As we all know, Sammy’s Kitchen has moved over the road out of Garema Place Precinct and into the new Canberra Centre development – here’s a blow by blow comparison.
An Old Sammy’s Kitchen Laksa for comparison purposes is a straight 10/10/10
NSK Taste (Flavour) = 10
Size = 10
Ingredients = 10
Decor/Cutlery = 9
Waiting Staff = 10
Cost = 10
New Sammy’s Kitchen is still comparable with the Old SK version – nothing has really changed in the product stakes. It is notable to mention that all of the cafe’s in the new Canberra Centre development have a shared toilet facility, if you are not careful you’ll end up in the wrong shop on your way back. The decor of NSK is upmarket and hipper than the previous place, although it is at the expense of losing that old chinese restraunt charm it had. An easy comparison would be that they just copied the decor from next door (wagamama) rather than opting to keep the chinese feel.
Another notable change is I didn’t notice very many chinese in the shop this time – usually a good sign that a chinese restraunt is a good one is the percentage of chinese eating there. The dynamic of the store seems to have changed with the decor, and is going for the the more upmarket crowd.
I’ll most probably return to the restraunt, due more to nostalgia and prior knowledge than the new feel. I already know they do a great meal, but if I didn’t, I would probably steer clear of the place. Competition has moved up a notch in that area of Canberra recently, and it is yet to be determined who the winners and losers will be. I’m sure there’s a McDonalds franchisee waiting for somebody to move on from that area, and it will be a real loss if that happens.