Given the shortage of good Thai restaurants in Birmingham, Sabai Sabai is the kind of place that I should be going to more often. Except I can’t. Because I may have upset someone affiliated with the restaurant by being a self-entitled arse on Facebook, and now I may be too embarrassed / pig headed to show my face in the little restaurant down the road from where I live. Will I ever learn? Of course not, being an arrogant arse is ingrained in my DNA. But my stupidity is Deliveroo’s gain. When I am feeling flush it is my takeaway of choice. And sometimes its rescued me, like on last valentine’s day when it saved me paying for an overpriced set menu and allowed us to fake romance from the comfort of our own home.
It’s nearly always the same order; sweetcorn cakes, almost bhaji-like in texture and devoid of grease, to start, along with their crackers which are thick and crisp. We always order the Pad Thai noodles, silky and moreish, with perfectly judged acidity from the lime. We scatter it generously with both peanuts and chilli flakes and entwine the chicken with the noodles. It captures the very essence of Thai food.
I’d written about the holy basil stir fry before, so I’ll spare you the finer details again. It’s my favourite thing on the menu here – spicy enough to hold interested, with enough veg to nourish. It gets even better with the addition of egg fried rice that soaks up the salty sauce and ensures the plate enters the kitchen clean.
We both agreed that this was up their with the best we’d ever had from Sabai Sabai – proof that food can travel and still be as good. The only thing stopping us from having it every week is the cost; both mains are about a tenner, starters around a fiver, rice £3.55, and crackers a hefty £2.25. Add that up and it doesn’t come cheap. My opinion? Treat it as a meal out – order it and crack open a decent wine. Make a night of it. It’s worth it.
Deliveroo kindly provided the credit for this meal. Sabai Sabai can be found in Moseley, Harborne, and Stratford-Upon-Avon. For free credit on your first order please see use the code roo.it/simonc3898