame as they’re overcooked so have gone dry. Flavour is punchy at least; the sauce is like chocolate.
Wagyu gyoza (£14) are sweet and delicate; the fat from that meat dribbles down my chin as the delicate parcels burst in my mouth.
More ordinary but no less delicious is shrimp tempura (£15). The prawns impressively retain their crunch while being drenched in spicy mayo and black truffle vinaigrette.
I’ve been to the SUSHISAMBA in London’s Heron Tower a few times now and have never had a bad meal. It’s good to see the same level of exciting and colourful cooking and friendly, unpretentious service in Amsterdam too.
Would we go back? Yes