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MICHELIN Guide California 2019

Sama Sama Kitchen

  • 1208 State St., Santa Barbara, 93101, United States
  • 25 - 50 USD • Asian
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Southeast asian favorites available for takeout

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MICHELIN Guide California 2019

Sama Sama Kitchen

  • 1208 State St., Santa Barbara, 93101, United States
  • 25 - 50 USD • Asian
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

This eatery in the heart of downtown is not only good fun but also good for the wallet. Here, the Chefs/partners bring their disparate expertise—one is a barbecue aficionado from Nashville, the other is Indonesian, and together they turn out a menu of thoroughly pleasing Southeast Asian food. Attractions include a well-spiced rendition of green papaya salad, mixing aromatic herbs, chilies and peanuts. Bao can be ordered fried or steamed, which yields a pillowy soft bun to be filled with crunchy fried chicken in a tangy sauce.

The interior is appealingly simple, but the back patio is a hidden gem, filled with string lights and communal tables that can be booked for parties. Weekday happy hour simply means steep discounts on a variety of food and drinks.

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  • = Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
  • ò Simple restaurant
Specialty
  • Local green papaya salad
  • Hot chicken bao on fried or steamed bun with honey cayenne butter over arugula with a spicy aioli and pickles
  • Banana doughnut fritters with coconut palm sugar caramel

Facilities & Services

  • a Wheelchair access
  • E Non-smoking restaurant
  • r Outside dining available
  • T Air conditioning
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted

Information

+1 805-965-4566
Opening hours
Closed: Monday

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