Samsara Restaurant

3.4
47 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary Indian
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasions
  • Spicy
Taking your negative feedback on board, we have re-introduced your favourite old menu and added a new fine dining selection.

Our chefs have drawn from their clever passion for food to create several contemporary and quite simply, delectable dishes, ensuring the Samsara menu is a culinary triumph.

Be a guest at Samsara. Relax, entertain, or simply enjoy whilst our intuitively attentive staff enhance the dining experience.

We look forward to welcoming you once again.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian, Southeast Asian, Indian
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Hours of Operation
Tue–Sun 17:00–23:00
Dinner
Tue–Sun 17:00–23:00
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Phone number
020 8642 4488
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Anwar Hussain
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Area
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Parking Details
Free street parking in the evenings
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Entertainment
Live Sports on HD Flat screens
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Special Events & Promotions
Special 4 course offers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 47 People Are Saying
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3.3
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3.4
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3.3
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We'd only just moved back to the area and were looking forward to revisiting the restaurant as it had been one of our favourites a few years ago. When we popped along it had just had a re-fit and a change of menu, we didn't think this new menu was too appetizing so didn't go along. However a couple of weeks ago it had relaunched a menu close to the original we had known from a few years ago so went along. The food was really good, just what we'd remembered, the staff were friendly and accommodating. The only slight downside for is was that the portions were a bit on the small side and as this isn't the cheapest of restaurants it was a bit frustrating. Apart from that we had a lovely evening and will be returning. We'll have to remember to order more starters and sides!

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since it was reopened, we have made two visits for dinner and have really enjoyed dinner here on both occasions.

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KF
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked this on-line only to discover the restaurant was closed upon arrival. Thankfully the Village Charcoal Grill opposite was open so we had a lovely meal in there instead!

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere.

Great service.

Excellent cocktails and food.

I'll be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant lovely food and very attentive helpful staff

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The service started off very enthusiastic, however too 'in your face' , unfortunately it wasn't backed up in respect of waiting an HOUR before the meal arrived! Hence a 10% was deducted from our bill, but I'm afraid I won't be going again!

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AT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice modern Indian restaurant. Food was excellent, a little pricey compared to competition but we will be going back again as the food was superior in our opinion.

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JF
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I read a few sniffy reviews following the closure and refurbishment but all was good when we visited no change except the new bar position.

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JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Fab cocktails and very attentive staff. Lovely food too.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we arrived our Open Table booking had not been registered by the restaurant. The Manager has failed to check his online bookings. We were seated in the bar area and were told we could order food at the table. We asked for menus and were given a complimentary drink after I asked for them for the inconvenience. Nobody came to take any orders and we had to ask twice for poppadoms and side condiments. After nearly two hours we asked if we could place a food order, a wait disappeared saying he was going to get a table to take our order. After 20 mins of waiting, I asked to see the manager. We left the restaurant after nearly two hours and frequented a restaurant over the road. Appalling service. Would not recommend to anyone.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We decided to go to samsara for an anniversary meal with our family after it had been refurbished. We waited 15 minutes to order drinks which arrived 40 minutes later wrong! We had eaten the snacks before the drinks arrived.

Despite the manager coming up to say they had a full curry menu the food we wanted to order was not available. He also advised on some parts of the menu not to order!

We decided to ask for the bill as we could see that the evening was not going to be good. Eventually the bill came and when we paid the till was broken so we couldn’t get any change! Disaster all round.

Until it changes back to a proper curry house we will not be returning!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Ruined what was an excellent restaurant. Now the food is rubbish, not good value, please please bring back the old menu.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not good. This used to be a good restaurant, but has been spoilt by recent changes.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This used to be such a good restaurant, but since the refurb there is less food choice (with even less as one of the ovens has yet to be installed); waiting staff seemed untrained and confused. All in all a disappointing experience.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Been a number of times before renovation and had a lovely time service and food was outstanding but on this occasion the Restaurant was closed. Very disappointed as it’s the 2nd time it’s happened!! Surprised you can book a table if it’s shut.

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JY
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

on their website their grand opening was 14 August so we booked a table for the 16th. Booked a babysitter, turned up and they were closed!! When I called to see why, they said they had had delays so I asked why not call all those who had booked and was not given a valid answer, just offered a paltry glass of wine if we were to return which in this situation is pathetic.

We have dined here tens of times, the food is usually great and were excited to see their new offerings but if this is any reflection on the management I think we’ll give it a miss.

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KW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked through opentable for Sat 4th Aug for a birthday meal for 4 people. Arrived to see the restaurant was closed and looking through the window it has been gutted. No notice on the doors to say closed. Opentable remove Samsara of your site.... wasted our time!!!!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked this restaurant after looking through the website and and opentable and after paying for a group of 6 people to get there by taxi to find the restaurant was closed. Not only costing us to travel there but left without a plan for a special occasion, we are now skeptical booking places for special occasion via their websites and opentable.

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N
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Usually LOVE it in here - however it has been closed for refurb but this was not made clear - until we got there. Even having a confirmation email to say the booking has been made.

VERY disappointed to say the least - went to The Star around the corner and had a lovely meal

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VC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have been to the Samsara a couple of times before, but on this occasion we didn't stay to eat. They took 25 minutes to take a drinks order and popadom order. 15 minutes later the popadoms arrive but they got this wrong as we ordered half plain half spicy, only plain arrived. Two drinks finally arrive just after the popadoms when they then inform us that the bottle of wine we have ordered is unavailable. He offered us miniature bottles, but not at the same price. Sainsburys is next door, so a bottle of wine could have been sourced.

At this point 40 minutes or so after we sat down, we left. Went to The Saqui in Carshalton Beeches and had a fine meal and drinks as requested for the 6 of us.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Curry restaurants can sometimes just seem the same. But this restaurant has very individual flavours and absolutely delicious at a reasonable cost.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This has changed hands twice and is named for being a cocktail place as well as Indian dining. When we ordered our cocktails off the menu we were told there was not the ingridients for the ones we wanted and we should try a woo woo. (Basic in my opinion) and our waitress informed us the barman uses google to make them!. My food was cleared before we had finished eatining it. So all in all a bad evening and a bill of £240.

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MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

really good food. tasty dishes and good service.

noise levels were high but think just a Friday night so was quite hard to hear. Also don't understand why the big screens were on took away from dining experience. If I wanted to watch football better to go to pub rather than to a restaurant was quite distracting and I don't think anyone was actually watching it.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely birthday meal, special birthday balloon was on the table. good service, lovely food and a free after dinner drink for each person in our party. Have been here 5 or 6 times and have always had a lovely meal.

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RB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A varied menu where the restaurant takes time to explain how hot or how spicy each dish is

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TC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Very rowdy due to Sky Sports coverage. Poor service and fairly bland main courses.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal. The service was great with very efficient and attentive waiting staff, on hand to replenish poppadoms quickly, amongst other things! My group shared a starter of saag paneer and saag aloo, which was delicious. I ordered a chicken dopiaza for my main course. It was tasty but I could have done with a little more sauce and a little more spice. The decor of the restaurant was lovely, contemporary and tasteful. We visited on a Saturday evening. It was very busy with a vibrant, buzzy ambience. I would certainly visit again.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go at least once a month and have always had a gorgeous meal and great service

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D
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good friendly service, lovely tasty food. Overall a fab place to eat

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T
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great lunch for mother’s day. Not overly crowded reasonable & good service.

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B
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, good service, and a nice reastaurant to visit for a special occasion. Not the cheapest, but worth the extra.

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RP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit this restaurant regularly and are never disappointed by the food or the friendly atmosphere.

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JD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very pleasant evening meal with my wife. Good food and friendly service. Overall ambience very pleasing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating when I requested a slight change to the dish I chose

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service become a regular for me and my husband one of the best by far

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Despite booking on this website when we arrived they were fully booked and did not make and attempt to seat us.

We were given a free drink (while we searched an alternative).

The restaurant did look nice

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

So loud. Tv on music playing also. Stuck in a tiny corner with no room at all, behind a pillar so could not see anything. Had 2 courses but was rushed out within 45 minutes. Food was good but the experience as a whole was awful. Wont go back.

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JO
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we ordered a chicken madras and the goan seabass, but when the food arrived we got the lamb shank and chicken madras. we got the seabass not long after and the lamb shank stayed free of charge.

the seabass and lamb were amazing!!! so glad thet got it wrong LOL

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Like any 3 star all inclusive Buffett in Benedorm. The sauce is all the same...just add different meat and call it something different. Service also terrible. Deep sigh...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service great value for price would go back there again

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