Sabai Sabai, Waterloo Street

The fourth restaurant from the gorgeous Sabai Sabai pairing Torquil and Juree opened just before Christmas.

Until then, their Harborne eatery had been our go-to for a frequent fix of Thai food. The city centre restaurant is even more convenient which is both brilliant and bad. We’re thinking waistline people.

While Harborne is sprawling and open, Waterloo Street is more intimate with cosy corners to get settled in. There’s a cracking bar area too, which despite it being early days is already buzzing on a weekend.

The lunch menu which has been cleverly created is a tapas or Thai-pas (sorry!) inspired affair with five menu options each priced at £13.95 – the idea being you can try multiple dishes all served at the same time fitting neatly into your lunch hour. It works too. We were easily in and out in under 60 minutes feeling like we’d enjoyed a proper break from the office.

The Chiang Mai menu consisted of punchy, peppery chicken wings, a refreshing crispy duck salad and a lip-smackingly fiery green chicken curry. A Fever Tree elderflower tonic was an ideal match. A dedicated gin menu appealed, but midday was too early even for us.

The Krabi menu included our beloved favourite beef massaman which didn’t disappoint along with sweet sticky spare ribs and crisp, flavour-packed vegetable spring rolls. An Eastern Breeze mocktail with basil looked a treat and tasted great.

It sounds like a lot of food, but we found the portions just right and for two people who are always banging on about a loathing of oversized platefuls that’s saying something. The vegetarian menu, Lopburi looked great too although we didn’t sample it.

By 12.30pm the restaurant was pretty busy with corporate types shunning a soggy sandwich in favour of delicious, quick, warming food. The manager from Harborne has moved to Waterloo Street so he’s on board with the Sabai Sabai ethos and the whole team was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We wanted to love it and we did.



Sabai Sabai, Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PG. Tel: 0121 448 3850