Sambal Shiok


Malaysian | North London

This is the Holloway home for critically acclaimed Malaysian laksa specialists Sambal Shiok, headed up by Mandy Yin. The laksa is great, but so are all the other dishes. Look out for regular events there and enjoy the wine list with a focus on Riesling.

Test Drive

Test Driving Sambal Shiok - a laksa bar and much more on Holloway Road
Mandy Yin's popular pop-up has finally settled down in permanent digs on Holloway Road. We went to see why everyone's raving about her laksas.
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Restaurant details

171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX
Nearest station: Holloway Rd/ Highbury and Islington


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171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX


Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Tom Parker Bowles Mail on Sunday
Reviewed on January 26, 2019
"From the moment I walk in, nostrils caressed by the sweet scent of lemongrass and coconut, I know all will be OK." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Grace Dent Guardian
Reviewed on July 20, 2018
"This is a small, powerful, all-hits menu: a signature Kuala Lumpur laksa with a Peranakan underbelly; a hot, sunset-coloured, shrimpy, umami, soupy face-slap of a bowl rife with fat noodles, green beans and bean sprouts." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on July 14, 2018
"Sambal Shiok is a place of joy and great cooking. A beautiful thing to have in London and a wonder to have at my own back door." READ REVIEW