As a blogger, I find myself at all sorts of events, and sometimes get invited somewhere alongside press, PRs and general important types, which is obviously very different from your standard blogger event.
Sabai Sabai in Harborne (they also have a branch in Moseley) invited a selection of friends, bloggers, PRs, press and foodie types to celebrate the launch of their new menu.
Sabai Sabai offer modern Thai cuisine, and I’ve actually being meaning to go and try it out for a while. I adore Thai food, and we live very near the Harborne restaurant. It’s one I’ve walked past and looked at longingly on many an occasion…
The restaurant itself is lovely inside, with huge windows letting the sunshine pour in. I arrived straight from work, hot, flustered and very ready for a drink. The restaurant manager appeared almost instantly, and welcomed me to Sabai Sabai. At this point, I still hadn’t realised it wasn’t all bloggers, so after I’d made a bit of a tit myself by answering the “Where are you from?: question with where I lived, and not the fact I was a blogger, the nice man took pity on me and guided me to the bar.
As it was more of a networking style event, I found myself juggling bag, jacket, phone, drink and camera, so I didn’t actually photograph anything except canapes. Blogger problems…
I started with a cocktail I didn’t learn the name of, but I think was a twist on a Bellini, with what tasted like Lychee. Whatever it was, it was light and cool, and hit the spot coming in from the hot bus!
I tracked down Charlotte from LilMissChickas, and Helen from Positive Fridays. We set up a bloggers’ corner, near the door, and promptly made a pile of bags and cameras, so we had enough hands to attack the passing trays of canapes.
It’s always hard to get a real of a menu from canapes, and from speaking to the staff, it seemed Sabai Sabai had made some changes to main menu dishes to make them canape friendly.
Everybody bearing a tray laden with food was excellent. They were all very patient with us awkward bloggers making them hold things at photogenic angles, and happily talked us through each canape and the ingredients. Unfortunately, I have a memory like a sieve but I can tell you that the Golden Bags (fried parcels stuffed with marinated prawns and chicken) were the stand out. They were full to bursting with lightly spicy prawns, with just enough heat. The Thai Calamari was excellent too, though not for the faint of heart, as this dish was much spicier.
Larger portions of wings, fish and drunken noodles began to appear, all perfectly cooked and delicious.
I always find it hard to write up events like this, as of course, it is not the typical experience for a regular visitor to the restaurant. I still don’t really feel I’ve ‘tried’ Sabai Sabai, but my experience has pushed it further up my list to make sure I do go and eat there properly.
Everything we ate was excellent and the surroundings lovely, but what really stood out was the staff. Squeezing through a crowd with a tray of canapés is not easy, but they were all welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. I would love to go back and review Sabai Sabai properly, as I get the feeling it would be a fantastic evening.
Have you been to Sabai Sabai? What did you think?