W Edinburgh, in the St James Quarter, has announced that bookings are now open for the first tables across all its restaurants and bars ahead of the hotel’s November launch, including the SUSHISAMBA restaurant and a Brazilian-inspired speakeasy cocktail bar, called Joao’s Place.
SUSHISAMBA mixes the three distinct cultures of Japan, Brazil and Peru offering Japanese tempura and sushi, Brazilian churrasco and moqueca, and Peruvian anticuchos and seviches – all incorporating local Scottish produce which have been the menu’s inspiration.
Specialities will include robata grilled Highland Wagyu Flat Iron with honey soy, Loch Fyne Oysters Teriyaki, and the Samba Edinburgh Roll. Meanwhile the cocktail list includes a collection of premium sake and a Scottish and Japanese whiskys.
The W Lounge itself, with 360-degree views of Edinburgh and an open-air rooftop W deck, aims to be the ‘social epicentre of the hotel’. The Gaelic cuisine here focuses on the produce of Scotland, Ireland & Wales and the sweet menu includes the Baked Ben Nevis. The cocktail menu also leans into the myths and creatures of the Gaelic nations. Tipples on offer include Èiridh – The Rising) and Ùrachadh – Awakening.
Finally, Joao’s Place. A speakeasy offering Brazilian-inspired cocktails with a terrace that has outdoor fire features and views over the city.
Ken Millar, General Manager at W Edinburgh said, “We can’t wait to unveil W Edinburgh’s dining concepts and welcome SUSHISAMBA to the city. The acclaimed restaurant will offer our guests and visitors a Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian gastronomic experience unlike anything else in Edinburgh, in parallel with our unique 360-panoramic terrace views.
“Our aim is to celebrate the city’s culture and history – as you’ll see through our W Lounge menu – but also offer brand new horizons for locals and visitors alike.”