|New Samsi Japanese Restaurant - member's reviews|
"The service was OK at the New Samsi, and the range of food is very good. I've been there before, but this visit was not as good as the previous occasions. My girlfriend and I both had the Tempura dishes for starter, and the prawns were excellent. I followed that by having a Sushi main. It was delicious, but my girlfriend had Garlic & Chili Teriaki Chicken, which was poor; no chili, no garlic, tough chicken, and a little bland overall. It's a shame as previously all the dishes here were very good, and I hope this is a one off." - Bill McLocklan, Manchester - TRUSTED REVIEWER (5/7/09 visited on a saturday evening)
| "As a party of three, we went on a Saturday night at about 8:15 and the place was packed. We've been before when it's been busy and the first thing that usually suffers is the service. We were shown to our table but they couldn't give us a menu because they were all out. After about 5 or 10 minutes we got our menus. Our waitress took our drink and food orders. About 15 minutes later one of the three starters came out, the Garlic & Ginger Chicken which was excellent. Fortunately the starters were all to share so it didn't really matter that they came out one by one. As we tucked into the chicken we had to place our drinks order. A few minutes later, our other 2 starters came out. Miso Soup and some Tempura Calimari. The soup was good but the calimari was a little bit cold. We then asked again for our drinks. Whilst we were enjoying our starters our drinks finally arrived.|
There was a nice pause between the courses. As we then received our main courses of Sushi & Sashimi Platter, Mixed Sushi Platter and Udon (a chicken & noodle stew). By this time the number of diners had thinned to a manageable level. So our main courses came together and were of excellent quality. The stew was huge and could have easily fed two. Further drinks orders also arrived promptly.
When we got the bill we had been overcharged for the first round of drinks that never arrived. The staff apologised and corrected it without fuss.
The food at New Samsi is always good but the service can sometimes be a bit unpredeictable at busy times" - stephen lake, manchester 20/10/08 (visited on a saturday evening)
| "The Bento boxes at New Samsi are superb value for money - I'll certainly return again for lunch however a recent visit in the evening was the biggest let down for a long time! After experiencing a wonderful lunchtime menu I was looking forward to an evening meal with five friends. I'd bragged how good New Samsi was after numerous visits. I was left to feel embarrassed afterwards though. First of all, the waitress at the door wasn't friendly and clearly felt under pressure with the amount of custom they had. The same waitress took our drinks order but, as I hestitated for barley one second, snapped 'I'll come back later!' and walked off in a huff.|
We ordered the banquet - the sushi was nice, fresh and enjoyable. The Miso soup was fine. As for the main course - everything was battered, whether it be the chicken, veg or a shrimp with a tail still attached - it was greasy and the batter made the food tasteless. The noodles and rice were fine but as for the meat - it was raw - covered in blood - impossible to eat with chopsticks and why would I choose to eat meat which wasn't cooked? We could have complained and sent it back to the kitchen but we had to go to the Cornerhouse cinema along the road and time wasn't on our side. To conclude, New Samsi was a huge disappointment and if that was top Japanese cuisine recommended by Richard and Judy (as they advertise), clearly they haven't been back for some years - even Punch and Judy wouldn't recommend this place!" - rob, manchester 16/4/08 (visited on a tuesday lunch)
| "First thing to say is this place is amazing value for money, the size of the food is not for the faint hearted! Just under £10 for a Miso Soup, 4 random sushi pieces, then a Bento box with steak, deep fried veg and other delights. Portions that would satisfy anyone's hunger at a price for everone's budget. Also it's worth a venture downstairs for the authentic Japanese supermarket. I will be visiting, again and again I'm sure" - nick, stockport 7/4/08 (visited on a monday afternoon)|