I went to Sab-e-lee 2 tonight with my wife and adult son. It was the third time I have eaten there, and I have greatly enjoyed all three meals. I had read about Sab-e-lee on this board, and was excited to hear that #2 was nearer to our home in El Cajon. I agree with most of the reviewers that I have read here that Sab-e-lee is a great place to dine.
We began with Miang Kum, #1 on the Nibbles Signature Dished page. On a plate are piles of diced ginger, onions. thai peppers, lime, peanuts, dried shrimp, toasted coconut, and a sweet sauce, which you pile on to spinach leafs. It is wonderful. In the recent New Yorker article about Jonathan Gold, they mention this dish being served "off the menu" to Gold in a Los Angeles restaurant.
Tom Kah Gai was our soup and it was also very good. Good coconut milk body, not extremely spicy. Full of mushrooms and chicken. Chicken panang curry which is my son's favorite came next. A mild red peanut curry, mildly spiced, which we ate to the last drop. The three flavor catfish was a new dish for us. I was expecting an whole catfish with tail and head. Instead it was a large fillet that had been fried and rested on the three (sour. sweet and spicy) sauce.
While not an expert on Thai food, I have visited Thailand several times and enjoy Thai food. Sab-e-lee 2 is the best Thai restaurant I have been to in San Diego. I am not thrilled that there is a large TV (turned to the football game) in the dining room, but that is a small criticism.
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