Sabai Sabai Simply Thai Is Simply, Simply Good

Let’s face it, a real boon to living in the Washington, D.C., area is the fabulous array of cuisine. It’s pretty outstanding, a mix of good, great, and even better.

I’m not picky enough to call out the clunkers, but to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t satisfied with an area restaurant … well, OK, I take that back, kinda. See, it was actually hard to remember something somewhat sketchy, so you know I’m not lying. Actually, there was this other one that was overpriced too, but I digress (stop me before I make a liar of myself).

I can truthfully say this area offers all kinds of restaurants and cuisine, including a favorite of mine: Thai.

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And for the Germantown renter with a hankering for Thai food, you probably couldn’t do much better than Sabai Sabai Simply Thai (their website, which is as spotty as a cheetah, i.e., it doesn’t work all the time, also sports another editorial nightmare, that of the floating nomenclature).

Judging by its Zagat rating, I think I’m on safe ground here heralding Sabai Sabai. Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, known on the Sabai Sabai site as Tom Sietsema (they must think Tom is a bit sleepy), gave the restaurant a good rating, and also clued us in on a different sensibility: “street fare and vegetarian dishes.”

From the dinner menu, you can choose from entrees like prik glua (crispy, spicy stir fry) or ginger stir fry; several noodle, rice and curry dishes; and their Sabai signatures, which include crispy duck tail with basil, spicy catfish and tender grilled salmon. These dishes run from $10.95 to $22.95. Oh yeah: Some of the seafood is market priced.

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The street fare mentioned by Sietsema are foods that Thais see as the equivalent to our fast foods or snacks, stuff you’d buy from an outside street vendor, Thai style (priced from $10.95 to $14.95). Vittles like crying tiger (grilled marinated beef slices with dipping sauce), ka-na moo krob (crispy three-layer pork) and kao soi (curry soup with egg noodles, with choice of chicken or tofu). And the vegetarian selections (from $10.95 to $13.95) include herbal tofu, pad woon sen (stir-fried clear noodles with egg and vegetables) and the cleverly-named you think it’s duck curry.

The lunch menu is a bit skimpy, but you can’t have everything in life.

Sabai Sabai is open daily for lunch and dinner (check the site for times), so why don’t you come out and have some Thai food in Germantown? You might even wanna go – two times.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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