A bit about Japanese Food & Samsi
This may be your first or one of many visits to a Japanese restaurant, here’s a little of what to expect from Samsi.
Guest Capacity for Entire Restaurant Event
Seated Lunch / Dinner : Up to 100 guests
Cocktail Event : Up to 180 guests
What is authentic Japanese cuisine?
Authentic Japanese cuisine is based on several fundamental components and methods of preparation. While there are many types of Japanese cuisine and regional variations, there are some foods and characteristics that are considered quintessentially Japanese.
1. Rice is a staple in Japanese cuisine. It is often served with every meal, including breakfast. At Samsi we use imported short grain Japanese rice in all of our dishes.
2. Fish and Seafood: Due to Japan’s island geography, fish and seafood are integral parts of the Japanese diet. This includes everything from sushi and sashimi to various types of seafood-based stews and broths.
3. Sushi and Sashimi: These are arguably the most internationally recognized Japanese dishes. Sushi is typically made with vinegared rice combined with other ingredients, such as fish (either raw or cooked), seafood, and vegetables. Sashimi consists of thin slices of raw fish or seafood, served without rice.
4. Ramen is a noodle soup dish that has become synonymous with Japanese cuisine. It’s typically made with Chinese-style wheat noodles, a meat or fish-based broth, and is often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and topped with ingredients like sliced pork, dried seaweed, and green onions.
5. Tempura: This is a dish of battered and deep-fried foods, typically seafood and vegetables.
6. Miso soup is made from a stock called “dashi”, with dissolved miso (fermented soybean paste). It’s a common side dish to meals.
7. Tsukemono: Pickled vegetables are commonly served in traditional Japanese meals. The pickling process can involve salt, brine, or a bed of fermented rice bran.
8. Green Tea (Matcha): Japanese green tea, in particular matcha, is integral to Japanese culture. The traditional tea ceremony centers around the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha.
9. Seasonality and Presentation: Japanese cuisine values the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Presentation is also very important, with a high emphasis placed on color, arrangement, and the dishes used to serve the food.
10. Other dishes: Other common dishes include yakitori (grilled skewered chicken), udon (a type of thick wheat noodle), soba (buckwheat noodles), tonkatsu (breaded and fried pork cutlet), and many others.
This list is not exhaustive, but it provides an overview of some of the primary components of authentic Japanese cuisine.
What is the seating like?
We have a range of regular and unique seating that give off different Japanese vibes.