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Berkeley - Sabuy Sabuy II

rworange | Jul 24, 200502:03 AM

The third Subuy Sabuy opened up on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley early this month.

The original Sabuy Sabuy is on College Avenue and gets mixed reviews with half VERY unenthusiastic (see link to Chowhound post below). There is an Oakland restaurant also, Sabuy Sabuy Jr. No info on that.

The ONE dish I had was really very, very good. Yam Mamoung was a warm salad with green mango, shrimp, ground pork, peanuts, roasted coconut, red onion, and scallion in a nice sauce. It came with some mint leaves. Not sure if they were garnish, but added to the salad they were very good. I don’t usually like Thai food. I liked this dish which was very fresh tasting.

It says Californian Thai. Don’t really see the California part of the menu. Only two items didn’t have Thai names

Spicy chicken wings (deep fried and sautéed with garlic, fresh chili, basil leaves and lemon sauce)

Ginger salad (fresh ginger, pickled ginger, sesame, peanuts, green apples, mung beans, shrimp, and lettuce mixed with spicy sauce and crispy noodles).

That ginger salad is sounding good to me. Haven’t been to the other two places, so can’t compare. Put the order in and the two Thai ladies went back into the kitchen and there was a lot of chopping going on.

Very comfortable small room in terra cotta and mustard colors. Decorations include orchid plants and Thai sculpture and painting. They are waiting for their liquor license so only soft drinks and Thai tea are available.

They were very accommodating. A couple came in who likes their College Ave location. They did a number of menu substitutions for the couple (girlfriend didn’t want basil and ordered every dish with basil on the menu … among other changes). They asked if it was run by the family and the server said they were friends of the family.

I ordered my salad medium heat and it was pleasant to me. The couple said they liked the food because they could get it 'Thai Spicy Hot' ... that is very, very hot.

So that’s all I know.

That green mango salad is good.

Sabuy Sabuy II
1233 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 947906
(510) 528-3932

Closed Sunday
Since they are new, I’d call first.
They said 11 – 3 and then they reopen at 5


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