Sabai Sabai has been a popular Thai restaurant in Moseley for years – so popular that they have also opened a second restaurant in Harborne and recently won ‘best restaurant’ at the Birmingham Awards. Myself and some fellow food bloggers were invited down to Moseley last week to try out the new Christmas menu and as always, I was interested to see what would be on offer for vegetarians/pescatarians to report back to you lovely lot.
The restaurant in Moseley is much smaller than the one in Harborne, giving it a cosy and intimate feel. In true Thai style, the staff were incredibly friendly and looked after us really well throughout the course of the evening. The restaurant is dressed in a traditional Thai decor giving it a really authentic feel which, as we were about to find out, perfectly suits the quality of the food.
As this was the first Thai meal I’d eaten since actually being in Thailand, it’s fair to say that I arrived with perhaps somewhat unfair expectations. Upon receiving the starter however, I was pleasantly surprised. The plate in front of me was full of vegetarian savoury treats such as sweet corn cakes, vegetable tempura, spring rolls and golden bags, served with three delicious dipping sauces. Each of these was incredibly tasty; crispy and packed full of flavours. The presentation of this dish was also a highlight of the meal, with traditional Thai fruit/veg carving carried out to perfection.
Next we moved onto trying the main dishes of the Christmas menu. Not only did I try the beautiful fish options such as the sea bass and monk fish, but I was also served two tofu dishes: Thai tofu salad and tofu yellow curry. I’m not actually a huge fan of tofu (not good for a veggie!) but I could appreciate that it was well marinated and fried just right for a bit of crisp. The salad was, well, a raw salad, and I wouldn’t recommend this dish simply because it didn’t show off the skills of the chef that were evident in the other mains. The yellow curry on the other hand was divine; perfectly cooked veg and a mild, creamy and light sauce that tasted extremely authentic. Again, the presentation of many the mains made the meal really special.
Finally we sampled the desserts that are on offer on the Christmas menu: chocolate brownie and coconut pannacotta. The pannacotta was particularly nice, with a subtle flavour and served with mixed fruits that went really well. The brownie was nothing special, and because it’s such a western dessert it slightly spoilt the authenticity of the meal. However, the addition of the brownie on the menu is understandable; if they only offered the traditional fresh fruit for afters this would be disappointing for many diners, including myself!
Overall Sabai Sabai’s Christmas menu impressed all of us, meat-eaters and veggies alike, and I would recommend it to any fans of Thai cuisine. The three courses come in at a very reasonable £24.95pp (£18.95 between 12-2.30pm) and would be perfect for a Christmas party with friends or a cosy winter date night. With such a high standard of food and such friendly staff it is easy to see why it is such a firm favourite in Birmingham. Thank you to Anita for arranging the evening and for everyone at Sabai Sabai for having us!
The food and drinks at this event were complimentary for review purpose. This does not affect my honest opinion.