Sabai Thai Gastrobar

4.3
199 reviews
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Thai
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  • Authentic
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  • Spicy
The Thai word ‘Sabai’ translates simply as ‘relaxed’, the perfect description of this Brighton gastrobar where the urban cool of London on Sea is matched to the ethnic charm of the Land of Smiles. Bringing a taste of Phuket’s beach bars and Bangkok’s most upmarket restaurants to the UK, Sabai is all about chilling out, South East Asian style – a fact which is patently clear from the silk floor cushions, cocktail menu and warm, smiling welcome. The deep red and dark wood, gold and green interior is as beautiful as Sabai’s freshly cooked, authentic food, MSG free and made using local ingredients where possible and imported Thai herbs and spices where essential. Because everything is made to order, special requests are welcomed.
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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food hot & delicious. Surroundings/ambience good although tables fairly close. Good location.
Not easy to select gluten free dishes from the menu.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Why would any one need to ask for Rice !
Why ask for the order twice.
We were short of rice in the end.
Bill was not itemized.. How to check it??

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The manager and his team are great. We were late for our booking and they made a great effort to find us a table. The food and ambiance were lovely and we had a great evening.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Meal with partner, food and service both very good, would definitely go back

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was good. The Thai green curry, wraps and the salad were lovely. The seafood dish with squid was overcooked and a bit tough. The rainbow pad Thai replaced noodles with veg, very fresh, with a good texture, but it was very sweet and salty. I needed several glasses of water and couldn't finish it. Overall I would say it is good value, but check out the salt, sweet, chilli levels when ordering.

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SF
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food served in a relaxed informal setting.

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MS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable evening with work colleagues for our Christmas meal out, in a very comfortable ambiance with the most amazing, delicious, authentic Thai food!

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Thai food in Brighton and Hove.

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M
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location in middle of Brighton- excellent service and top notch food - best Thai around by miles.

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SR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most authentic Thai food I've ever had outside Thailand. Loved it! Great value for money and friendly staff would recommend.

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DL
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for Sunday Lunch and were the only ones in there. Food was really good and would definitely go again.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for my son’s birthday, great food and friendly staff, recommended.

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Decent enough, very good service and food was good, though not spectacular; the basic Pad Thai is a little bland and you need the Sabai own Pad Thai for the usual bells and whistles!

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BB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I expected the place to be well kept, but it wasn't so. The table wasn't clean, and there were lots of flies inside.
The staff weren't overly friendly either and the food wasn't great.
It's not somewhere I'd go back to again. We finished our meal quickly and left.

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L
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Staff very friendly and polite, food very tasty but a bit pricey compared to other Thai restaurants. The restaurant is quite nice. Close to the town so easy to find.

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RF
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, well prepared and presented. The staff was friendly and attentive . Loved it! Can’t recommend it enough.

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j
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been wanting to go to Sabai Thai Gastrobar for four years. Finally went and was not disappointed at all. My family and I eat Thai food very often and have been to Thailand six times, so we can say we know our Thai food- and this was excellent! So many vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options too which was great! The staff were really friendly too. I will definitely go back next time I am down in Brighton! I recommend the Tom Kah soup (with sticky rice!).

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JS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Thai you should like this restaurant. We have been a few times, whenever we are visiting Brighton and have never been disappointed.

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J
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food and service. Certainly would go back to try other great dishes.

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T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Thia food with lovely surroundings and very good friendly service.

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LG
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had the Bangkok set meal and it was excellent. We also ordered pre-dinner drinks and my husband was disappointed to see that his gin and tonic was presented already mixed and so the gin was drowned. When he asked for a replacement the barman told him that it had the correct amount of tonic and he knew as he had has been to bar school! The drink was replaced but this attitude was disappointing hence the loss of 2 stars for service. Don't let it put you off going as the food is amazing but either have your G&T elsewhere or specify how you want it served.

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

I was very impressed with the food. We were a group of 6 eating quite late for a Tuesday evening, so that is why the ambience rating is low as we were the only people in the restaurant, although a group of 3 did turn up after us. Would definitely recommend the restaurant which was my son's recommendation as he has picked up orders from Sabai for Deliveroo.

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Thai food and you are in Brighton then this place is an absolute must

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening meal

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DP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked Sabai Thai on a recommendation and we were not disappointed.
Friendly staff, prompt service and delicious and plentful food.
Will revisit in the future.

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance, definitely somewhere to try for authentic tasting Thai food.

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I have been here and just as brilliant as I remember from the first visit a year ago. Delicious food, by far the best out of Thailand that I have come across! Friendly service and accommodating even though we were half an hour late for our reservation!! (Greatly appreciated) Would recommend to everyone, particularly for the many vegan options available on the menu that don't fail on taste either. Superb. Can't wait to go again.

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MN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always reliable good fresh food, and served fairly quickly by pleasant polite staff

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We took our granddaughter (a vegetarian) and 10 month old great granddaughter here for dinner. The baby had a special chair fixed to an ordinary chair (better than a high chair) so she was very much part of the social occasion. We liked this. There were plenty of vegetarian dishes to choose from. Indeed the menu was good with a wide choice . This was not the best Thai I have ever tasted but it was a perfectly decent and reasonably priced meal.

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding really great food and staff. You cannot get better than this.awesome

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful selection for vegans (listed seperately on the menu ). Great value and quick, friendly service

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Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose this restaurant as we all enjoy Thai food, especially my husband, and it was his birthday. It was one of the few Thai restaurants in Brighton that was open during the day on a Sunday. We liked the intimate, authentic setting and found the staff to be very friendly. The food was delicious and good value, especially the set lunch menu. We would definitely return, and recommend this to anyone who enjoys Thai food.

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AL
London
56 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, very busy so would advise booking. Food tastes fresh and the variety of dishes was vast. The courses were not rushed and staff friendly. I would recommend this restaurant.

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R
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Was a nice meal but have had better in Brighton

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BB
London
55 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is lovely. We had dumplings and Tom yum soup to start followed by chicken with basil and jungle prawn curry. It was all okay but not nothing special or that would make
me want to return. The soup was a quite salty.

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B
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu had many great dishes.
They starters were really tasty and the Green Curry was superb

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly recommend for the quality of food and service. A relaxing ambience suitable for what we were looking for.

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Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Sabai Thai on a Sunday evening to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We thought it would be just us in there, but when we arrived there was a really nice atmosphere with lots of tables full of people enjoying their evening! The lighting was lovely for our "date night" and we sat next to the waterfall feature which we thought was great. The food was amazing and tasted fresh with lots of clear flavours! Best green Thai curry I've ever tried so we will definitely be back!! Staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble which made our evening perfect! Thank you again Sabai Thai, we absolutely loved it and can't rate you enough for a great evening!!

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G
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Me and my boyfriend booked this place 5 weeks before going to the restaurant. It was amazing I cannot believe how great it was. Food was literally amazing! I would recommend highly!!!

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y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found it on the Internet, so pleased. Really wanted to eat this night . You would never think it was down the street is was, hard to find. Really really good food. Will go again next time I'm in Brighton . Best Thai food I've had out side Thailand

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