Mandy Yin is one of the few Malaysian chef/owners in the UK, having founded Sambal Shiok in London in 2013. She is a Malaysian-born Chinese of Peranakan Nyonya heritage.
"I take inspiration from everything I ate in my childhood growing up in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Then I mix it up and put a new slant on it."
Sambal Shiok started trading at street food markets in 2013. Listening to customer demand led to Mandy narrowing her focus on laksa and starting a pop-up restaurant. Her pop up laksa bar had sell out runs across London before she opened Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar in Highbury in June 2018 to widespread critical acclaim.
We showcase the diversity of Malaysian cuisine in vibrant surroundings with exemplary service. With unique yet accessible food, creative drinks and friendly, informed service, we strive to be THE Malaysian destination restaurant in London.
Our menu centres on our signature Nyonya curry laksa, fully customisable including using an untraditional vegan broth. We also have carefully curated snacks and rice dishes which rotate every few weeks, or whenever we feel like it. You will find and learn about a huge variety of South-East Asian ingredients in our kitchen such as shrimp paste, dried shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir limes leaves, pandan.
Our primary focus is on taste. We also believe in quality not quantity when it comes to how we work and what we produce. We aim to make as much as possible ourselves in-house, like our sauces, spice pastes, pickles, crackers.
Mandy's mission is to introduce as many people as possible to Malaysian flavours. Most of our menu is vegan/vegetarian, and we choose to only use halal meat because being Malaysian, she wants to serve everyone and be welcoming to everyone. Food is the greatest unifier.
There is absolutely zero tolerance of bullying, harassment or discrimination of any kind. We foster a merit-based and results-focused environment. Our restaurant is a safe and welcoming space for everyone - our customers AND our staff.
We are hiring a full time Floor Supervisor for our front of house team with immediate start.
You will join a solid, well-functioning, efficient team. We are proud to have very low turnover of core staff. Our current Floor Supervisor is leaving us to start a university course as a mature student.
The most important quality to us is a can-do, positive attitude! Enthusiasm for spicy Asian cuisine is definitely a bonus.
The basics we look for in new team members are as follows:
- Passion for delivering an exceptional guest experience
- Hard working
- A warm, engaging personality
- A team player
- Well organised and happy to take responsibility
- Quick to learn and adaptable
- Attention to detail and presentation
- Honest and straight to the point communication skills
- Fluent in English and have the right to work in the UK
In addition, we describe the values that we look in any new team member as "High Performance" values:
Experience as a supervisor or senior waiter/waitress would be preferred. This role would suit someone who is looking to take on responsibility within an exciting, dynamic team.
- Great working hours (maximum 5 x 8 hour shifts every week)
- Working in a tight-knit, super supportive and diverse team, both front and back of house
- Good staff meal on shift
- 50% staff discount when you dine in with a plus 1
- 10% family and friends discount
- Quarterly staff outings: past days out have involved epic feasting and karaoke!
We look after our people and want you to be the best that you can be!