It’s perhaps little known that Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside Japan – around 1.6m; and so, to celebrate the Olympics with gourmet Rio de Janeiran verve for those who can’t fly out to join in the festivities, Sushisamba will be bringing a Japanese-Brazilian-infused taste of the games to London.
Executive chef Cláudio Cardoso has put together a menu of cocktails and cuisines inspired by Brazilian street food, which will be available in the restaurant’s 39th-floor bar, lounge and Tree Terrace from the start of the games on Friday August 5 to their finale on Sunday August 21 – when the opening and closing ceremonies will be live screened.
Drinks include the Kaffirinha (£13), inspired by the classic Brazilian Caipirinha but adding punchy kaffir lime leaves to the usual mix of cachaça and sugar, and the Batida de Mango (£13), which offers a different take on the cachaça base, blending in mango cream and passion fruit with herbal Bénédictine liqueur.
Passing on the cachaça baton to the food menu (and why not?), the pastéis (£9) are a puffed snack made of dough flavoured with the Brazilian national tipple and lime zest, while another Brazilian favourite, bacalhau (dried and salted cod), is rolled into extremely moreish bolinhos de bacalhau (£12, pictured), a spicy mix involving potato, onion and coriander.
For the lusciously light yellowtail nigiri (£12), Cardoso has added a dash of lime and coconut to inject the sushi stalwart with a more tropical flavour. And proceedings are rounded off with a solid-gold dessert in the shape of sugar-coated rabanadas – French toast topped with passion-fruit ice cream and pineapple.
Let the games begin…