Tucked away at its smart Sloane Street address, Sumosan Twiga introduces a unique dining concept. A fresh new entry to London’s vibrant dining scene. Kensington Mums was invited for a mother and daughter dinner a few weeks ago to experience their fusion Italian and Japanese cuisine east meets west menu.
Sumosan Twiga is located in the smart west London hub of Knightsbridge, founded by global hospitality partners, Flavio Briatore and Janina Wolkow. The restaurant celebrates a colourful pairing of traditional Italian and contemporary Japanese cuisine with no reference to ‘fusion’.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the general manager Federico Bonetti who showed us around the restaurant. It is set across three floors, Sumosan Twiga offers a separate lounge, bar and restaurant serving Sumosan’s renowned Japanese menu alongside quintessential Italian cuisine.
The decoration is very elegant, bright and welcoming, designed by Italian architect Michele Bonan, renowned for his work with the Ferragamo family and subsequent elite global hospitality and residential projects. Sumosan Twiga combines the Italian spirit and traditional culinary flavours of Monaco’s famed Twiga restaurant with the reputation of Mayfair’s legendary Japanese favourite ‘Sumosan’.
As we sat at our table on the first floor, around 8.30pm for dinner the restaurant started getting busy and soon it was a full house. The light open space is predominantly monochrome and elegantly dressed from the ground up with hand-crafted Italian furnishings in cool greys and pops of bronze.
Booking is highly recommended.
Our waiter went through two menus with the very best considered dishes from east to west which synonymous with the Sumosan brand in London, Moscow and Dubai. The menu serves favourites and new creations from Sumosan alongside timeless Italian classic dishes by Emanuele.
Furthermore, Sumosan Twiga will offer an unrivalled saké list and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskies. The wider wine list will feature the best of the old and new worlds.
The second floor at Sumosan Twiga changes the mood to a rich, sensual setting where a large seductive bar is flanked by walls of dark embellished woods and mirrors. Cocoon-like leather chairs and velvet banquettes set the scene for long indulgent dinning for both lunch and dinner guests.
The bar at Sumosan Twiga, lavishly stocked including over 40 scotch-whiskies, is hosted by Napolitano mixologist Dario Ciaramella. Dario is responsible for creating some of London’s finest cocktails from timeless classics to the signature ‘Sumosan Boulevardier’.
What we ordered
For starters, we had ordered salted edamame, Rock Shrimp Tempura with Yuzu Sallad and Fresh artichoke salad with shaved parmesan. The edamame were crunchy and salty just as they should be. The shrimp tempura was a bit spicy for my liking. The artichoke salad was skilfully prepared using only fresh ingredients.
For mains, we had shared an Alaskan black cod with miso, which is my favourite of all time. It came perfectly cooked to perfection and tasted divine. We also had Grilled seasonal vegetables and as Kate, director of PR highly recommended it.
We also opted to taste a small plate of pasta, the decadent home-made strozzapreti with sea bass and lemon sauce which melted in your mouth. Everything was so fresh and the handmade pasta, made by the restaurants Italian chef, simply outstanding. Other pasta favourites include the renowned Paccheri with Lobster.
By the time we were done, we were stuffed, but again Kate had recommended we try the tiramisu which came with small chocolate balls.
You can look at the Sumosan Twiga menu here.
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The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner each day, Sumosan Twiga is a gastronomic residence with a unique spirit nurtured by its charismatic founders. Together they master a relaxed ‘joie de vivre’ approach to their gourmet concept. Its impeccable service team is headed up by General Manager Federico Bonetti.