We went to Sama Sama as a result of a recommendation from a shop owner nearby. He raved about it. The menu is full of small plates to choose from - there are lots of options for all sorts of tastes. If I took my Dad there, who is somewhat of a conventional old school eater, he may have had trouble choosing what to order but if you're a millennial or somewhat of a foodie you probably could navigate the menu fairly easily.
We had crispy brussel sprouts, a nasi goreng fried rice and the special which was ribs. All were very tasty, seasoned really well - the ribs may have been a bit fatty, but a minor issue. Service was prompt and excellent. The owners/chefs seem very committed to what they do and participate in the dining room talking to guests. I think they met in culinary school.
It is a loud restaurant, and seems popular with a young crowd - the bar menu has appealing and creative drinks.
The only drawback, which is a big one for me, is that the upholstery on the bench side of the tables was very dirty. The fabric needed to be replaced - there were spots and stains everywhere and it took away from my dining experience as I sat on the other side. I guess it's an expensive thing to do but it really needs to be done. It's distracting. The other thing is that the wait staff were cleaning tables beside us and near us with what I think was Fantastik cleaning spray. I know the smell. This was problematic and smelled like someone was doing some heavy duty cleaning. Something diluted like vinegar or something I think would suffice. There was also a few pieces of rice on our table when we sat down - not a big deal, but the whole cleaning thing rolled out into a few issues for me. Maybe it sounds picky, but that's my Trip Advisor alias! I just don't want the smell of Fantastik and the spray wafting around me while I eat.
If they improve on these things I definitely would give it a higher rating. I'm also trying to figure out why they rank this low on Trip Advisor - not sure, maybe not enough reviews, or small plates are challenging for some diners to get their head around. This is probably the lowest ranked Trip Advisor restaurant I've been to in a while, but I thought the food was good.
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