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Posted by S.C. on 07/16/2012
Williamsburg is again without a ramen joint, so we opted for udon instead. Came in with party of 5 on friday night - obv busy, but we got seated right away. Expected more in terms of taste - no one at our table was impressed with the food. Our edamame starter was bland, and even at just $4 seemed like a poor value. The gyoza was ok and at $7 for 6 pieces was also a poor value. My friend and I got the Nikujil Kake Udon - we were both unimpressed with the broth. It was oily and WAY too rich. My bf got the Niku Tsukejil Udon - of all of us, he knows udon best - and he didn't care for it. Our food came promptly. We were all puzzled by the large ladles given to us for sipping the broth. The staff was very friendly, but they kept setting things next to me on the bench instead of putting them on the table. They also charged automatic gratuity on a party of 5. Happy to pay it, but its uncommon and they should state it on the menu. Great value on the bucket of Kiro ($25), but our overall bill was $38 pp and we left feeling mostly unsatisfied. Great atmosphere, though the tables are obv too small.
Posted by CuisineCrazy on 02/24/2012
In addition to fine food, a great spirit and subdued atmosphere (away from the communal tables) the restaurant is a destination unto itself. I am wary of not being able to get a seat on a subsequent visit, if too many diners laud Samurai Mama, but they are worth their success!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2012
This place is really incredible. Ever since I went to Japan, I've found that I can't just go to any old Japanese or sushi spot like I used to, cause most just don't measure up. But this place is really a nice little slice of quality Japanese food. The noodles are incredible hot or cold. You can get them with a slow poached egg which is perfect every time. The gyoza is some of the best ever and comes out in a little cast iron pan.. The sushi is great too, and well priced. Some of the prices went up a bit from when they first opened, but it's still quite reasonable compared to a place like Ippudo or Momofuku or something. This place is definitely its own thing. Try the hoji tea pudding for desert! They put frozen whipped cream on top and the texture is really awesome! The atmosphere is cool- maybe a little more Williamsburg fancy than is necessary in the front dining room, but the back bar makes you feel like you're in Japan and the back patio is mellow. Great spot!
Posted by billsburg on 12/09/2011
I went here with my visiting niece for lunch, since it's nearby. So glad it's nearby now that I have been there -- yay, whoo-hoo. We shared some pork dumplings which were redolent with veg - chopped chives, maybe? They were a perfect mouthful, tender, airy and light. Definitely house made! The broth that came with my sushi set lunch was flavorful and clean! The appetizer that came with both of our lunches was two mounds of vegetables - shredded carrot and steamed napa cabbage. At first the app was confusing but in a second it made sense - for all the vegetarians that I'm sure must frequent this authentic Japanese gem in the hood. Our meals also came with a simple green salad. Niece got the pork belly udon. Honestly, it was so delicious I want to go back for this one dish for myself sometime! And my two sushi rolls (chose yellowtail and a broiled eel roll) were served inside out. The fish was fresh and the rolls were cut to be a perfectly proper mouthful. (I hate those pieces that are so big you look like an animal trying to choke down such a huge bite.) I promised my husband we would go for dinner soon. He was so jealous when we raved about our lunch. Not only do I enjoy the authenticity of Samurai Mama, I also gladly support terrific local small businesses. We will be back again and again
Posted by Anonymous on 08/24/2011
consistently soo good. I brought my friend here who said he didn't like udon noodles, and after trying mine he loves them. Cold kitsune udon is my fav in the summer. I lived in Tokyo for 6 months, and can also say it's totally authentic.
Posted by anonymous on 07/31/2011
Delicious! had the pork belly udon, my girl had the tofu udon and we shared some gyoza, loved the atmosphere (we sat in the back room) all staff it seemed were japanese which i liked as i feel like i'm really having the authentic experience of hometown cooking and service. We're going back for lunch right now, bye!
Posted by cgarvey on 01/26/2011
I went here with some friends the other night, and everything was surprisingly amazing! The Yako Vega, the homemade tofu was delicious, and the pork gyoza came out in a delicious tear away flaky dough, enough for the whole table. The udon of course was really good, I got the Nikujil Kake Udon "served in hot soup, cooked pork berry and scallion." My friend ordered the special seafood udon, which was just as delicious and flavorful. Going back this weekend for sure!