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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.

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

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.

Sushi was fresh and food was quite good!

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.

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.

Good food, nice atmosphere and an attentive service.

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.

It's hard to write a harsh review as this was a perfectly fine experience; however it just wasn't quite up to the prices.

Excellent atmosphere and wonderful food!

The whole experience was a pleasure. I was dining alone but was made to feel very welcome. The food was delicious. The sushi was more fresh than the most expensive London restaurants yet the price was very reasonable. The shichimi rib eye steak was stunning. I love to experiment with new flavours and was stunned by new tastes of Yuzu citrus, wasabi sesame seeds and plum. I was amazed to see a table of blond children tucking in to a kids bento box shaped like the shinkansen with delight.

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

Nice and efficient staff,. Food is not the cheapest, but yummy nonetheless. I would recommend New Samsi next time you need authentic Japanese in Manchester. Ice cream comes in a huge serving and is a lovely end to the evening!

Sushi was excellent. Very wide selection to choose from. The main courses were of an excellent quality and reasonably priced as well. Quaint little shop underneath that had lots of Japanese food in. Service was very attentive but not overbearing. If you want the flair and pazazz of chefs cooking go to Sapporo but for real Japanese cuisine, this is the place in Manchester.

The lunch sushi buffet is a very good deal. The portion is big, and they all taste very good. Would not hestitate to go back again.

i like japanese food bt i think cutlery rocks and they clearly disagree!

Good value and friendly. Make sure you check out the shop and cafe downstairs full of Japanese goodies.

Food is good in general (upstairs restaurant, normal menu) but some are too tailored to the western tast and style for my taste.

I found out later there's also a menu in Japanese!

New Samsi was a great affordable place for japanese with lots of different options on the menu and prompt efficient service.

We had a nice meal but we feel it could be slightly cheaper, nonetheless and fun and funky place to eat!!

New Samsi - second trip in a month (mostly because of the great quality the first time). Less good the second time strangely, different chef perhaps but still very, very good.

New Samsi is worth the trip entirely for the very, very rare beef (as it is called on the menu) starter and the beef teriyaki which is also absolutely brilliant. Sushi was decent but not life altering. The beef on the other hand.... Good place to take the girlfriend (better if she pays)

New Samsi- This authentic japanese restaurant takes great pride in offering a warm welcome and cuisine.

We found New Samsi to have an excellent range of cuisine at very reasonable prices, and very tasty too. Good service, and a fairly relaxed (but still formal) atmosphere. Remember to practice your chopstick technique! (Cutlery is provided too!)

Great sushi, authentic japenese ambience, I would definately reccomend it and I'm already thinking about going back.

The sushi is excellent-- but a little pricey; the atmosphere was terrific, and in general, the staff pleasant however, our waitress was neither friendly nor attentive. It wouldn't put me off from going again, but hope that i don't get the same waitress!

Went for a set meal plus a beef sashimi on the side, which turned out to be the highlight. A close second were the tempura prawns.Tempura salmon, while beautifully battered, tasted quite heavy. Sushi wasn't great. Chicken karaage was terrible, tough and reminiscent of stale sweet and sour pork (yes) without sauce. Yakitori chicken tough too. Ribs had barely any meat on them. However, I will go back and order a la carte because what is good is very good. Service is great and it's a smashing place

New Samsi, Manchester. Fifth visit to this restaurant, and never disappoints. Good food, lots of choice, with friendly and unobtrusive (but attentive) service. The banquet menus offer good value options, especially as the extensive menu can make it difficult to decide what to order! Excellent for group bookings. The plum wine is a must try. Will be going back for more. DD

I booked The New Samsi as a surprise for my husband's birthday. We were in a bit of a hurry as we had concert tickets and the staff were very accommodating to ensure we didn't run late. The restaurant progressively got very busy but had a nice chilled atmosphere. The food was extremely reasonably priced and the was excellent. The only criticism that i have is that we ordered more drinks which never materialized. I would highly recommend this restaurant and can't wait to go back.

I'm glad we sat in the Traditional Dug-Out area of the New Samsi because the rest of the restaurant was rather nondescript. Very nice food though and good value. You won't find a better Japanese restaurant in Manchster.

excellent meal, nice atmosphere. will certainly be going again.