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Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar

171 Holloway Road, London, United Kingdom, N7 8LX
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Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm to 10.30pm

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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 Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The flavours were delicious but even the medium laksa was too spicy for us non Malaysians! Also I didn't like the mint lime cooler, it tasted too concentrated and like cordial.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Great service, great food

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

We went on Thursday night as there are 5 of us, so we manage to book a table. There was a constant long queue outside. I am visiting from Glasgow so this is my first time trying Malaysian food in London. The curry laksa is thick and aromatic and the taste of it close enough to what we have in Malaysia. My brother who is visiting approves of it. However curry laksa in Malaysia usually come with fish balls, fish cakes, fried tofu, half a hard boiled egg and more importantly beansprouts. Curry laksa here seems very sad with just the prawn/chicken, noodles and fried tofu, you will have to pay more to get all these customised . And the texture seems a little too thick for my liking, it looks more like a sauce than a soup. There are 2 choices of noodles - fine rice noodles and egg noodles. We went for the authentic option - egg noodle. It would be nicer if the choice of rice noodles is more like a bihun rather than noodle. We read some reviews before going and got the impression that the portion will be on the smaller side, ordered extra noodles and 3 of us have to share it, so no idea what is that about at all. Portion wise it is fine. Overall, would recommend it.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Tasty food from a limited menu.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

The food was so flavoursome, colourful and very tasty. I had a chicken snack and that was very nice not dry and peanut sauce was very delicious. My main was the chicken laska and I wasn't disappointed with the dish absolutely full of flavour. One thing that I would have liked was a little more chicken. I've been trying to get my friends to try the place and they all travelled from South East London... was my belated birthday dinner. Thank you for such yummy food. Some feed back from my friends: 'Gorgeous and fragrant food' 'Food and drink were delicious. Staff were friendly . Just need a bigger restaurant' 'Really heartwarming genuine food, great value and great service!'

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Tasty food - great service - food very reasonable - wine was expensive

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Worth the wait

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Visited On Friday, 14 September 2018

Best Laksa in town!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

Great food and friendly service. Buzzy atmosphere. Definitely go again.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 September 2018

Well done, authentic, great service and delicious exotic food

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ordered the prawn laksa. Only had 2 prawns and 4 spoon fulls of noodles. Had to order more noodles as I was still hungry. Not impressed!

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Great for vegans and vegetarians - still great quality laska soup stock. More bean sprouts though for crunch !! Our party were Penang based Malaysians so we are harsh critics - great experience though and your soft fresh drinks are perfect

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Food was not cooked with care and the taste was not good. Very disappointing. I know the restaurant has had some good reviews but it seems their standards have slipped.

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Visited On Friday, 07 September 2018

Laksa a bit spicy for my tastes and the salmon dry (even though it was in broth). But otherwise food good

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Visited On Thursday, 06 September 2018

We were sadly very disappointed with our experience at Sambal Shiok, despite high hopes. We were a group of six people and several of our laksas arrived at the table lukewarm. Two of us ordered the prawn laksa and the prawns were extremely undercooked. When we told our waitress, she said she would pass the message on to the chef, but never apologised nor offered to take them off the bill. We didn't end up finishing them because we didn't want to eat uncooked prawns. Immediately after we finished eating, after just 45 minutes in the restaurant (we were told we had the table for 1h30) the bill was placed in front of us without having been requested. I understand that there was a queue outside, but normally under those circumstances restaurants do a better job of making their customers feel relaxed and able to enjoy their evening.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Terrible service! Excellent starters - the chicken was great! Best dish of the night Mains - laksa not great, prawns tasted soapy, pretty sure the noodles were durum wheat spaghetti, not egg noodles. It was very weird eating coconut milk laksa with spaghetti. Tasted gross! Great beers 👍🏻👍🏻 Very expensive

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Visited On Thursday, 23 August 2018

The queueing/booking system is extremely messy and not working. We booked and then had to wait as no tables. Felt like the waiters were rushing to get you out the door.

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Visited On Thursday, 23 August 2018

Laksa was delicious, with just the right amount of spiciness that reminded me of home. The peanut sauce that came with the fried chicken was authentic, and I had to hold myself back from ordering a second plate! The portion sizes were ok for the noodles but some of the sides could do with a larger servings given the price, especially the acar, which was no larger than 2 tablespoons for £3.50. Service was generally great with friendly staff but it can get a bit hard to get our additional orders through during busy periods. Our second order wasn't entered in the first time. Overall, I enjoyed the food and would recommend this place!

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Price is a bit on the top end for what is a small bowl of laksa. The laksa broth is pretty legit but not enough liao. At least put in bigger tauhupok and some fresh taugeh. Put some cockles also, the dirty one from Klang river even better. Maybe instead of loading the milder version with coconut milk, give the spicey component paste in the scoop lah. Then people can mix if they want. But thanks for the generous serving of chicken - that one you give more than ah pek who is serving in PJ for RM10.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

What a great little restaurant, with fun staff, a nice open kitchen and some tasty food. If you're not a fan of spice, the breaded chicken is great.

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Amazing food and service.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

Authentic , delicious laksa. Seriously the best I’ve tasted on par with Singapore and Malaysia. Would def come again.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

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