Samsi

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117 reviews
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£25 and under
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Japanese

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Manchester’s Samsi is a well established restaurant widely agreed to serve “the best Japanese food in the North West”, to quote the Manchester Metro. The basement is home to Samsi Express, a modern space designed for casual eating, and a colourful Japanese supermarket. Upstairs, traditional dugout style seating lends itself to slightly more formal dining. Here an exciting menu lists a huge range of dishes from every corner of Japan. The teriyaki dishes are highly recommended; the sushi fabulous. New dishes are frequently introduced. A weakening of the Japanese Yen has kept prices low, making the Samsi experience excellent value. You'll find the original Samsi in Cheshire. Samsi runs a buffet instead of the a la carte menu on Sunday lunch times.
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dpglondon
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Given the excessive price of many Japanese restaurants, this offers great value and no compromise on quality.

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dpglondon
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A really unexpected find. Interesting varied menu, and well presented.

AT
AlohaTambourinist
Manchester
13 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Samsi in Manchester has a great range of Japanese dishes. The sukiyaki is excellent.

AT
AlohaTambourinist
Manchester
13 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Samsi in Manchester is excellent. The food was delicious and the serving sizes were generous especially for the price. I will definitely go back.

SM
vipSusieM
Manchester
37 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly recommend the vegetarian and Japanese banquets at Samsi, Manchester. Authentic, high quality food, with fast and efficient service.

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sheldon
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good to very good - best chicken gyoza I have ever had. Sushi is tasty but presentation is rather poor.Noodles are served generously and are possibly the best thing on the menu for those who need something more substantial. restaurant seems very hectic at the times and service is a bit rushed and somehow not attentive enough. It looks like decor is very worn out and whole restaurant would need a serious refurbishment

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sheldon
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good

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DidsburyDiner
London
14 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Samsi, Manchester. A wonderful restaurant, sometimes forgotten about owing to location. Dining room is inviting, with a lively atmosphere and downstairs deli a hidden delight. Food represents great value and there is a decent if unspectacular wine list. Sashimi was high quality with thick slices of very fresh fish. Star dish was the steak sukiyaki, a centre piece with a wonderful tasty broth. Now if only they would they would cook some of my other favourite japanese snacks. Highly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Agreed, best Japanese restaurant in Manchester

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2010
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Booked on NYE - High expectations due to past reviews.

Restaurant was not busy, service was average although unorganised as were not sure when dishes were shared between the two of us or what courses came out when.

Food was distinctly average and overpriced for what you receive. We did not believe some of the ingredients were fresh, i.e. the fish/sushi.

No real atmosphere and a bit 'mish-mash' but clean and tidy.

Would not recommend for anything other than an average evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2010
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Samsi, Manchester - was quite quiet on the the night, though. Very good value and pleasant service. The "supermarket" downstairs is a bonus and great for otherwise hard-to-get Japanese products and better value sizes of more familiar items. We'll be back and have recommended it to others.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2010
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good Japanese restaurant. Generous portion sizes!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2010
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Samsi Restaurant, Manchester, is for the value of money for the food you get. The food is nothing special for a Japanese meal and perhaps it needs to be more innovative with exquisite Japanese meals rather than typical binto box type food only. Big portions and felt too full at the end of a banquet meal.

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ClaireL
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant decor, loved the booths that a couple could sit in to have a meal. Didn't get a chance to sample the bar downstairs but live music sounded great. Choice of food was excellent and our waitress couldn't have been more helpful, topping our wine up on queue!! Toilets were a bit of a trek but apart from that would love to go again.

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Londonfoodie
Manchester
20 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2010
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Samsi is the best Japanese in Manchester and has delicious fresh ingredients: the sushi and beef are outstanding. The venue is pleasant and the staff functional, but the real star is the chef who cooks in full view of the restaurant.

MA
MASRAS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Samsi, Japanese restaurant, city centre, Manchester. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Spacious airy room. The food was very good with the exception of the tempura which was soggy! I would certainly recommend it and return

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2010
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food not as good as normal, such a shame.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2010
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food good but a bit to much noise for a romantic dinner,even so we would eat there again.

DN
DaveNewitt
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Living Room, Nottingham. The mixed starter consisting of 3 starters of our choice was great, and very filling. The main course portions were decent sizes and very well done. The slow roasted shoulder of lamb with mash was lovely and tender. A lovely evening wih fine wine and good food, very attentive and friendly staff. Would definitely recommed this resturant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Living Room in Nottingham was fantastic. I went with my girlfriend and found the ambience perfect and the service was 1st class not to mention the food was gorgeous. I definately recommend the seafood risotto. Will definately eat there again when in Nottingham.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2010
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a delicious meal, slightly steep prices.
Excellent starters, good main course, and average desert.
Friendly, helpful service.
comfortable surroundings. good ambience, despite being fairly empty due to the time of our meal.
The Living Room, Nottingham

DA
DANIELLE
Lancashire
8 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Samsi is always good, the sushi is extremely fresh and equal to any we've had in London or elsewhere. The service is good. We tend to get a selection of everything we fancy and share it as a table although my son doesn't share his huge platter of sushi with anyone! One or two dishes, such as the skewers, aren't as good value, but the tempura and the teryaki salmon are to die for. Don't forget to visit the cool Japanese shop downstairs for all your authentic ingredients.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
49 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2010
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Visited Samsi on a Sunday evening. Disappointed by the quality of the food. Unfortunately also seated in the new back of the restaurant which appeared rather tacky. Visit many Japanese restaurants and sadly quality of the food is much lower standard on this occasion.

LM
LondonMedic
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere and an attentive service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2010
Overall4food5service4ambience4

best steak i have had in a long time.top marks

C
Colin
London
21 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2010
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The meal started promisingly enough with very acceptable sushi but went downhill rapidly thereafter. The tempura was ok but no daicon with the tensyuyu (or even salt!) and worse was the way large amounts of food arrived at once meaning that certain dishes were eaten lukewarm or even cold, that should have been enjoyed hot. The service was friendly but apart from one waitress, the staff was Chinese and somehow this was reflected in the food. Not really a Japanese restaurant, rather, Japanese-ish.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
69 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyable meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at the livingroom in nottingham, the staff were friendly, the food was delicious and we are planning on going back very soon!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Living Room was a fantastic experience, I would recommend it to anyone. Great food, great service and the atmosphere was perfect. The booth was reserved for us as requested and there was also a bottle of bubbly waiting for us as requested.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great evening - attentive service and really tasty food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Living Room - Nottingham
Excellent - great venue - buzzy - food was very good for all - and staff most helpful - definitely one to go again (several times!)

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2009
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Living Room Nottingham.

Food was great. Menu really nice.

Our reservation was not on the system but the staff were very pleasant and managed to fit us in anyway.

Very pleased and would go again.

C
Cat01
Bristol
10 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and wonderful food!

J
James
London
52 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience3

New Samsi, Manchester was pleasant if a little quiete on a Wednesday. Food and service good, slightly expensive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2009
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went to the Living Room in Nottingham on Monday evening for dinner. The service was great, although the food was fairly average we had a lovely time. Usually, it is quite expensive but we had a voucher for 25% off the bill, so this made it very good value. I have been before and had excellent food, and will go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2009
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The living room - Nottingham
We ate off the 'Set to impress' menu as it was such good value not to take up, less than £12 for 2 dishes and a glass of wine!
Definately recommend, however portions were quite small so make sure you have a good lunch otherwise you'll be drunk as a lord after the wine like i was!

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Anthony
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service at Living Room Nottingham were both top notch. I wpuld also highly reccomend the Pornstar Martini. Unfortunately being above a bar meant the shared loos had my own persoal pet hate - the man that thinks you need help washing your hands.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2009
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was our second visit to The Living Room, Nottingham. Last time we had an excellent dining experience. Unfortunately our latest visit wasn't quite as good. I had the lamb cutlets and asked for them to be very pink. However, only 1 of them was slightly pink and the others were cooked through. The accompaniments were tasty though. My partner had the ostrich for the second time but the accompaniments weren't as nice this time. It is also worth checking their website for offers.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
19 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty food, stylish decor and delicious cocktails at the Living Room in Nottingham. Service was a bit slow (it was a busy Saturday night), but we weren't in a rush. Starters were interesting and great combinations of flavours - better than main courses which were good but a bit uninspiring. There was a lively buzzing atmosphere. We'll visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2009
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a fantastic meal at The Living Room. We especially recommend the beer battered prawns as a starter. I had the chef’s plate of veal as my main and my partner had the ostrich which we both thoroughly enjoyed. Our only negative would be the fact that our drinks took a while to come after we ordered them and it took a while to pay. Other than this, the staff were extremely friendly, professional and attentive. Definitely the best food that we have had in Nottingham.

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Samsi is rated 4.3 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.