Samsara Restaurant

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£25 and under
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Contemporary Indian

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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.
What 74 People Are Saying
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London
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An impromptu visit to Samsara. The best curry house in Cheam village.

R
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Arrived on a Saturday eve hoping for a lovely Indian meal. The waiter led us to our table where the chairs had lots of crumbs on them and the floor was covered in broken popadoms. Tried to ignore this but noticed a waiter clearing a table nearby by wiping all crumbs on the floor, hence why our area was a mess.
Ordered a Balti but wanted it hot, like a madras or dansak. Unfortunately it arrived mild. My friend had a dansak and it was perfect, absolutely nothing like I had asked for heat wise, which was a disappointment. Flavour wise is was nice, but nothing like a typical balti.
Sadly the evening was spoiled somewhat by 2 guests squaring up which nearly came to blows, right behind where we was sitting. Not the restaurants fault, however the numerous waiters didn’t have a clue how to handle the situation and just stood there bemused at the situation. Not very reassuring for the other guests in the restaurant.
All in all a disappointment to what I’d hoped to be a nice evening.

TP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I'm disappointed to say this was the worst experience i've had in a restaurant for many years. Service was shocking - with every request taking 20-30 mins to arrive at the table - even water. To the extent, I ordered a beer which arrived in a large bottle, prompting me to ask for a glass, which was greeted with a huff... but alas, the glass never came. The food was tasty but average - at a higher cost. Waiters took no time to explain any chef specials or dishes - resulting in a dish arriving at the table, so spicy, that even for those with the most experienced tastebuds would have suffered. The outside looks so promising, yet inside feels dated and underwhelming. I write this in the hope the owners take note - these are easy fixes, that can otherwise ruin a night.

E
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A birthday meal with friends
We have always loved the food here and still do but the service on the last few occasions has been getting worse
Tables take ages to clear, slow drinks and not clearing plates until the next course comes is also bad, no offers of dessert and coffee, it’s quicker to go home
Unless it improves and they get more staff we will probably find somewhere else, which is a shame

JL
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Eat here a lot great staff great food good atmosphere

NP
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good food but service was poor and slow

OT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal and fantastic staff on NYE. Thank you Andrew and the rest of the team :)

NB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for 5 years at lest and this place always delivers on good Quality food.

LA
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice food that is more contemporary than the usual Indian food

RP
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samsara is the best Indian restaurant in the area by a distance. A whole new twist on the cuisine and great staff.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely place , took a While to order drinks and food was little slow coming out but was very tasty .
Nice meal will come back again only complaint... lights were very bright .

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and very good services
Enjoyed it a lot

LA
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is contemporary and a nice change from the more standard Indian restaurants, still having the lovely variety of tastes of Indian food.
Service is good and the restaurant has a great atmosphere- I recommend it to my friends.

S
London
20 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best indian restaurant in Cheam and Sutton. Exquisite food, courteous amd efficient staff, amazing ambience.

N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience1

They were having some renovations at the time of our lunch and nobody informed us for them. At first, it was extremely noisy, then they closed the windows but they didn’t switch the air con on. Overall, it was an experience that wouldn’t get me back to the restaurant in a hurry. The care for customers is important and when it’s not to the point, it says a lot about the principles of the restaurant owners.

DM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Enjoyable evening, excellent food and service, however noise ecco`s within the eating hall and the chairs make awful noise when pulled in or out or moved, pads need to be fitted onto the feet of the chair legs to maybe prevent this grating noise.

SL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I had been meaning try this restaurant for years so was pleased I finally got around to it. The food was good and it didn’t feel like a typical Indian restaurant which was positive. The service was a little slow which is my only real criticism.

I will visit it again though.

JF
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always - two guests in agreement

GS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I have been to Samsara a number of times and always been happy with my food and service. I visited this week which was the first time in a year and could see the changes in decor, very nice. The service was good as you would be expect with only a few customers. The food was average, my starter very disappointing. The bill came and we were overcharged by £30, when brought to the staffs attention it was corrected but with no real apology. Sadly to say we won't be returning or recommending this restaurant anymore. Not sure if management has changed, if it has its not for the better.

JF
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As good as always.

JF
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely birthday meal with our son. Food was great, back if not better than it used to be. Will definitely be back soon!

j
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening with a friend that ide not seen for a while . Sat in window with fairy lights surrounding it was very cozy . The food was fab and wine very reasonable £20 for a nice bottle of Prosecco . Staff friendly had a great evening will definitely return

T
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The madras was spicier than other indian restaurants in the area which ruined it. Also very expensive and we were on a table near the step and infront of the till. As i got out of my chair i tripped up the step. I was frustrated as i asked if we could have another table due to the step when we arrived. I liked the atmosphere and the waiters were friendly and efficient.

PB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I started off with a surprisely lovely cocktail in the bar area followed by a really enjoyable and tasty meal. The only qualm a had was the quality of the chicken in my curry felt a bit dry and a little stringey, but this would not put me off going back again as it may of just been a one off and maybe a bit over cooked. The rest of the food was first class and the wine was delicious.

c
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really like Samsara and it’s one of our favourite restaurants. Attentive service and good value plus very good Indian food.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We booked New Years Eve, but were not warned that there would be live music. This performer was too loud which meant my wife and I could not enjoy the evening out together. Food was okay, but there are other better Indians nearby.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food good value

M
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

GS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KF
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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!

ST
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere.

Great service.

Excellent cocktails and food.

I'll be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant lovely food and very attentive helpful staff

C
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience1

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!

AT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

JF
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

UK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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

SC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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