The Manchester Japanese restaurant that’s a big hit with TV Dragon


Stylish Japanese restaurant Samsi has been receiving rave reviews from a multitude of sources ever since it opened in 1993.

It has been featured on Channel Four’s Richard and Judy, and described as “fantastic” by Dragon’s Den mogul Duncan Bannatyne.

The décor is minimalist with an emphasis on traditional Japanese ornamentation, including a raised area with sunken seating where guests sit on cushions on the floor ’seiza’ style.  Large windows let the sun bathe the interior.

The restaurant is spacious, with high ceilings that make it the perfect place to grab some lunch on a hot day. They offer set menus at lunchtime ranging from £8.95 to £15.95 as well as offering bento boxes.

Bento dining is a Japanese-style of serving individual selections of various foods put together to form a perfectly proportioned meal for one. The boxes at Samsi are nutritionally balanced to aid energy and concentration.

The set menu and the bento boxes are offered in similar price brackets but deliver different dining experiences.

Moving to the evening, Samsi has an impressive collection of options for all dietary requirements. Banquet meals come highly recommended to anyone new to Japanese cuisine. These set menus range from a modest “Taste of Japan” to the hearty “Sumo Feast”.

The food itself is fresh and well thought out, with lots of traditional produce and contemporary passion. They serve a mixture of hot and cold dishes and the service is always provided with a smile.

The newest addition to Samsi’s impressive roster is a function catering service available in-house. Parties can hire the entire venue and reserve the raised seating area with a capacity of 30 people.

Guests can decorate areas as they wish. A happy bride has said that without the help of Samsi staff, they might not have been able to decorate all the tables the night before.

With graduation approaching, Samsi is a top choice for celebrations. Their fully stocked bar provides the best of Japanese drinks with sake, Asahi beer and flowering teas.

Book now or just pop in to see this Japanese-Mancunian institution yourself.

36-38 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 3NR



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