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Great New Restaurants 2010: Sabai Sabai Simply Thai
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published October 4, 2010
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Sabai Sabai Simply Thai
Address: 19847-M Century Blvd., Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301-528-1400
Neighborhood: Germantown
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Thai
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Thursday 11 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 4:30 to 10. Open for lunch and dinner Friday 11 to 10:30, Saturday 11:30 to 10:30, Sunday noon to 9:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Larb, a spicy mix of ground chicken, lime juice, and peppers; chive dumplings; fried corn cakes with a cucumber condiment; peppercorn shrimp; pork skewers with a sweet/spicy dipping sauce.
Price Details: Starters $4.95 to $8.95, entrées $9.95 to $18.95.

Late last year, while the dining world was chirping about trendy gastropubs and food trucks, former Benjarong owners Fred and CiCi Hart quietly opened this strip-mall oasis. Its meditative interior—nature-inspired colors, a rock wall, and gallery-worthy photographs of Thai street life—fits the restaurant’s name (sabai sabai means “relax relax”). But it doesn’t apply to the kitchen’s bold flavors, which aren’t muddled with MSG and come out sharp, spicy, and intense. The three-part menu (classics, street food, and vegetarian) is long, and its many strengths rank the place among Washington’s top Thai restaurants.

Don’t miss: Larb, a spicy mix of ground chicken, lime juice, and peppers; chive dumplings; fried corn cakes with a cucumber condiment; peppercorn shrimp; pork skewers with a sweet/spicy dipping sauce. 

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