I've been living & working in the Chalong are of Phuket for over 4 years now with my Thai wife so we have tried many local thai restaurants in the area over those years. We spotted Sabai Sabai Cooking School & Restaurant as we used to drive past the place often. The only thing that made us try it was that the sign advertises a cooking school, so we figured the food must be alright or they wouldn't be teaching other people how to cook it. We we're dead right, the food is delicious.
We really enjoyed the food but worried that within a month or two the standards would drop, as is the case with so many restaurants in Phuket. We have been eating here for almost a year now and not only has the menu increased but the quality of the food hasn't slipped an inch.
I have never took a cooking course here but I know many that have and the reviews have all been very positive. I hate cooking, no matter how good the outcome!!!!! This is why I come here often with my wife and little girl as it's as cheap as shopping for groceries, the food never spoils and you don't have to clean up after yourself!!!!!
I am originally from the UK so it was interesting to find out that "Ton" the owner & chef spent 8 years working in hotels, kitchens and restaurants in London before she came back to Phuket to open Sabai Sabai. So not only will you find great thai food on the menu but there are also some culinary treasures from the UK in there too. Ton has mastered the good old english breakfast and if your a Cantonese (Chinese) food fan then your gonna love the crispy duck with pancakes and Hoy Sin Sauce.
Children are well catered for and custom portions can be ordered. Wifi is free to all customers and I especially like the audio, video setup that they have. A laptop is viewed through a 47inch HD TV suspended in the dining area. Nice touch for youtube music videos and other internet content. My daughter is usually kept busy with barney or thomas the tank engine!!! They also have an ipod station hooked up to the restaurants sound system if you want to put on your own music.
Over the past 5 months, the the amount of people eating here has steadliy increased, mostly western expats, diving instructors and teachers so it's a great place for finding "out what's on" during your stay in Phuket.
I have two minor gripes when it comes to Sabai Sabai . . .
1. They only open from 5pm until 10pm on Sundays so my english breakfast is out of the question on my only day off!!!
2. It's one of the only properties on the soi (Street) that doesn't have a fresh lick of paint on it's store front (but most people don't seem to notice).