Working in the Getzville/East Amherst area, I probably have driven by Samurai dozens of times. The restaurant is located in the Tops plaza in between a Chinese restaurant and a Subway. It’s incredibly easy to drive by and not notice. When Alli and I visited Samurai for lunch, I assumed it would be a fairly small and simple shop. But when we walked into the restaurant we were surprised by how nice it was; picture a hip little sushi bar with wooden seating/walls and dim lighting.
It had such a cool atmosphere that I could see myself visiting the restaurant (if I was in the area) at night for a couple Sapporro’s and a couple bites at the sushi bar. In the window next to their restaurant they had a big sign announcing plans for an expansion/hibachi restaurant, so keep an eye out for a potential fun/evening hangout.
We arrived on a Friday around 1pm and were seated right away, their lunch menu has your standard sushi options of bento boxes and sushi roll combos. Alli decided to order two rolls ($6.95), Crunchy Spicy Crab (her standby) and the Crunchy Spicy Yellow Tail while I decided ordered the Sushi with Tempura Bento Box ($8.95).
It seemed that within minutes of placing our order, Alli had her salad with miso dressing and I had a bowl of miso soup (both were complimentary with our meals). Both were pretty damn good, we didn’t plan on really finishing either order but found ourselves scrapping our respective bowls. Alli’s sushi rolls were fresh and tasty; I thought the Yellow Tail roll had a better texture and flavor than a typical spicy roll. My bento box came with two large pieces of tempura fried shrimp and tempura fried sweet potato and broccoli. Aside from being a little too greasy it was quite good. The box also included two gyoza that were salty and sitting in grease (the only negative of the meal). The three pieces of nigri sushi (Salmon, Tuna, Yellow-tail) and the tuna roll were fresh and had a nice texture. The chef choices for the nigri pieces weren’t that exciting but I still enjoyed the entire meal.
As you can see in the pictures, the tempura box lunch special was a pretty good amount of food for under $9 and our lunch all together was about ~$17. It’s not the ‘all you can eat’ lunch deal from Koi Sushi, but I think that the quality of food was a little bit better. Compared to Sushi Time on Millersport, the food and prices were about the same but the location was much nicer and definitely a place I’d like to revisit for dinner.