Cheap Eats 2011: Sabai Sabai Simply Thai
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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.

When it's on, we're convinced this is the area's best Thai food. When it's not--which happens occasionally--it's still a notch or two better than the competition.

Many Thai restaurants invest heavily in their settings, and the space here is colorful and cheery. But this restaurant devotes as much attention to the food, from the quality of produce, fish, and herbs to the saucing--the perfectly cooked Tiger Peppercorn shrimp come with an unexpectedly delicate pepper sauce.

The most rewarding meals cover the range of the kitchen's expertise, which includes stellar vegetarian dishes (on a separate menu) and authentic renditions of Thai street food in addition to the usual curries, salads, and noodle bowls. If ever there were a place to leave behind the tried and true and explore, it's this one.

Also good: Roast-duck salad; chive dumplings; sweet corn cakes; drunken noodles; crispy duck with basil; kao kha moo (pork leg with pickled lettuce and spicy vinegar sauce.)

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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