Award-winning Sabai Sabai to open Birmingham city centre restaurant in autumn

Birmingham’s growing reputation as being home to a high quality restaurant scene is to be enhanced further with the arrival of award-winning Thai restaurant, Sabai Sabai.

Sabai Sabai is expanding from the suburbs into the heart of the city centre, and is expected to open its doors to diners in the autumn, national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has confirmed.

The new restaurant is at 8 Waterloo Street, in an area which is fast becoming a restaurant quarter within the second city’s central business district. Work on fitting out the new restaurant is underway and is expected to be completed in September.

Sabai Sabai, which already has restaurants in Moseley, Harborne and Stratford-upon-Avon, has agreed a 15-year lease on the prominent Grade II listed property. LSH brokered the deal on behalf of landlord Rustic Pine Developments.

Richard Jones, head of retail and leisure for LSH in the Midlands, said: “This will be a fabulous addition to Birmingham, giving visitors and the people who live and work here another excellent restaurant to dine at. “This will only add to the diverse food offer available within the city centre and enhance the city’s reputation as a top destination to visit.”

The distinctive 2,550 sq ft premises comprises a bar and restaurant across a ground floor and basement, and is situated in close proximity to high-profile eateries including Adam’s, Nosh and Quaff, Bodega, Buffalo and Rye and Viva Brazil.

Independently-run Sabai Sabai, which means relax and chill in Thai, established itself as a Moseley institution when it opened 13 years ago. Over the years it has entertained a number of celebrity guests, including famous chef and television presenter Ainsley Harriott.

Sabai Sabai has been named regional winner at The Food Awards 2016 for Best Oriental, Restaurant of the Year 2015 at the Birmingham Awards and Best Oriental Restaurant 2016 at the Birmingham Food Drink & Hospitality Awards.

Birmingham now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other English city outside London while its renowned Balti Triangle and food festivals remain a huge attraction.