Sweet, tangy and spicy – Melbournians have had an enduring love affair with Thai cuisine. For Richmond locals, you will be pleased to hear that you can obtain your weekly Thai fix at Sabai. Newly opened, in replacement of Mamame Eatery & Bar, owner Manpreet wants to bring “Modern Thai cuisine served in a relaxed setting”. ‘Sabai’ means to relax in Thai. With soft mood lighting, bottles of wine and copious amounts of tasty sharing plates – you will have no trouble settling down with some fragrant curries and a glass of white. Julia Childs was right, ‘People who love to eat are always the best people’. Husband and wife team shared this enduring love of food, meeting in culinary school, working in kitchens and finally kickstarting their food dream. With the wife manning the kitchens and Manpreet serving front of house – great relationships can translate to great food.
The signature dish is no doubt the Massaman. A carnivorous portion of lamb shank is slow-braised for 5 hours. The meat falling off the bone with the tenderest touch. Sitting in a bed of dense, hearty massaman curry – this was exactly what we needed on a cold winter’s day. The cinnamon stick adding warmth and depth, the sprinkled cashews adding crunch and texture. Of course, what would Thai cuisine be without Roti bread to soak up all that fragrant goodness. The Lamb Shank is quick becoming the local favourite.
Starters are also tasty. You can never go wrong with soft shell crab sliders, sticky pork ribs and dumplings. The spicy twist coming in the form of a chilli jam and red curry glaze. Finish off your meal with a cup of coconut ice cream – creamy and divine with shavings of fresh coconut and kaffir lime. If you’re in the Richmond area, or looking for some comfort food, be sure to visit Sabai for a touch of tasty Thai.