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What used to be a Wendy's fast-food restaurant has been converted successfully into a tasteful, tranquil Thai eatery, complete with a full bar. Service can be spotty, but the food delivers on almost all fronts, whether it's a handful of spicy curry dishes (especially the seafood green curry) or modern takes on old standbys such as pad Thai or fried rice. Sa Bai's signature sauces are bursting with flavor and really kick up a notch such delicious appetizers like crab wonton rolls and satay. Salads and soups may not pack the punch of the Valley's more traditional Thai joints, but there is more than plenty of entrees to love on SaBai's menu.
I love Thai. This was a really bland version of Thai. At first glance, you can tell the place used to be a Wendy's, but they did a great job covering it up. The atmosphere is nice, we were hopeful. We started out with the Satay for an appetizer and we were impressed. The addition to curry on the chicken was interesting and the peanut sauce was great. They brought out our daughters and my wife's dish first. Daughter ordered Pas See-uie and my wife ordered Casher Chicken (medium spicy) and they where able to accommodate Gluten Free. My Pad Prik King came out ten minutes later. I ordered that hot. The food, for the most part was bland. Not the ingredient popping flavor that we expected in Thai. My "hot" Pad Prik King had no heat at all. Overall, nothing BAD about the flavor... just flavor lacking in terms of Thai. Bummed there was no Panang (or many curry options) on the menu as well. sad to say we had high hopes as many have reviewed this place and said it was great. For us, it was meh. If we want Thai, we want a lot of flavor. This is a very watered down American version of Thai food. More like a Thai-lite or Chinese-Thai place.
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Relax. Now open them. What sits before you is tasteful tranquility. A white bowl of pleasing, pale green liquid, succulent pink shrimp, scallops, calamari tinged with shades of purple, and small, light gray... More »
Swing a dead cat in some parts of this town, and you'll hit a Thai restaurant or three. Or nine. There's no shortage of tom yum in these parts, and damned if we can figure out why -- but we'll take it. If you want a really special Thai experience, though, head to a part of town where the pickings are slim -- east Phoenix. Housed in an old Wendy's (drive-thru still operable for to-go orders!) Sa Bai Modern Thai lives up to its name, offering some new twists on old favorites co-owner... More »
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