Samurai

Cheap and casual Japanese eatery Reviews

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A cheerful little café serving up Japanese cuisine, but one of the most interesting things about Samurai is the decor. The explosion of origami cranes, samurai swords and pictures of Fujisan make it a little tacky, true, but it does have a certain homely charm. The sushi is a little rough around the edges, but portions are affordable and generous, with large chunks of fish resting heavily on hearty blocks of rice. The menu is vast, and boasts a few interesting options that you won’t find elsewhere in the city, including yakiniku – raw slabs of meat or fish that you can grill at your table. It’s an experience you won’t get elsewhere that’s well worth trying at least once, especially with a large group of friends, if only for the novelty factor. The food is a little hit and miss but Samurai provides welcome relief for those who want to enjoy Japanese cuisine without finesse, formality or an enormous price tag.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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Details

  • Location: Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 676 6612
  • Travel: Mina Road

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User reviews

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Marnie Endik on 01 Sep ' 12 at 19:01
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Service is not good however i did not really bother with this fact as they served pretty good sushi.My fav was the crunchy california maki and salmon skin sushi. They served a complimentary fish ball appetizer i didnt even touch. It was not appetizing at all and served cold. Price is absolutely reasonable. They could have done better in term of service. I just wish that they will spend a little time train the staff and improve just a little bit of food quality. I will definitely come back.

Posted by: Alexandre on 01 Sep ' 11 at 08:30
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We celebrated my brother's birthday there. Nice Place

Posted by: Kahlea on 06 Feb ' 11 at 14:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

First of all this place is smoke free! One of the few places in Abu Dhabi that is completely smoke free. It was wonderful eating without smoke drifting into your face. The food is good and great value. Service has been great but we've never been there when it was packed.

Posted by: Alex on 04 Feb ' 11 at 15:15
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

What a find! Unlicensed, yes, but a terrific place for sushi and other Japanese favorites. It has the relaxed, casual feeling of some side-street restaurants in Tokyo. The sushi won't make you forget the very best you've ever had, but it's half the price of most of Abu Dhabi's hotel destinations and in most ways just as good if not better.

Now if only I could get a Kirin to wash it down...

Posted by: Ma on 20 Jan ' 11 at 22:47
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The ambient of the restaurant itself was nothing special but it looked clean and the service was very good, especially the waitress was very heplful. The menu offered everything from typical sushi, sashimi, but also udon soups, meat, fish and noodles. We tried different dishes like hot pot, noodles and bento box including sushi and sashimi. The quality of the sushi is not as good as the best sushi places in town like for example Toki restaurant, but the prices are much cheaper and evertheless the food was very good and fresh. This place is a good recommendation if you like variety and good quality for a reasonable price.

Posted by: Elizabeth on 28 Nov ' 10 at 15:44
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Zayed on 16 Aug ' 10 at 13:39
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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So wrong to call it Japanese restaurant

Posted by: Ana on 06 Aug ' 10 at 15:51
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Samurai is our favorite casual spot. Service is always top notch and the food is simple and homey - just as I had while living in Nagoya. The udon are especially good, but some appetizers come saturated in sauce.

Posted by: Raine on 19 Apr ' 10 at 11:21
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We celebrated my sister's birthday there. It was our first time in that restaurant and we enjoyed the time we've spent there. We had a lot of fun grilling the yakiniku and it tastes delish! We liked the marinade they used. The sushi/maki is yummy too.

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