Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar
81 Bloor Street E
Toronto, ON M4W 1A9
Sabai Sabai is a popular Thai restaurant in Toronto. They just moved from their old location near Ryerson to the corner of Park Rd and Bloor St. The new location is still rather large and kind of has the same feel. Still nice looking inside and similar to that of Pai Toronto. The menu offers up Thai and Lao cuisine so you will find many favorites like Pad Grao Pow and Khao Soi. They also have a large vegan menu to cater to anyone as well.
My friends and I did start with a couple of apps on the night. The Lao Style Chicken Wings and the Fried Fish were favorites of the staff so we ordered them. The Fried Fish ($8) was slightly crisp and soggy on the outside, but the white fish inside was flaky. The batter was similar to tempura and the sauce they used was very sweet. Worked nicely though.
The Lao Style Chicken Wings ($12) were easily the best thing I had that night. They were incredible. Rich char flavor on the jumbo wings that also had some slight burn marks from the grill. The sauce they used also leaned on the sweet side but was just so good. The wings were tender, and though I wish they were a bit more crisp or firm, the flavor profile was so outstanding, that it was only a minor flaw in the dish as a whole.
My main was the Beef Khao Soi ($15). It's a favorite of mine when I do go to these Northern Thai restaurants. This version was good, but not the greatest. The beef cubes were tender and had a strong beefy flavor. The curry was rich, creamy, and very heavy. The egg noodles were very soggy and were enveloped by the sauce so it was almost like drinking noodles instead of getting that bite you long for in pasta.
Service was wonderful. The atmosphere was great as it can be both a romantic date or a good night out with friends. The parking situation blows as there isn't a major Green P close by, but there are some street parking spots along some back roads. The further away from Yonge and Bloor, the better (or just take the TTC). Either way, this Thai joint is worth a stop over. Especially if you enjoy places like Nana, Pai, and Khao San Road.
Ambience: B | Service: B+ | Price: B- | Food: B