Never have I had such good Thai food in such a nice setting as at Sabieng. This pleasant sit-down restaurant has amazing food at almost unbelievable prices.
Everything we tried was exceptional. The curries are abundantly flavorful with a smooth yet hearty texture. Your meal comes with a coconut milk soup which is surprisingly awesome. Almost like a curry, you can taste the coconut milk. It is spiced in a way I would not expect to be delicious, but it really is. Dessert was fantastic too. We had fried bananas with coconut ice cream, and the combination was perfect. We were fighting for the last bite.
With such a high food quality, you would expect this place to be expensive. If not that, you would think it would at least be on par with the average Thai food restaurant. But it’s not. It’s cheaper. You will mostly likely pay $9 for dinner, and their lunch specials are fantastic. $6.50 will get you any entree plus soup, and these meals are still big. You will undoubtedly be full when you’re done. Even drinks and desserts are pretty cheap. With friend bananas and ice cream at a mere $4, you should definitely save room. I don’t know how they do it. Honestly, I’m a little freaked out that they can. Where are they sacrificing? It doesn’t seem to be in the quality of the food.
Nor is it the atmosphere. While the ambience is not as exceptional as everything else about Sabieng, it is still a very pleasant place to sit and eat. The tables and chairs are comfortable, and the restaurant is decorated by statues and pictures. You definitely get a nice dining experience.
I am not sure how this restaurant is able to combine spectacular food, pleasant atmosphere, and such low prices, but I’m not going to question it. Next time you’re in Santa Cruz, I would definitely recommend stopping by. And then go to Donnelly Chocolates down the street for second dessert.