Suka Restaurant Review

Mimi ON Aug 14, 2009 AT 2:13 pm

Suka Restaurant

Suka Restaurant

By Claire Tamara Yates

There are some restaurants in London that just need to be on your list of places to try, even if just the once. Suka, set within the Sanderson Hotel, is definitely one of them. Offering a unique dining experience of modern Malaysian cuisine, we love this chic urban hotspot for its style and dramatic setting – dine alfresco in the Courtyard Garden Terrace then sip your cocktails at the high tables of the Long Bar.

Created by acclaimed New York chef Zak Pelaccio, Suka’s menu is served in typical Asian sharing style. Dishes are grouped on the menu by category – seafood, fish, pork, poultry, beef/lamb and vegetarian. You may have read some bad press, but we have to say that on the whole, it’s still a restaurant that we visit time and time again for the all round experience – a delicious variety of food, funky atmosphere and stylish crowd.

There are so many dishes that we love here that it’s hard to give you highlights. Some of our favourites include the Suka Tuna Tartare served with a soy lime vinaigrette, ciabatta crisps and black pepper pineapple pickle (£13); the rib-eye skewers marinated in sesame and chilli oil (£13), and the Spiced Watermelon Salad with watermelon, chilli and spring onion with hoi sin sauce (£6). The menu recommends three dishes per person, but it’s hard to whittle it down. Other must-eats are the Suka Sliced Tenderloin Steak, with spiced onion salad, shaved pickle garlic and chilli jus (£19) and the Terlagi-Lagi chilli soft shell crab with toasted brioche (£15) – all deserving of praise, but some a little on the pricey side. There are some let-downs though – the Crispy Pork Belly offerings (£14) are quite fatty and lacking in flavour, whilst the Green Papaya Salad (£8) is a little overbearing.

The restaurant can be noisy (not something we minded but we know it’s not for everyone) so if you want a romantic setting, definitely eat alfresco in the sanctuary of the Courtyard Garden, where tables and chairs are flanked by a lush oasis of flowering trees, fountains and mosaics – idyllic. Elegant white and grey marble tables and linen-covered benches scatter the wooden decked terrace, giving a feeling of the Mediterranean.  

Suka is definitely one to sample in London, whether for a special occasion or a relaxed evening with friends. Although people balk at the prices, it is possible to have a 2-course meal with wine for under £60. The new Bento Box menu offers something for everyone and is reasonably priced from £10-15 – easily enough for a full meal – although we recommend leaving space for the Kaffir Lime Chocolate Fondant (£5) for pudding – really bad but oh so good.

Suka @ Sanderson Hotel , 50 Berners Street, London W1T 3NG
+ 44 (0) 207 300 1444

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