In the grand scheme of it all, I am still very new to Birmingham. I still feel like my head is stuck in Manchester sometimes… But I’m slowly getting to know Brum and I know that Sabai Sabai is staple to the dining scene.
Sabai Sabai pride themselves on their meeting of North and South Thai cuisine. They have restaurants in the suburbs of Birmingham as well as Stratford-Upon-Avon already. So it was obviously only natural for them to snag a city centre spot. Based near the Colmore Row area of restaurants it’s got a lot of competition, but Sabai Sabai’s reputation is more than likely going to carry it well here.
We started off with a signature cocktail from Sabai Sabai, The Bangkok Fizz (From the menu – Kalamansi puree, lemongrass syrup & Absolut Vodka shaken over ice with Prosecco). I always dread cocktails being picked for me, I don’t do overly sweet cocktails, but this was wonderfully tart. There was a real sour orange/lime flavour, which the Prosecco complemented. I would recommend if you’re in to fizz cocktails.
After our cocktails we were seated for dinner. Our evening was a preview night, which was going to feature a selection of dishes from the menu. Our starter was the Meat Platter. Served on a board (come on guys, find a plate already). This has on it, lamb chops, spare ribs, chicken wings & crispy duck spring rolls. The stand out parts of the platter for me were the sweet sticky ribs (I could’ve had a plate of these to myself!) and the duck spring rolls. I’m not a huge fan of chicken wings, so I didn’t really enjoy this, and the lamb was not a spicy as I expected. To be honest, I wouldn’t have picked this myself, but I can understand that Sabai Sabai wanted to showcase a few options here.
Next up were the mains, again Sabai Sabai choosing to showcase a few things here. I had a chance to checkout the menu ahead of my arrival, and I was so so glad to see they had picked the Beef Short Rib for us. This is slow cooked beef rib (well duh!) with a wonderfully fragrant Massaman Sauce. I just couldn’t stop, it was divine and perfectly melt in your mouth beef rib. (Please someone deliver me some).
Alongside this we had the Weeping Tiger (sirloin) which was flavoured with roasted rice powder and Thai herbs. The beef was tender and not chewy, but for me I was kind of hoping for a bit more spice (apparently the weeping tiger is not about the level of spice). I’m much more of a fan of saucy (ooh-er) Thai food. But I know the others were raving about this dish! We also had the Yellow Curry, this had baby corn, large chunks of potato, bell pepper and carrot. It was wonderfully fragrant, again because it was a curry I enjoyed it rather a lot. Although, I do prefer my Thai food a bit spicier if I’m honest…
To accompany our dinner we had some Jasmine Rice, which was as usual, but we also had some other interesting sides. The Tender Broccoli with crunchy peanuts was perfectly cooked, tender broccoli with that crunch worked really well. We had Papaya Salad, something I wouldn’t usually order but it was delicious! A game changer, lovely with the beef short rib. We also had a Chicken Pad Thai, where I was slightly perturbed that the peanut was missing – turns out it was on the side and it was a bit DIY. But the whole point of Pad Thai is to have the peanut crunch! Aside from that minor issue, it was tasty and again went well with our mains.
As this was a preview night, the food showcased wasn’t all what I would have picked and I can’t really comment on the service. But I was impressed with the cocktails and wine list, and that beef short rib. Oh man, I need that again! Sabai Sabai I’ll be back soon to check out the menu and gin based cocktails!
Do you like Thai food? What’s your favourite Thai dish? Would you try out Sabai Sabai? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. With thanks to Delicious PR and Sabai Sabai for inviting us down to try out this selection of the menu. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Sabai Sabai is located at Waterloo St, B2 5PG.