Sabai Sabai is a new Thai spot just south of Ryerson from first-time restaurateurs Jason Jiang and Seng Luong, who’ve partnered with Jeff and Nuit Regular of Khao San Road and Sukhothai fame. The restaurant’s name translates roughly to “Everything’s chill,” which more or less sums up the relaxed vibe the owners are trying to cultivate. The room evokes Thai bars of the 1930s, with vintage prints and collages plastered all over the smoky blue walls and Southeast Asian cocktails dispensed from the long blond wood bar. Nuit Regular presides in the kitchen, where she cooks some of her favourite casual Northern Thai comfort foods not offered at her other restaurants.
The 65-seat restaurant is intended to be part bar as well. Cocktails are made with Southeast Asian ingredients like fresh lemongrass, cilantro and lime leaves, and are sold by the glass ($8) and by the pitcher. There’s also a short list of Ontario white wines and international reds, and a beer list that will soon feature Beerlao, the Laotian lager that is otherwise unavailable in Toronto.