Now, I'm not claiming to be a thai expert by any means, but I think Zabb City is the most underrated thai restaurant on the chowhound boards. My gf and I ate here again on sunday and it was great as usual and i decided that this is one of the places I don't think gets enough or any credit on chowhound. With one caveat, they make some things great and some things are mediocre.
We always rotate 4 dishes, all of which i think our delicious:
- Pork Labb - ground pork mixed with chopped green chilis, sliced red onions in a sort of citric (i believe lime) marinade...spicy and awesome
- Papaya Salad - sliced papaya that i believe is lightly pickled with small tomatoes and peanuts in a spicy lime dressing...i think this is awesome and better than any of the other places ive tried in the city including the recent chowhound favorite Rhong Tiam (which i did like btw)...goes really well with the pork labb
- Duck and Apple Salad - sliced pieces of crispy duck with the skin on, thinly sliced pieces of apple, pineapple, onion, roasted peanut, scallion and chili lime paste...again delicious
- Calamari - just crispy fried calamari with a sweet chili sauce
We also get an order of sticky rice, which goes really well with the pork labb and papaya salad. Now from my understanding and from the onning in front of the restaurant, this is a Isaan thai restaurant, which is from northeastern thailand. I believe the pork labb, papaya salad and stick rice combo is classic isaan.
Now some of the other stuff that I think most of us order in thai restaurants like red curry that I've had at Zabb City are fairly mediocre and no different than the run of the mill thai place.
I've been meaning to try more things, but we can't seem to shake ourselves from ordering a few of the dishes i mentioned above. If you haven't tried the dishes I talked about above, I highly suggest returning and trying them out. Fyi, the pork labb and papaya salad can get very spicy once u start eating them