So my SO and I, New Orleanians in Dallas for the weekend, headed out to Samar after reading the positive reviews on this board. Overall a good experience. We arrived about 6:30ish and expected a short wait. The cocktails at the bar (margaritas with Patron subbed for the house tequila) were decent. Upon being seated, our server was pretty friendly and explained the dishes well. I anticipated, correctly, that he would suggest we order more than we would ever eat. 5 dishes per person would have been ridiculous. We ordered the naan with the 3 dips, butter chicken, veggie samosas, the 3-cone sampler (some type of bean or potato in each), and an additional order of naan, the goat cheese and spinach variety. They aren't shy about telling you that you need to order everything at once. So if your plan is to order a dish or two, then order a couple more after that, forget it.
The butter chicken wasn't spicy, but very tasty. The samosas were awesome, but I'm sure that's partly due to the fact that they were fried. Delish! Loved the trio of dips, very generous portions for those. the naan was tasty too, didn't get too much goat cheese from the goat cheese and spinach naan, but it was good nonetheless. The cone sampler was awful. After taking one bite of each we couldn't eat any more. I sort of thought the server might ask if we didn't like it or something, but they just took it away. A second margarita, clearly mixed by a different bartender, was interesting, perhaps had chili powder added to it? Something strange indeed, not sure still if we really enjoyed it or not, but we drank it. Even with the cone fail, we had no room for dessert.
I would recommend arriving there on a Saturday no later than 7:00 - by the time we left at 8, the wait was an hour and a half. I can see why - no complaints with the service, the food was extremely reasonably priced, and for the most part, pretty tasty. I would probably come back next time I'm in Dallas.
One place I can't wait to go back to is Local, another rec I received from this board. We ate there on Friday night and it was spectacular. Really cute place with an outstanding menu and the cocktails were great. It was better that Samar, but probably not fair to compare the two since the price difference is so great.
Thanks for the recs on this board!
2706 Manor Way, Dallas, TX 75235