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“Very good local food and inspirational management”
Review of Sam's Family Restuarant - CLOSED

Sam's Family Restuarant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Burmese
Description: Small, cosy place doing Burmese, Indian and Chinese food. Near to the larger Everest Nepali Restaurant.
Restaurant details
Description: Small, cosy place doing Burmese, Indian and Chinese food. Near to the larger Everest Nepali Restaurant.
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Very good local food and inspirational management”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

This restaurant is operated by Sam and his family who own and operate Sam's trekking service. The local people are trained and managed by Sam and his family. They are making a wonderful contribution to local tourism and community development. The guides that we had were terrific and in fact came from the local highland villages. Our guides were very personable, helpful and informative. I visited the family run school and it was very well operated. The students are eager to learn. The standard of English is very good. (Not sure about other languages) The food and service in the restaurant was excellent. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Con_Thai
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“3 days 2 nights trek”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We went to Sam's for the trek!
When we arrived to book the trek we had a very nice and informative explanation about our trek.
We were a group of 6 + 1 guide and 1 cook.
Our guide ChoSu was so nice and helpfull! She speaks very good English and likes to fool around.
Her cooking was awesom! We had very nice burmese lunch and diner every day!
I did the trip now in March 2014 during the dry season. So the landscape was very nice, but apparently it is much nicer after the rainy season.
Maybe my little negative point was the comfort during the night... no shower and no proper toilet... but maybe that's only because I thought before starting the trek, as it is quite touristic there will be a bit more comfort. At the end it's not that bad that it is how it is, so we experience how burmese families live.
We had a very nice group and 36USD for 3 days and 2 nights trip... what ask more?
I really recommend you to do this!!!

Visited March 2014
Thank edithBE
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Nice enough home cooked food”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

Nice home cooked food, lacks a little ambience though as a restaurant, with the family eating their dinner in the restaurant and the staff watching a soap opera on the TV in the restaurant. Complimentary tea at the start was a nice touch. Would recommend for a cheaper meal in Kalaw as it was very good priced.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Megan K
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Trekking with Sam's”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

We didn't eat in the restaurant either but did the 3-day trek Kalaw to Inle (Ton Le) and loved it. From what I gather here, your trip stands and falls with the guides - you could ask to meet them beforehand but they're out working every day; you pay a 10% deposit for the food, so you could theoretically lose that and go elsewhere if you're not satisfied (price for 3 days, 2 people are $120, all included). Sam's has 35 different guides, according to the two young women who were our guides, Momo and Wawa (my attempt to spell their names is sure to be absurd). Their English was decent, though it often required some back and forth and paraphrasing to make something clear. You probably are best off asking a lot of questions, but we got good answers. Wawa was proud to point out her Pa-O village in one of the valleys, where they alternately grow rice and garlic. The guides bring the food with them and cook it 3 times a day. They even produced the typical coffee-creamer-sugar mix for morning coffee, which I found to be pure luxury giving the surroundings. Remember you're doing this hike to see how people really live here, not to stay in a hotel! Otherwise rice, noodles, noodle soup, good veggies, Burmese crepes for breakfast once, all fresh from a wood fire. We stayed over and ate in local homes, meaning sleeping on mats and blankets on the floor, with plenty of blankets on top for the cool nights (saw our breath at breakfast the last morning). You wash up at a little tank behind the house and use a very simple outhouse (whose worst feature is that the ceiling is only about 4 feet or 130 cm high) there too, next to the family water buffalo. The girls set a good pace but were very, very helpful and carried some things for my friend. We had tea breaks in villages we passed through and could buy water and even beer for dinner (luxury again) at village shops. We actually walked for about 4-5 hours a day with no steep climbs or descents - only the last half hour on a rocky path was a bit strenuous. The first half day is in cool pine forests, from there on it's hilly to mountainous farm landscape. For us it was a highlight of the trip.

Visited February 2014
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Paris, France
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Check your guide before leaving (3 days trek to Inle)”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Negative :
- Our guide was 16 and the cook was 20 (very poor English).
- The guide was almost running all the time and one part of the group got lost with the cook.
- We had almost no explanations in the nature or villages unless we asked questions.
- We had no contact with the village inhabitants or explanations on their way of life... despointing.
>> We told the young guide what she had to improve and it was beter after that (but a little too late).

- Food was good
- Group was very fun
- Trek was nice (country side, villages, inle lake).

Visited January 2014
Thank Laurent D
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