olive’s Boozy Lunch of the Week: Sushisamba

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Not every man can carry off huge designer specs. Claudio Cardoso looks like he was born wearing them. The new chef at Sushisamba is certainly making his mark on the Heron’s Tower’s 39th floor. While some dishes from the original menu remain, including the controversial El Topo roll (salmon, jalapeno, shiso leaf with – really? – melted mozzarella and crispy onion), he’s also added his own updates. And they’re no less indulgent. There’s wagyu takaki: seared beef with a wodge of melting foie gras, aji panca - the smoky Peruvian chilli - and a fried quail’s egg. Or how about a sublime turbot tiradito, topped with cubes of brioche, ponzu, sea water caviar and truffle oil. From the robata, Chilean seabass anticuchos are coated with miso, delicately charred and come with a spoon of giant corn.

The mix of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian-influenced dishes makes the menu tricky to navigate but luckily, your beaming waiter will guide you through it: service here is full-on friendly. If you want your photo taken with jaw-dropping views of London in the background they’re not too cool to do you a favour.

Bored of wine, don’t fancy beer? The sommelier can match a sake to each dish, including the limoncello-like ‘Yuzu-Shu’ that’s great with the pudding menu’s highlight. Yuzu meringue tart, a riff on lemon meringue pie featuring a sugar bulb filled with yuzu cream looks astounding, and tastes even more so.

In high-uppy restaurants it’s always a job to deflect attention from stunning views onto the food. Cardoso may just have cracked it.

When to go - whenever you can get a table: book WAY ahead

Who to take - your most glamorous pal: it’s a dressy spot

What not to miss - the cool outdoor champagne bar