“Stay until 10 – it gets pretty wild in here”
According to the recent Sunday Times Rich List 2018, London has more multi-millionaires than ever before. Many of these high-rolling residents can be found cutting loose at Somosan Twiga, a polished four-storey restaurant, lounge and nightclub on Sloane Street. The Ecclestone sisters are regularly photographed slipping out of its enigmatic façade, while recent diners include Drake, Usain Bolt and Naomi Campbell.
Sumosan was previously the sushi darling of Mayfair, owned by Russian restauranteur Janina Wolkow. Its inventive and razor-sharp menu gained a loyal and high-profile clientele during its 16-year tenure. Wolkow relocated to Chelsea in 2016 and partnered with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, owner of the high-glitz Billionaire Club brand. Briatore helms gilded nightclubs in Dubai and Monte Carlo, the latter of which also houses a high-end Italian restaurant coined Twiga.
Thus Sumosan Twiga was born, serving a decadent split menu of fine Japanese and Italian cuisine, all with heady helpings of glamour. Mozzarella and miso may sound like an unlikely marriage, but it allows the unusual opportunity to dip into both genres, satisfying small and large appetites alike.
The menu is headlined by Sumosan's greatest hits, like crunchy rice "pizza", topped with spiced salmon and signature T&T (tuna and truffle), enveloped in rice and chopped mango. An opulent Billionaire Roll wraps wagyu beef with asparagus and black truffle, while a gargantuan black cod is glazed in miso.
Twiga’s menu is no less diverse, offering twirling strozzapreti and paccheri pasta with lobster and lamb ragout, alongside creamy ricotta, veal chops and Dover sole. The drinks menu is thoroughly comprehensive, showcasing London’s best selection of saké and Japanese whisky.
The food is excellent, but the nightly entertainment is what really sets this restaurant apart from its SW1 counterparts. On the night I visit, there is live music by Alessandro Ristori, a Gucci-clad Elvis lookalike with a sixties-fuelled soundtrack. By 11pm, the entire restaurant is on its feet, some on top of tables, jiving to a snake-hipped Ristori. For those seeking a larger dancefloor, there is a nightclub nestled in the basement. Where better to burn off those Billionaire Rolls?
165 Sloane Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 9QB, sumosantwigalondon.com