Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar

171 Holloway Road, London, United Kingdom, N7 8LX
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Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm to 10pm
Saturday brunch 11.30 to 3.15pm

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  • Disabled Access
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar

We are a specialist laksa noodle bar in London in 2018, serving arguably the best laksa in London.

We offer our guests a unique experience with customisable laksa - from spice level to choice of toppings, even a vegan option! Alongside our signature laksa, we serve a complementary range of snacks, rice plates, drinks, and sometimes, desserts.

Mandy Yin is one of the few Malaysian chef/owners in the UK, having founded Sambal Shiok in London in 2013. She is a Malaysian-born Chinese of Peranakan Nyonya heritage. "I take inspiration from everything I ate in my childhood growing up in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Then I mix it up and put a new slant on it."

Cuisine: Malaysian
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Great food, good value. Authentic according to locals.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 February 2020

Very tasty! Friendly and fast service

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 February 2020

I am from KL, Malaysia and didn't expect Laksa to taste like that. The type of noodle is also not as expected. Portion is really small considering the price being charged - two/three small pieces of chicken (I ordered Chicken Laksa), a bit of tofu pok, and very little noodle (not sure what type of noodle is that, too thick to be vermicelli and it is not hoh fan). Totally disappointed . I went there after reading the Guardian's review for top 20 restaurants in London. After tasted the Laksa, am totally disappointed. I think it is totally overrated. Not only there wasn't anything special, but also the taste was a bit unexpected. I don't think I have eaten Laksa that taste like that in my life. I don't think I will go there again.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

Loved the fenugreek fritters

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

The laksa broth was delicious and the prawns were good quality but personally l would have liked an option without the tofu puffs which remind me of polystyrene. No Chinese tea on the menu. The nearest thing was the chrysanthemum tea which would have come in at a hefty £8 for two!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Really enjoyed the food,will definitely return and try out another laksa Nice n busy, bustling atmosphere

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Excellent laksa!! Willcome back just for that!!

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Thanks for a lovely Valentines Day experience for myself and my partner. The food was sublime, Laksa is one of my favourite dishes and yours didn’t disappoint! I would even say it was the best I’ve ever had in the U.K. The staff were great too, they very very quick to serve us and were full of recommendations. We had our food within 10 minutes of ordering, despite how busy it was. We will definitely be returning for another lovely bowl of laksa soon!

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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

I really enjoy the food , the service was good and for sure I will come back again

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Fantastic - best laksa in London and the service is great.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Frankly I don't think the food here deserves whatever accolades it has received; perhaps the price reflects the quality of ingredients and the work put in, but actual taste it does not. The flavour of the laksa doesn't just fall flat; you wish it would fall flat but instead the overpowering sweetness of the broth offends with every slurp. As a Malaysian, to hear of another Malaysian putting their name to this, is bravery unheard of. The side dishes are less disappointing, but if you have an understanding of how it should be prepared you're left dumbfounded as to how such simple dishes could be cocked up. We were sat by the window, which was perfect for letting the diners freezing outside to know they should go somewhere else. If you're reading this now, please go somewhere else.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Cult place. Busy, a dozen waiting outside when we left at 7. Fast service, in and out in less than an hour. Recommend the Gado gado salad and fried chicken snacks. Tried the prawn Laksa. An experience, a bit too carby for me but at £33 a head including a bottle of white Rioja between 3, really good value for money if you’re looking for a quick interesting meal.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Peter and I who had come before (I’m from KL) loved it as always - we came to the CNY super event. We introduced 2 Belgian friends who were blown away!! Was so proud of Malaysian food & hospitality ethos!! Thanks team & Mandy xx

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Yup....five stars across the board...been meaning to come here for a long time, and I loved it....loved the starters, and of course the Laksa. The service was awesome. It was super busy when we arrived, though somehow the team were still friendly and unruffled, the lovely chap on the door especially so. This professionalism contributed to the atmosphere, which was buzzy but not hectic. Looking forward to going again...

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Delicious food, even the people who don't like spice really enjoyed the meal! Good portion size, really reasonable price. Will definitely be re-visiting!

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Visited On Thursday, 06 February 2020

Friendly service, very reasonably priced and the food so delicious - I can't wait to come back!

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Visited On Thursday, 06 February 2020

great will come again!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

AMAZING! Such delicious food from a wonderful team. Thank you for a delightful lunch.

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Visited On Friday, 07 February 2020

Wonderful

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Nice friendly staff and very attentive, really buzzy atmos. Starters were fantastic , really enjoyed them. We could have eaten them again and again *( and again) Main course was a bit unexciting in comparison, muck in cup is how my partner described it, very disappointed with it. Wine was vastly overpriced tbh so we didn't bother with it, take £5 off each bottle and you'd shift a few more units

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Very good food, buzzy atmosphere and good service. Good for a fairly quick meal as it’s a bit noisy for conversation and tables are small. I will return for sure.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 February 2020

Our table was 30 minutes late due to a reservation which had overrun and the staff were very apologetic about the situation and even thanked us for our patience and for being so nice about it. We did not mind as we understood that this can happen sometimes but were thrilled with a round of free drinks!! There was also a situation with a fuse which kept tripping out and the staff had to disturb our table to reset it. They warned us in advance and again very apologetic regarding this so we did not mind. The waiters are absolute diamonds and I wish I had taken their names to let you know which ones I mean. The food was absolutely incredible!! The Malaysian Fried Chicken & Salted Egg Prawns are to die for!! Followed by the Prawn Laksa! Outstanding! The overall experience was brilliant. Keep doing what you are doing! We already can't wait to come back in the near future.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Delicious rich laksa broth & lovely small plates too - very friendly service.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Great food and service

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Your team is wonderful. They let us stay late as they set up dinner service and were so lovely. Also very helpful with menu recos. It was fabulous!

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