Toronto: Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar
I've been hooked on Thai food for the past two weeks! I had it 3 times last week in Cancun, and had it back to back just this week with visiting Pai and this cool little Thai Tapas spot just a few blocks from Eaton Centre and Ryerson in downtown Toronto. The moment I stepped into Sabai Sabai, my attention was immediately drawn to the table with fresh flowers and sunshine poured on. So naturally I took my seat there while one of the owner's, Jason came over, greeting me warmly and introduced their specialties on their menu.
When my girl friend arrived, we mingled a bit and proceeded in picking and choosing what we both wanted to try! Jason recommended about 2-3 tapa's per person, depending on hunger level, we agreed on 5 tapas to start, with 1/2 litre of 2011 Between the Lines Gewurztraminer, Lychee Peach and Mango White.
The first item that arrived on our table was the Crispy Fish done with a sweet and tangy tamarind reduction. I found the fish incredibly fresh, despite this being a fried fish - I was really surprise with how smooth it came out!
Second item that arrived was the Tom Ka Soup: tofu, fresh vegetables, coconut milk, lemon grass. It was creamy, rich with just the right amount of heat to start our palates.
Now 3rd tapa was these beautiful Grilled Chicken Wings with Sabai Sabai house marinade. I'm not sure what went into the marinade, however these were definitely one of my favourites of the evening. So juicy, so much flavour, so good with my wine.
And as a wonderful surprise from Sabai Sabai, this Laos Minced Pork Salad - 'Lettuce wrap with 'laap lao moo' + fresh herbs' got on our table too! This was a nice break in between our meats and wine. On the board was their housemade chilli sauce (ps: its really spicy!) my first wrap was nice and light until my spoonful of chili kicked in shortly after.
Our 5th tapas was the Massaman Curry with braised beef, potato and peanut. (Somehow lost the photo from the evening, but you can see it in the first photo of this post in the long oval shaped dish.) The curry itself was flavourful, however I felt like the beef could have been braised just a little more so that it gets to that 'fall apart and melt' stage. (but hey, each to their own style right?)
Last but not least, our now 6th tapas' on the table is the Street-Styled Tossed Noodles - ground chicken, peanut, tamarind sauce (Aka: The healthy pad thai according to Jason). Was a fine finish to our really good meal.
My highlight of this meal was the Crispy Fish and Chicken Wings. Two very simple items, done very well. I would absolutely come back here and bring more friends with me the next time I'm in Toronto, so that I can try more of their other tapas. I really enjoyed the energy and vibe of this place, even our waiter was super fun! Thank you for a great meal!
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