Just a little east of Yonge and Dundas is a non-assuming restaurant that is home to Chef Nuit's restaurant and bar, Sabai Sabai. A little different from Chef Nuit's other restaurants (ex: Sukhothai and Khao San Road who boast quite similar menus), Sabai Sabai has a more relaxed feel with a tapas-inspired menu reminiscent of classic Thai comfort food.
As soon as you walk in, you're not sure if you're in downtown Toronto anymore. The place has a distinctly chill vibe and we're not sure if it's just the dimly lit interior, birch tables, or the friendly staff but it feels natural to make yourself at home in the cozy restaurant.
Deep Fried Freshly Grated Squash Fritters ($7)
Crispy Shrimp Chips with Tamarind Dip ($4)
We started off with the Deep Fried Freshly Grated Squash Fritters ($7) and sneaked some Crispy Shrimp Chips with Tamarind Dip ($4) from someone else in our dining party. The squash fritters were like amped up sweet potato fries that kept us reaching for more until we found they were gone, far too young. The shrimp chips had a peppery taste to them that we didn't expect and while we weren't the biggest fans of the change, their perfect crunch still made for a pretty good appetizer.
Crispy Fish with Homemade Sweet & Tangy Tamarind Reduction ($8)
For our mains, we got the Crispy Fish with Homemade Sweet & Tangy Tamarind Reduction ($8), Grilled Chicken Wings with Sabai Sabai House Marinade ($7), and the Grilled Northern Thai Pork Skewers with Spicy Nam Chip Dip ($8). We only wish the dishes were as big as their names. Each serving was minuscule and unfairly addictive so that you either end up ordering a ridiculous quantity of dishes or staring longingly at your empty plate(s).
Grilled Chicken Wings, Sabai Sabai House Marinade ($7)
The sweet and tangy sauce complemented the crispy fish perfectly and the Sabai Sabai house marinade was a match made in heaven for the grilled chicken wings. The skewers were flawlessly grilled, each bite was blissfully succulent, and of course, the Spicy Nam Chip Dip was basically its soulmate. It's clear this place knows what they're doing when it comes to sauces.
Grilled Northern Thai Pork Skewers with Spicy Nam Chip Dip ($8)
Chef Nuit is like the Heisenberg of the Thai restaurant scene in Toronto and it looks like she has no intention of stopping anytime soon (no complaints). With a name that translates to "peace, tranquility, and a sense of well-being," Sabai Sabai is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of one of Canada's busiest intersections.