Sweet, tangy and spicy – Melbournians have had an enduring love affair with Thai cuisine. For Richmond locals, you will be pleased to hear that you can obtain your weekly Thai fix at Sabai. Newly opened, in replacement of Mamame Eatery & Bar, owner Manpreet wants to bring “Modern Thai cuisine served in a relaxed setting”. ‘Sabai’ means to relax in Thai. With soft mood lighting, bottles of wine and copious amounts of tasty sharing plates – you will have no trouble settling down with some fragrant curries and a glass of white.
A few nights ago we got the opportunity to sample Sabai Thai, a new kid on the block along Church Street at the Richmond suburb. I love restaurants with an edge and Sabai Thai is uniquely so, as it offers Thai fusion by having lots of different Asian flavours to its dishes. Every dish is truly fresh and flavourful, with no MSG added, just natural flavours.
Sabai prides themselves on being classically inspired, yet creative Thai food. The restaurant is located on the corner of Church and Swan Sts, just steps away from the East Richmond station. Sabai is really answering the call of the area, by providing outstanding Thai meals at reasonable prices, seven days a week. The menu is guided by the four points of the 'Thai food compass', a combination of hot, sweet, sour and salty flavours. There's a huge focus on fresh, organic and free range food, so once they're sold out of a meal, it’s sold out.
Chasing a plate
Located at the Swan and Church street intersection, Sabai is looking to fill a gap in this corner of the city with a menu that will appeal to the conservative as well as the more adventurous diner. Dishes veer from the very creative end of the spectrum; stir fried spaghetti with chicken, capsicum, basil and chilli to the more recognisable; lamb shank massaman, to the safe; braised duck in red curry.