Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Sabai opened in the end of 2015, focusing on modern Thai cuisine and quickly rise into fame and named in the Australian Good Food Guide's Top 50 Cheap Eats for 2016. They believe the quality of the produce determines the flavour of the dish so they source the freshest ingredients around. Sabai also partnered with winery all over Australia and New Zealand to complete the experience. Manpreet and his wife created Sabai as their first venture, they love talking to the customers and keep growing to maintain Sabai on top of the game.

I have been wanting to visit Sabai for a while as usual my list grows longer and longer, somehow it's lost in the mix. My friend and her fiancee asked me to join them for a Monday lunch and her fiancee is a vegetarian so Sabai offering vegan/vegetarian alteration would be perfect for him. The restaurant it self have two storey with minimal yet classic interior. We started our lunch with some Fresh Coconut Water ($6) which was fresh and light.

Gai Tod - crispy fried chicken with spicy tamarind chilli sauce ($14) & Somtum - authentic green papaya salad, carrots, snake beans, crispy shrimps, Thai chilli, garlic, cashews, cherry tomatoes, lime, tamarind dressing ($16). The chicken was one of the recommendation at zomato but it was pretty average for me, it was crispy and well seasoned but nothing really outstanding for me. The somtum was fresh and light.

Special order Vegetarian Green Curry & Slow braised lamb shank Massaman - potato, cashew, roti ($21) with Jasmine rice ($3). The vegetarian green curry was really good, rich but not overwhelming and comes in a generous size but the star of the day was the Massaman curry. I don't normally like lamb but this version of lamb meat just falls of the bone, no gummy taste or smell and mixed in with the rich curry perfectly. The best lamb Massaman curry I have ever tasted in Melbourne. To top it all out the roti was one of the best as well, so crispy, yet buttery and flakey. Love it so much.

Penang Curry - 4hr slow braised Great Southern Pinnacle Beef Rib with Thai eggplant, chilli, herbs ($23). This dish comes out pretty similar with the Massaman curry but lighter and sweeter. I don't normally prefer lamb over beef but this time I do. The beef was tender but not as tender as the lamb and a bit blend inside unlike the lamb but seriously it's still a good dish. Above average for a curry dish.

Tom Yum - spicy sour soup with mushrooms, squid, crystal bay prawns, truss tomatoes, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves ($22). Tom yum is one of my favourite soup ever, the fillings was generous and well cooked but the broth was a little too light and need a touch of sugar for my taste.

Then we finish off with an army of dessert; Coconut Ice Cream - kaffir lime toffee ($10), Thai Tea Pannacotta - coconut crumble, berries ($12) and Affagato - mini magnum, kahlua, espresso, toasted coconut ($12). The coconut ice cream is not as rich as I would have prefer so does the Thai tea panna cotta and the panna cotta was a touch to dense for my taste. The pricing for dessert I think a lil bit too high. The affagato was unique in presentations but in taste I think it's pretty decent but not outstanding.

The service was pretty friendly but needed to be much more attentive. The restaurant was not that busy but the staff was busy talking to each other rather than pay attention to the customers. But overall, I really like Sabai for their curry and roti. Those two things comes a long way for me and I'll be back for them.

Sabai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
460 Church St
Richmond, VIC 3121
Monday-Friday: 11.30am-9.30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 4pm-9.30pm