When it comes to Thai food, Brum is seriously lacking in authentic options, so thank god for award-winning Sabai Sabai. Sabai Sabai has been a Thai staple in Moseley since 2003 after being founded by Jureerat Dykins and her husband Torquil Chidwick. Since then, restaurants in Harborne and Stratford-Upon-Avon have followed, with the latest opening situated bang in the middle of the city centre.
Based on Waterloo Street, Sabai Sabai is comfortable and classic with a busy atmosphere and a very distinct city centre vibe that suits its central location and post work clientele. The interior is plush, polished with Thai touches throughout- the hanging lanterns being brought back from Thailand especially.
A bar has been placed at the front of the restaurant, creating an appealing atmosphere for those who just want to pop in for a post work and pre food drink. This is a place to start your evening, as much as finish it.
The food menu showcases Thai food at its best with lots of choice to suit most tastes. The choice also extends to the cocktail menu.
We start with the Sabai Sabai Meat Platter at £12.95 per person. A huge platter comes piled with generous portions of delicious juicy lamb chops, crispy garlicy chicken wings crispy duck rolls and rich, sticky spare ribs. This is the platter to order if you’re undecided on what starters to have or you fancy sharing and picking with friends. For me, the salad garnish didn’t really add anything further to the platter and I’d have loved a dollop of the papaya salad instead which I keep thinking about a week on. No joke.
On to the mains and the choice is extensive and exciting. Favourites include a classic Pad Thai that is seasoned well and bursting with flavour and freshness and the braised Beef Short Rib in a rich Massaman sauce which has a lovely crunch from the cashew nuts and crispy shallots. The Papaya Salad with shredded papaya, dried shrimp, peanuts, carrots, cherry tomatoes and fine beans is also ridiculously good.
The Monk Fish Thai Green Curry with sliced chargrilled aubergine is a prettily presented dish- a big hit on the table and is gone before I even have chance to sample it.
On the side, we make room for crunchy and garlicy Tenderstem Broccoli which is a lovely addition to our feast and a comforting bowl of fluffy Garlic Fried Rice which is the dream.
We opt out of dessert but we do finish the meal with a round of strong Espresso Martinis which are the perfect end to the meal.
The food and cocktails at Sabai Sabai is delicious and it was a fun and vibrant atmosphere mid week. The vibe and tone does feel more ‘city’ to the Moseley and Harborne neighbourhood restaurants and that’s to be expected- there is certainly room for all of them in Brum and this latest opening will most definitely do well. The service was friendly and attentive and a massive shutout goes to Alex who looked after us all night and made us feel right at home.
*Thanks to Delicious PR, I was invited to try the food and drinks but as always my opinions are my own. Thanks also to Alex from Sabai Sabai for his lovely images of the interior- you the best*