Just from the name alone, this gets points for creativity. Apparently, Sa Bai has a main place in Phoenix and the Tempe location is the satellite. My meetup group had 20 people attending so the restaurant was cramped with our troops but the owners really appreciated the business. This is a take-out style restaurant so it made sense that they had a hard time fitting our group. The owners had to call me the morning of to confirm my attendance list, but we made it work and they were very kind to us.
There are a good amount of Thai places in Phoenix and most have the same staples. The main think I look for in curry dishes is the weird addons they add to it and how much meat they have in it.
Sa Bai has your standard thai food with some pretty good portions. I had the jalapeno curry with the max level of spiciness. For those who don’t know me, I’m a spice-a-holic. For most thai restaurants, I ask for the hottest and it’s decently hot. At least hot enough to be enjoyable. For this restaurant, their spicy is very spicy. Not the spiciest I’ve ever had but probably the most spiciest Asian food I’ve had in Phoenix. I give them much applause for this to be honest. Most resaturants would be too scared to do this but this was worthy of spice.
The portions are very good and most of my friends couldn’t finish what they got. I was very full after my curry and complementary rice but that’s also because I was drinking tons of water.
Sa Bai on the Fly is very nice for a small Thai restaurant. Since it is a satellite, the room is very well made and is very modern, I noticed a nice maroon atmosphere when I entered in with a contrasting yellow in the kitchen. This restaurant also gives you brown paper plates and black plastic silverware. For what the purpose of the restaurant is, this is acceptable for me.
Service was good for such a small restaurant and we were served promptly. To be honest, nothing really was wrong with the service. The two thai ladies on the counter were enjoyable to talk to and our twenty person party was treated very well.
Since it’s take out, you average $10-13 dollars a dish. Sa Bai is definitively worth the price if you want something like this. The portions are well worth the price and you might even squeeze another meal out of it.
Sa Bai has a standard selection but what I find really unique is their stranger selections. A lot of my friends got the Avocado curry for instance, which makes sense because the creaminess from the Avocado pairs well with the green curry. They have specials that are very unique and their menu has some interesting things that pop out at you. If you’re adventurous, then there’s some cool stuff. If not, then enjoy your Pad Thai.
Their thoughtful coordination of fitting our 20 person group in their restaurant was something that won me over. The food was also delicious, spicy, and worth the price. I give them 5/5 and would definitely like to come back again for takeout if I’m around the area.