Royal Thai Brunch at Sabai Thai

Get with the Saturday brunch trend by trying some excellent Thai food and tasty mocktails Discuss this article

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The only reason we don’t like Saturdays is because it means the weekend has come to an end. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing though, because you can really live it up and end your weekend in style, without breaking the bank (we care about all the money you threw away partying Thursday night). When we heard Sabai Thai’s Saturday brunch costs only QR130, we were almost sure that we’d only be getting a tiny bowl of watery green curry with a handful of rice, and an iced tea if we smiled enough.

So obviously, when we get here, the spread itself blows us away. The beverage menu is pretty extensive, especially because they can make almost anything on the menu into a mocktail. Needless to say, a few mocktails and a peppermint iced tea later, we are really hungry. We see all our favourites at the appetiser counter. The grilled chicken is tender and the skewered shrimps have a nice, smoky taste. Both work perfectly with the satay sauce, which we generously top up every few minutes. The chicken toast is excellent, albeit too oily. And there's just something awesome about having unlimited prawn crackers at the buffet table.They’ve temporarily changed the location for the buffet, and we dig the new location. It’s spacious and bright. The only thing missing is the live instrumental music, although, the recorded music works well too.

We love the selection of main course items. They don’t overdo it, they’ve kept the classics and don’t even confuse us with complicated, unpronounceable Thai dish names. We are feeling moderately adventurous, so we mix things up to see what goes with what. The results – try the beef red curry with crabmeat fried rice. The subtleness of the rice goes really well with the stronger, slightly spicier curry. The beef mince, meanwhile, is loaded with heat, but here's a tip: mix it with the egg noodles. We promise a fantastic explosion of flavours. Their green curry is of course, one of their very best efforts.

This calls for more mocktails. Pineapple lemonade it is. We’re pretty stuffed, but there’s room for dessert, every single time. The mango with sticky rice is over and we almost tear up, especially because most of the desserts are rather disappointing, barring maybe one or two.

They do have a really nice selection of fresh fruits, though. The verdict? Obviously, this is one of the most reasonable brunches in town, considering the quality and authenticity of the food, in a great Oriental setting. It’s the most unassuming brunch we’ve tried in a long time, and in all honestly, we think it’s the perfect way to end your weekend on a high note.
QR130 (soft drinks), QR170 (selected beverages). Sat 1pm-4pm. The Westin Doha, Fereej Bin Mahmoud (4492 1555).

The bottom line
Authentic classics and refreshing beverages for a truly unbeatable price.

By Time Out Doha staff
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