Thursday, 16 February 2017
Sabai Sabai Harborne
Sabai Sabai is a Thai restaurant with sites in Harborne, Moseley and Stratford-Upon-Avon. I visited the Harborne branch recently to try the winter specials with matched wine.
The Harborne restaurant is in a lovely spot at the top of the High St, with large windows and purple decoration. The bar has a large selection of wine and cocktails too. There are some classic cocktails, but I'd recommend trying the Thai-themed offerings, with ingredients such as basil, lychee and mango.
After a couple of cocktails, I joined a group of bloggers, press and those involved in the business at a long table in the window. We were trying the winter specials with a matched wine to go with each.
First- scallops in a white wine and lemongrass sauce (from £8.95) The scallops were well cooked and the sauce was delicate.
Jumbo prawns (from £8.95) were chargrilled and served in Choo Chee sauce, which is a gorgeous creamy, spicy red sauce.
Next up, Thai Spare Ribs (£7.95) and chicken wings. The rib was sticky and sweet and the wing had a great chilli heat though I wished the skin had been crispier.
Monkfish in panang sauce with red pepper (£16.95) was a favourite around the table. Beautifully cooked, meaty fish was served with rice and another lovely red curry sauce.
Lamb chops (£15.95) in a garlic and pepper sauce was served with fresh peppercorn. I've never seen this before and it was really interesting. I just had a couple of bites and it added a real intensity. The chop was a little too pink for me but I like a well done lamb chop.
Finally, rib eye steak (£16.95) sliced and served in a Massaman sauce. I loved the sauce and the steak was well cooked but it's not something I'd order.
For dessert, we were treated to deliciously moist coconut pancakes; one of my favourites. It came with ice cream but as the pudding was served on a slate, a lot of it dripped off. I'm not a plate fascist but ice cream on a slate does seem silly. This did not take away from the delight of the pancake.
Our meal was paired with many delicious and unusual wines. I would recommend heading to Wine Press Girl for better descriptions, but I particularly enjoyed the Riesling
Photos by Helen.
Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes.