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Review of Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar - MOVED

Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Thai
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Sabai Sabai Kitchen & Bar serves up deliciously authentic tapas style dishes from Northern Thailand and Laos in a relaxed, cool and casual setting. Enjoy Asian inspired cocktails and popular dishes such as crispy fried fish with tamarind sauce or the signature Khao Soi noodles with a cold BeerLao at the only restaurant in Canada exclusively importing this Laotian favourite.
Reviewed June 17, 2013

The food was very very good, no complaints there.

The only issue we had was with the price classification while searching for a low-cost restaurant. We checked the $ criteria (as opposed to a $$, $$$, or $$$; you get the idea) and this restaurant was included in the results. The problem is this is a "tapas" restaurant and you need to buy 2 or 3 dishes to make a meal. With the average dish at $8 or $9 each, this makes each person's meal anywhere from $16 - $27. Hardly a low-cost restaurant. I think Tripadvisor needs to reclassify this restaurant into a more appropriate category.

Aside from that, the food was excellent.

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3  Thank 1BigDaddy1
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Came here for dinner, got a table easily. Place was warm, air conditioner had some sort of problem. Server very good and attentive, explained and answered all our queries. Tried the
- crispy shrimp chips with tamarind, dip good chips average
- tom ka soup with shrimp, not hot enough, i.e., spicy
- deep fried squash fritters, excellent crisp and tasty
- 3 types of rice served in circular containers made of buri(palm leaves) all tasted the same;
- deep fried garlic shrimp, ordinary
- grilled pork skewers, good portions and well seasoned
- grilled chicken wings, nothing special
- thai fish in banana leaves, another winner
- shrimp panang curry, average
all dishes served in small tapas portions you have to double up on some; always a taste, hint of tamarind on all of them
- desert of sticky rice with mango and sticky rice with panda ?? not sure, good
eventually the place became a tad too hot for us, they opened the doors. Would come back here only for the squash fritters.

Thank conjuror88
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Excellent! Wonderful flavors, nice atmosphere, fair prices. I plan to go again before i leave the city.

The serving staff was knowledgable and gave us great advice.

Thank Glenparkdistrict
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Having lived in Bangkok years ago (my husband is Thai) we are always checking out new places to have Thai food. Sabai Sabai was definitely authentic and we chatted with the chef who is definitely from Thailand. We reminisced with her about the food we miss and some of them are on her menu! She created a tapas-style menu of Thai dishes and it brought us back to our memories of Thailand and we are so happy to have found another great restaurant serving comparable Thai cuisine in Toronto.

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Thank SugarMommy
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

First things first. Sumptuous, delicately spiced food, served tapas style. Papaya salad had a nice little bite; khao soi was delicious as was the masaman - the morning glory vegetables were stunning (I'd love to know what the flavour was in the greens...). The Rioja red was tasty and reasonably priced (for a restaurant - it's the province that is to blame for the otherwise crazy pricing). No pad thai on the menu was refreshing! The only item I thought was off was the tom ka soup - way too much coconut flavour. But perhaps this isn't a fault, but more of a different style; still, I wouldn't have it again although it is a soup I generally enjoy.

The environment is casual and elegant, as was the music - "Euro hotel" I believe it was called.

The service was friendly but uneven and it is here they have some improving to do. Our waitress was somewhat forgetful - perhaps too many tables to care for - and not skilled at explaining dishes ("it's great" doesn't really communicate much) or setting or clearing a table. A dishwasher walking through the room - twice - sporting rubber gloves and rubber apron was out of place and unappetizing. Small complaints, easily resolved.

This place is well worth your time. I expect we will be back to try again. This was an extended family visit, and the place was welcoming to us as a gay couple and our friends.

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Thank IaOrana_Maruuruu
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