When I first moved to Santa Cruz, I was hoping to find a very good Thai restaurant... that search is still on. Don't get me wrong, this place is fine if you don't expect much, it just doesn't really do Thai food justice.
Let me explain: I went here with an open mind, given that it had been recommended by some friends who lived in Santa Cruz since who knows when. My first experience was with a take out order... I know, not exactly the perfect opportunity for food to shine anyway, but I was in a hurry to get home so I went in and ordered. I got home to find the food, in this case a curry, not up to speed. So I went back, thinking I must be wrong, how could my friends lead me astray? I guess they just ate the right thing, because I tried to like my food, I really did, but no such luck, it was still average.
Will I go again? Not until my friends buy me dinner (I am a sucker for a free lunch)
Sabieng is decent- but not spectacular, or even great. The curry is way too sweet (at least for my taste), and sometimes the food is so bland and lacking in spices that I just can't believe they sold it to me. However, it's still a decent Thai restaraunt, just not always up to par. If you want a better experience, go to Thai Orchid, which is just down Mission past Safeway. I have much more pleasant dining experiences there!
I tried to have a late meal tonight (a weeknight) at Sabieng. I arrived about 20 minutes before closing. I ordered wine, tea, spring rolls and soup. I was dining alone. Several other couples came after me, and ordered. While I was in the middle of my dinner, about 15 minutes after I arrived, the waiter started loading up my spring rolls into a to go carton, and then grabbed my soup while I was still eating. I protested and was assured that I was in the wrong for complaining that I was not finished (it was just 9.30, their closing time. The other tables (all couples) were still eating. I immediately got up, paid and left.
I have to say this is the best Thai food that I have tasted in this area. I lived in Thailand for 3 months and had the opportunity to taste some great food. In my opinion the food at Sabieng is as tasty as the food I ate in Thailand. The variety on the menu is great, not to mention the friendly people who work there. Overall a great dining experience!!!!
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