Part of John Malkovich’s Bica do Sapato restaurant, this balcony sushi bar is an ideal choice for those in search of a stylish but swift pre-club pit stop. The menu extends way beyond traditional sushi and sashimi dishes, and attempts to recreate a culinary fusion first embarked upon when the Portuguese entered Japanese lands in 1542. On paper the concept sounds great; in reality it’s slightly disappointing.
A whirlwind of creative flavours collide and compete for attention, resulting in an upsetting absence of taste. As far as sushi goes, it’s only marginally better than Prêt à Manger or Marks & Spencer’s Bento Box. That said, those dishes are immaculately prepared works of art and could even outshine the fashion-conscious cliques who dine. Like the restaurant downstairs the atmosphere is lively, but suited to smaller groups. A light start to a heavy night.