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Sukhothai coming to Dundas West 
(Image: Renée Suen)

(Image: Renée Suen)

 

Toronto has dozens of lackluster Thai restaurants, and just a few good ones—most of which are owned and operated by Nuit and Jeff Regular, the husband-and-wife team behind Sukhothai, Sabai Sabai and Pai. According to BlogTO, they’ll soon be adding yet another Southeast Asian spot to the lineup, this time on the trendy stretch of Dundas between Gladstone and Dufferin. The third location of Sukhothai, the Regulars’ original Thai eatery, will take over the huge space at 1442 Dundas West, previously occupied by short-lived brunch spot The Guild. For the area’s sake, here’s hoping they can make it work—decent Thai take-out is nothing to sneeze at.

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Introducing: Pai, the new Thai clubhouse from Nuit and Jeff Regular

Name: Pai
Neighbourhood: King West
Contact Info: 18 Duncan St., 416-901-4724, paitoronto.com, @PaiToronto
Previously: A Golden Griddle
Owners: Sukhothai and Sabai Sabai owners Jeff and Nuit Regular, with Janet Zuccarini (who also owns Gusto 101)
Executive Chef: Nuit Regular

The Food: Thai food experts Nuit and Jeff Regular are slowly introducing Torontonians to Thailand’s full panoply of regional cuisines. They serve central-Thai food at Sukhothai, northeastern Isan cuisine at Sabai Sabai and now, at Pai, traditional dishes from the country’s far-northern tip, which is known for its particularly fragrant and spicy food. Options include a gingery gaeng hunglay curry with oxtail, a pork-and-offal salad, and a DIY papaya salad with salted crab. (The plates are served family-style, and eating with your hands is strongly encouraged.) A simpler menu of bite-sized snacks (e.g. pork rinds, mussels) is available at Bebop, the casual, all-day snack bar.

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Recipe: Sabai Sabai chef Nuit Regular’s beautifully balanced papaya salad

Toronto Life Cookbook 2012 Recipe: Papaya Salad
Toronto Life Recipes | Appetizers
PAPAYA SALAD
By Nuit Regular
Sabai Sabai

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Nuit and Jeff Regular are opening another new Thai restaurant downtown

Jeff and Nuit Regular

(Image: Jeff Regular)

Three months after breaking ties with Khao San Road, Nuit and Jeff Regular are heading back to the Entertainment District district to launch Pai, the third Northern Thai spot from the husband-and-wife restauranteurs in the last six months (late last year they opened Sabai Sabai and a second location of Sukhothai). The news slipped in a tweet and Facebook posting from Janet Zuccarini, their business partner and owner of Gusto 101, King West’s popular Italian-restaurant-in-an-auto-garage. Named after the Thai city where the couple met and launched their first restaurant, Pai is slated to open in the fall in the former Golden Griddle space at 18 Duncan Street. [NOW]

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Review: Sabai Sabai, the latest Thai restaurant with Nuit Regular in the kitchen

(Image: Renée Suen)

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Sabai Sabai  1 star 
225 Church St., 647-748-4225
sabaisabaito.ca 

Chef Nuit Regular has acquired an ardent fan base over the years, first at Sukhothai, her takeout Thai spot in Regent Park, and then at Khao San Road in the Entertainment District. Devotees will surely follow Regular to Sabai Sabai, her most polished restaurant yet, done up with a swank, dimly lit bar, dark wood floors and cozy two-tops.

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Gallery: 8 inventive takes on pho, ramen and other noodle dishes at Slurp Noodlefest

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Dennis Tay and Carl Heinrich from Richmond Station (Image: Igor Yu)

The city’s hard-core ramen fixation has been going strong for about a year now, but it was an earlier Toronto noodle love, Vietnamese pho, which inspired Suresh Doss (Food Truck Eats) to host yesterday’s Slurp Noodlefest. The idea stemmed from a dinner conversation that Doss had with chefs Susur Lee and Carl Heinrich about Toronto’s many excellent pho options. Doss wanted to see what the younger generation of chefs, who’ve had plenty of exposure to pho, could come up with, so he invited them down to The Great Hall to show off their best noodle dishes. The all-star roster included Heinrich, A-OK’s Chris Jang, Nick Liu of the upcoming GwaiLo,  Sabai Sabai’s Nuit Regular, Matthew Sullivan of Skin and Bones and even Splendido’s Victor Barry, who stayed true to his restaurant’s haute-cuisine with a porcini and perigord truffle ramen with a sous-vide egg.

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Trend We Love: adorable restaurant power couples

Toronto Restaurant Couples

Tobey Nemeth and Michael Caballo of Edulis

A surprising number of buzzy new restaurants have opened in recent years that are owned or operated by married couples—and in honour of Valentine’s Day, we’re using their amped-up awe factor to give the staid, wholesome mom-and-pop image a mushy makeover (we just can’t help ourselves!). Here, a look at nine of Toronto’s cutest restaurant power couples.

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Weekly Lunch Pick: Sabai Sabai’s rich and fragrant massaman curry

(Image: Andrew Brudz)

Nuit Regular is one of those chefs whose culinary groupies follow her from kitchen to kitchen. After her recent split with Khao San Road, the place to go for Regular’s distinctive northern Thai cuisine is Church Street’s new Sabai Sabai, where the lunch menu is full of comfort food perfect for the dead of winter.

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Jeff and Nuit Regular split with Khao San Road

Chef Nuit Regular at Khao San Road (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Jeff and Nuit Regular, the husband-and-wife team who left Sukhothai in 2011 to help launch Khao San Road, have now left that restaurant as well. The pair are focusing on Church Street newcomer Sabai Sabai, where Nuit is the chef. They’ve also been involved with the expansion of Sukhothai, now run by Jeff’s parents, into the St. Lawrence Market area.

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Introducing: Sabai Sabai, a new Northern Thai restaurant and bar on Church

Introducing: Sabai Sabai

(Image: Renée Suen)

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.

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