36 - 38 Whitworth Street
Greater Manchester M1 3NR
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About Samsi

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

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

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

Arrived early evening so the restaurant was quiet. Was greeted and shown to me seat. The menu was very comprehensive cover all the expected styles of Japanese cooking. I had the Vegetable Tempura and Seafood Ramen. Both excellent. A pleasant unrushed meal at a reasonable price. By the time I left the restaurant had filled up showing it is a popular venue.

The Samsi on Whitworth St in Manchester.

The food is fresh, plentiful and the service was wonderful. Odd timings between courses being the only negative. If you are new to Japanese food, the banquets are a superb way to discover what everything is and if you are familiar with the cuisine, you will see that this is probably the best Japanese resturaunt in the North.

Right in the heart of Chinatown, so easy to find. Service was quick and attentive. Food was fresh and to the table quite quickly. Wine selection not that substantial. There was a choice to sit European or Japanese which meant if you chose the latter, you could have a more authentic dining experience. There was also a Japanese food market downstairs, so clearly this was a working establishment. Overall,I think the food and price was fine but could probably so with some competition to 'pep' it up

Our first Japanese meal and it won't be our last - excellent service, lovely food and very good value

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

The Samsi restaurant in Manchester is well worth a visit - tasty food and good service! I will definitely return!

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

Overall good

We went to Samsi, Manchester in January. Food was lovely, although my boyfriend chose better than I did. Service very good, restaurant was lovely inside - and quirky little shop downstairs selling all sorts.

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.

Agreed, best Japanese restaurant in Manchester

The Samsi in Manchester is a Japanese restuarant. The food and service is excellent. I have eaten lunch here twice now and would highly recommend it.

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.

Samsi in M/Cr supplied usual great Japanese food with excellent service and at very keen prices.

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.

Good Japanese restaurant. Generous portion sizes!

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.