Tempura snacks and tambourine whacks

Andre Giorgi/Time Out
Inside Samurai
Inside Samurai

Lesser known than some other karaoke spots, this cavernous room situated above a homely restaurant offers a large snack menu and plenty of space to stretch out. At the top of the staircase, a glitzed-out hostess in her fifties takes your name and seats you, then sings along with the participants while smacking a tambourine at the front of the huge stage.

Spacious enough to accommodate an entire roller derby team (we speak from experience), the high stage platform overlooks a low-lit room flanked by a more traditionally Japanese shoes-off dining section, and as such, singers are often barefoot. Drinks are mostly of the standard Brazilian beer and domestic sake variety, but there are some mixed drinks, like a White Russian. As for the eats, the tray of tempura is substantial, fancifully arranged in a fan shape, and tastier than you would expect in a place where people drop their chopsticks to mount the stage for a bit of impromptu backup singing. The wait for singing is reasonably brief, and the waiting staff is attentive.

Samurai details

Address Rua da Glória 608

Liberdade, São Paulo

Telephone (11) 3208 6969

Samurai website

Open 7pm-3am Mon-Sat


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