Sabai Thai Gastrobar

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212 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Thai
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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JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - tasty and flavoursome. The ambiance was excellent and service were prompt and heartwarming. What a great place for a staff party.

NA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunningly tasty food with great service and ambiance. Served us promptly before an early gig . Would highly recommend !

z
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed as soon as we arrived and our pre booked table was waiting for us. The staff were friendly and attentive. The atmosphere tranquil and relaxing, even when it became busy. The food was out of this world and great value for money. This is our new favourite Thai restaurant.

F
Hamburg Area
33 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Das Restaurant braucht dringend eine Renovierung und vielleicht sich einen richtigen Koch. Alles schmeckte beliebig und ohne Gewürz und das bei einem Thai.
Nur der nette Service rettete die Punkte.

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the serving staff were attentive and advised which dishes would suit our tastes. Very pleasant experience and really looking forward to going again in the near future. This is now my #1 Asian restaurant.

MB
London
20 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The place was deserted when we arrived so lacked any vibe. We sat outside with a pleasant view of Pavillion park, and its toilet. Food good but not exceptional and service slow given only 3 tables were in use

RD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. No 1 Thai spot in Brighton!

JM
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Awful. More awful. Most awful. Is the simple description. Booked on open table for 815 reservation , originally a party of 8, got brought to 6 cuz of traffic. We decided on what we wanted to eat from the menu on open table so our server could put the order in at 2030 for those running late , as it closes at 10pm. It was my bff's birthday dinner. Thanks for the bad memories ! 2005 I came and ordered a drink, explained our party of 8 likely would be 6 and handed in our order to be given to the chef at 2030. At 2025 our server came to let us know that there isn't a set menu. I assured her there is. On the site they use for bookings. She asked to see it and said she would work it out for us. I opened it and showed her n sent screen shots per her request. 2043 she comes to say she's acting manager but her boss, the manager, isn't there but she called her and she refused to accept our order without significanlty up-pricing (about 16gbp). On top of the ridiculous wait , nearly another 20 minutes since we had been told it would all be worked out for bus, after we settled in and ordered drinks, we are now told we can't be accommodated. My bff went after her about this. Which wasn't servers fault. In fact all staff were nervous and unsure of themselves, as well as had slow service since I had walked in, alone, served my drink, and observed while waiting for my guests. Moving on, after my bff laid it out in the manager via phone call , our requests were accepted. Minus a menu item not on the list. The set menu has coffee or tea provided but we weren't even offered. The food was 1/10 , really u get better food from a jar. None of the particulars were asked from us such as spiciness, sweetness, etc. Green curry was a bowl of salty chicken broth with fish oil and a dash of ccnut cream, spring rolls are fried and tiny, tiny teaspoon of sweet chili sauce was given on the side, seabass was good, penut sauce was too salty, courtesy prawn chips w/tespoon of sweetchili sauce for 6ppl

SM
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as always! My go to in Brighton when I fancy some thai food. Would recommend the thai yellow curry and the tofu satay.

H
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Thai food We have had-in this country without a doubt will be back when we are next in Brighton

G
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very relaxed interior with plenty of space. Good choice of food,well presented. Could have been a bit more punchy with heat but that's my own taste. Wine list was good. Staff were great .

BM
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, staff, atmosphere and location. Would definitely recommend.

M
West Sussex
7 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked at very short notice - beautiful place - lovely lady called Gina served us - great service and the food was out of this world - if you want a 5 star Thai meal them go here.

B
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

TS
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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??

g
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

E
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

SF
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food served in a relaxed informal setting.

MS
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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!

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Thai food in Brighton and Hove.

M
West Sussex
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DL
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

SC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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!

BB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

L
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

RF
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

j
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!).

JS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

J
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

LG
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience2

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.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening meal

DP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.