Craig LaBan reviews Sa-Bai-Dee, Philadelphia magazine’s pick for best Thai in the suburbs in 2012 and finds it just as enjoyable. The Upper Darby BYOB serves up Lao cuisine as well as Thai and LaBan says it is as good as any Thai restaurant in the area.
I was impressed simply with the vivid freshness of flavors and delicacy of the cooking. The satay chicken was notably tender and completely infused with its marinade of coconut milk, turmeric, and galangal. The bone-in BBQ chicken app reminded me more of a Thai-style jerk, the gingery, lemongrass-rubbed meat roasted to a juicy brown over the charcoal grill.
The pad Thai was excellent, the fettuccine-wide rice noodles wearing a perfect sweet-and-tangy brown shine (with a faint fish sauce undertow) as they tangled with tender shrimp, cilantro, and roasted peanuts.
Two Bells – Very Good