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Sumosan Twiga - a destination for lovers of exceptional food and extraordinary evenings

The connoisseurs amongst you will surely have visited the legendary restaurant/nightclub on Avenue Princesse Grace Grimaldi in Monaco, Twiga. The true Epicureans will also know the fabulous Sumosan restaurants that have outposts in Moscow, Dubai, Berlin and more. The two renowned hotspots from Monte Carlo and the globe have come together in equally fashionable Knightsbridge to create a destination for lovers of exceptional food and extraordinary evenings.

Sumosan restaurant by Alexander Wolkow, and his daughter Janina, creates a unique partnership with the iconic Flavio Briatore’s Twiga creating a multi award-winning restaurant renowned for its diverse offering of exceptional Japanese food and traditional Italian cuisine.

As you stroll past Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel on Sloane Street, the cognoscenti will head into the opulent surroundings that is Sumosan Twiga. From the outside and past the velvet ropes and red carpet you may mistake Sumosan Twiga as another trendy nightclub - but make no mistake - this is first and foremost a fine dining restaurant, albeit with fabulous music.

Occupying three floors on the former site of Monte’s and Baku nightclubs, the restaurant is celebrated for its electric and dynamic atmosphere. Sumosan Tiwga is part of the iconic ‘Billionaire Life’ - a innovative luxury-lifestyle and restaurant group whose establishments have become a byword for creative cuisine in tandem with eclectic entertainment. The restaurant will see the return of live music every Wednesday night from the 8th of September with the highly accomplished, French-Moroccan born performer, ‘Najwa and The Funk’, providing a multi-sensory occasion and a night of entertainment.

The interiors, designed by the architect Michele Bönan, reflects the prestigious and elegance of modern luxury Italian lifestyle. Ocean green padded chairs with white piping set off beautifully against the crisp white tablecloths and linens. Leather banquettes are dotted around the room for larger groups in this open and minimalist, elegant space.

We started the evening with a glass of Champagne accompanied by salted edamame and duck confit gyoza with a light ponzu sauce. We were lucky to be visiting on a Wednesday to experience the live music offering first hand. As the night went on each table was filled and the buzz in the air was palpable and added to our excitement of the night ahead.

While the pairing of Japanese and Italian cuisines may not seem blindingly obvious, at Sumosan Twiga it works beautifully. The menu is split down the middle: one side holds the Italian options, the other the Japanese. The menu which is headed up by newly appointed Executive Chef Alessandro Scala, previously of Coya, comprises of the freshest, seasonal produce.

We followed our starter with a Veal ‘tonnato’ with capers and a succulent selection of sashimi and maki rolls. So many of the chef’s skills from his time at both Coya and Zafferano were on full display.

Next, our waiter recommended we sample the home-made burrata and winter black truffle ravioli, with butter sauce and sage - it was truly memorable, evoking flavours of a night in Venice.

Freshly caught sea bass with aubergine and fried onions was light and fabulous, while the oven baked aubergine cooked with a miso sauce was a dish that I will savour and return to the restaurant to taste again and again.

Other items on the Italian menu consist of traditionally inspired dishes such as; Paccheri with lobster and home-made black truffle ravioli. The Japanese kitchen offers a contemporary menu, key dishes include Angus with yuzu and kosho butter and Alaskan marinated miso black cod.

An evening at Sumosan Twiga is much more than just going out for dinner. It is an night of discovery, exploring new flavours all to the backdrop of a cabaret performance - with fabulous and slick service to boot. I guess that’s truly the Billionaire Life!

Sumosan Twiga

165 Sloane Street

London, SW1


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