W Hotels Worldwide, celebrated for its commitment to delivering extraordinary luxury experiences, is set to cast a captivating spell over Edinburgh’s vibrant culinary scene with the highly anticipated opening of W Edinburgh.
As part of Marriott Bonvoy’s illustrious portfolio of 31 brands, W Edinburgh aspires to infuse the city with newfound vitality and gastronomic brilliance, promising an unparalleled journey through the culinary landscapes of Scotland and the world.
SUSHISAMBA: Where Culinary Magic Happens
At the epicentre of W Edinburgh’s gastronomic transformation lies SUSHISAMBA, a culinary powerhouse born from the harmonious blend of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian influences. This exquisite restaurant is poised to redefine Edinburgh’s gastronomic landscape by offering an eclectic menu that transcends borders.
SUSHISAMBA’s menu is a tantalizing journey through Japanese tempura, Brazilian churrasco, Peruvian anticuchos, and much more. With a commitment to offering a delightful experience for every palate, SUSHISAMBA invites guests to embrace a shared dining adventure.
What sets SUSHISAMBA apart is its dedication to utilizing the finest local Scottish produce. This harmonious fusion of international flavours with local ingredients ensures that each dish is a unique masterpiece. The restaurant boasts an open kitchen and a fiery robata grill that adds flair and flavour to perfectly roasted meats, vegetables, and fish. The small-plate style of service encourages guests to share their culinary discoveries.
Among the culinary treasures that await guests are robata-grilled Highland Wagyu Flat Iron with honey soy, Loch Fyne Oysters Teriyaki, and the Samba Edinburgh Roll—an homage to the city itself. Complementing the cuisine is an impressive cocktail list, featuring premium sake and a selection of both Scottish and Japanese whiskies.
The restaurant’s dynamic interiors feature a stunning dining room and an outdoor terrace that offers panoramic views of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline. A bespoke mural by a local artist graces the private dining room, while the iconic SUSHISAMBA orange tree sculpture welcomes guests as they step into the space, setting the stage for a memorable experience of cuisine, music, and design.
W LOUNGE: A Gastronomic Journey with a View
W Lounge, another culinary gem within W Edinburgh, promises to be the social epicentre of the hotel. With its unobstructed 360-degree views of Edinburgh, it offers an unrivalled backdrop for guests to indulge in the finest produce from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
From dawn till dusk, the sharing concept menu at W Lounge celebrates the city’s diverse flavours and locally sourced produce. Dishes such as Grilled West Coast Razor Clams with Seaweed & Citrus Butter and Perthshire Venison Loin with Celeriac showcase the essence of Edinburgh’s gastronomy. The Sweets menu features a delightful signature creation: Baked Ben Nevis.
What makes W Lounge truly enchanting is its inventive cocktail menu that draws inspiration from Gaelic myths and creatures—a reflection of the rich tapestry of the Gaelic nations. Guests can savour unique concoctions like Èiridh – The Rising and Ùrachadh – Awakening while enjoying the thoughtfully designed space.
JOAO’S PLACE: A Hidden Gem of Mixology
Completing the trifecta of dining experiences at W Edinburgh is Joao’s Place, a secret speakeasy inspired by the São Paulo neighbourhood of Liberdade. It offers a unique and intimate setting for patrons to explore Brazilian-inspired cocktails and pioneering mixology.
This intimate space exudes warmth and charm with its low lighting, lounge music with a Brazilian twist, and vinyl selections. Guests can choose to relax on comfortable couches, enjoy tableside service, or sit at the bar. An expansive terrace with outdoor fire features provides stunning views of the city, making it an ideal spot to unwind.
Ken Millar, General Manager at W Edinburgh, shares his excitement about the hotel’s dining concepts, especially the addition of SUSHISAMBA to the city’s culinary landscape. He emphasizes the aim to celebrate Edinburgh’s culture and history while offering new horizons to both locals and visitors. W Edinburgh invites guests to embark on a culinary adventure that honours the city and allows them to create lasting gastronomic memories.
W Edinburgh stands majestically in the heart of the city’s newest neighbourhood, St James Quarter. This stylish lifestyle district offers guests world-class retail experiences right at their doorstep, allowing them to immerse themselves in the best that Edinburgh has to offer during their visit.
W Edinburgh’s innovative dining concepts, including SUSHISAMBA, W Lounge, and Joao’s Place, promise to elevate the city’s culinary scene to new heights. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, international influences, and a commitment to creating unforgettable experiences, this hotel is set to become a gastronomic destination that resonates with both residents and visitors alike.
As the sun sets over Edinburgh’s picturesque skyline, W Edinburgh invites you to savour the unexpected and relish in the joy of culinary exploration, promising a gastronomic journey that transcends boundaries and leaves a lasting impression.