Several people have recommended The Original Sab-E-Lee to S and me, especially after hearing my raves about Koon Thai Kitchen. We decided to go check it out!
The restaurant is kind of a hole-in-the-wall place, with just three or four tables. According to one of my friends, they have a whole other seating area in the back that’s really nice, but we didn’t see any sign of another seating area. Oh well, down-to-earth, hole-in-the-wall experience it is – I actually enjoy it.
I thought their spice level descriptions were really cute. Hehe. Normally I’d just go for a 10, but I have been trying to tone down the heat recently. I think we just asked for something in the “4-7” range.
Pad see ew – flat rice noodles stir-fried with beef and (Chinese or regular) broccoli in a soy-based sauce – is my go-to dish at Thai places. This restaurant’s version was quite good – it was very flavorful but not too greasy, the noodles were cooked perfectly (not too sticky or too hard), and there was a generous amount of beef and Chinese broccoli. It’s slightly sweeter than other restaurants, which I liked.
S ordered red curry, one of his favorites. We sometimes joke that we always order the same few things at Thai restaurants, but I guess this is our way of judging a place. Here the red curry was flavorful and creamy but not too heavy, and there was a good amount of pork, bell peppers, and bamboo shoots.
Overall, we really enjoyed our meal at Original Sab-E-Lee. The dishes are very affordably-priced – definitely for the student budget. S and I would definitely return next time we have a Thai food craving (especially if we’re shopping at Fashion Valley).
The Original Sab-E-Lee2405 Ulric St., San Diego, CA
Hours: Tue-Sun 10:30am-9:30pm