Unfortunately, we are in a recession where gas prices are soaring, vacations are becoming a thing of the past and a day at the movies will cost you an arm and a leg. Without a doubt, going on a date can hurt your wallet and if your date is tired of eating at McDonalds, then here’s a budget-friendly restaurant that will benefit your stomach without breaking the bank– we’re talking about Sambi of Tokyo.
Located in the city of Downey, this eatery offers a great selection of steak, chicken, fish, and sushi. The ambiance is very serene and relaxing. There is a waterfall in the center of the restaurant which creates an intimate setting. They have live music every night, which entails a pianist who takes requests. So, if you really want to impress your date make a request that will wow her.
Sambi knows all too well about the economy so they offer an early bird special if you go Mon-Thur between the hours of 5:30 and 6:30pm. You can get a New York steak teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura for under $14. Plus, the meal comes with soup, rice, and your choice of ice cream. Or you can order an assorted Sushi platter for the same price.
This restaurant provides the food and atmosphere of a 5 star restaurant at a price fit for the average Joe. Close to the restaurant is a movie theater about a block away. If you’re a traditionalist then dinner and a movie is a great option. If dinner and a movie is too cliché for you, then walk a block in the opposite direction where you’ll find a coffee shop where you can get to know each other better. As an added tip don’t forget the flowers which street vendors usually sell for $5.
Pros: Great food, great atmosphere, great service
Cons: Gets crowded might have to wait a while but if you make a reservation you’re set.
Sambi of Tokyo is located at:
8649 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241
Phone (562) 869-1171
Walk ins are accepted and dress is casual.