Sabhai Thai Restaurant is probably the most popular restaurant in Sidney – even Victoria residents will often drive out here when they are craving Thai food. The restaurant is always packed, and when the weather’s nice and the sun is shining, their large patio is always full of eager customers. Part of the reason Sabhai Thai is so praised is because it is the only Thai restaurant located in Sidney.
Satay ($8.00) – Four grilled chicken skewers, marinated in Thai herbs, spices, and coconut milk, served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. This satay dish had generous amounts of chicken packed full on its skewers (meat on traditional satay skewers is placed towards the top third of each bamboo stick), were nicely seasoned, and grilled to perfection. I really enjoyed the refreshing cucumber salad, as it was sweet and tangy, and was the right accompaniment to the chicken satay.
Gaeng Kari Gai ($13.00) – Chicken pieces sauteed in yellow curry paste with creamy coconut milk, potatoes, carots, red and green bell peppers and a hint of turmeric powder. This dish was thick and creamy, but I felt that the flavours were very one dimensional and would have desired a bit more chicken for the price. But nonetheless, this was a decent tasting yellow curry.
Phad Thai Goong ($13.00) – Flash fried rice noodles in sweet and sour tamarind sauce, with black tiger prawns, egg, tofu, green onions, bean sprouts, and roasted peanuts. As you can see from the photo, the dish was lacking enough sauce to fully cover all the rice noodles, so it ended up tasty a tad dry. As a comparison, click here to see the incredible Pad Thai we enjoyed in Krabi.
If you have ever traveled to Thailand, or have eaten at other Thai restaurants on Vancouver Island or the lower mainland, then you will be slightly underwhelmed by Sabhai Thai in terms of depth of flavours. However, if you’ve never had Thai food before, then you will adore this very popular restaurant.