Myself and my husband were recently invited to the VIP opening of Sabai Sabai, a fabulous new Thai restaurant situated on Wood Street in Stratford-upon-Avon. Run and owned by husband and wife team, Juree and Torquil Chidwick, the couple also own two other Thai restaurants in Harborne and Moseley and were thrilled to be opening their third restaurant in Shakespeare’s home town.

The restaurant, which means “Relax and Chill”, is beautifully decorated in pale blues, greys and gold’s with traditional oak beams, subtle lighting and vases of stunning orchids. The restaurant is spread out over two floors and can seat 150 people so is also ideal for large parties as well as intimate meals.

During the evening we enjoyed complimentary Prosecco and Singha beer whilst listening to live music and chatting to the lovely owners and their team. However the highlight of the evening was sampling a vast selection of delicious, home-cooked traditional Thai canapés including sweet corn cakes, spring rolls, Toong Tong Pak (golden bags filled with mince vegetables), Satay Gai (strips of marinated chicken), Tempura King Prawns and Steamed Dumplings, all accompanied with either plum sauce or a sweet chilli dip. As if that wasn’t enough, platters of individual main courses were served including a Massaman Curry, Phad Thai (rice noodle dish) and Seabass.

We often holiday in Thailand, affectionately known as “Land of the Smiles”, and I can safely say that the food we enjoyed at Sabai Sabai was even better than the food we’ve enjoyed on holiday. The staff were attentive, courteous and extremely friendly, a real asset to this restaurant. It was like being back in the Land of the Smiles but without having to fly several thousand miles! There are many quality restaurants in Stratford but this one really stands out and is an excellent choice for either lunch or dinner during a visit to the town and the wider area of Shakespeare’s England.

For more information please visit http://www.sabaisabai-restaurant.co.uk/

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