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Solo Goes Out

Sumptuous Saba

Table For One took in Saba on a sunny summer’s evening and found it to the perfect spot for an early dinner.

sabaNow that eating out is supposed to have become more of a treat than a normality, I love going to places that are actually acknowledging the recession. And that’s exactly what Saba on Clarendon Street in Dublin 2 seems to be doing, with Fixed Price menus available for lunch and dinner. Furthermore it’s working for them; when my friend and I popped in there on a recent sunny Thursday evening for our 6.30pm booking, the place was buzzing. According to the restaurant’s website, owner Paul Cadden (the former co-owner of Diep le Shaker and Diep Noodle Bar) is renowned for creating a lively atmosphere, and that is exactly what we walked into. In the current doom and gloom it’s great to go somewhere that alive as opposed to deal and buried.
Saba is a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant and the menu is diverse enough to suit many tastes. Starters include dishes such as black pepper squid, spicy chicken wings and duck rolls, however on this occasion we skipped straight to the main courses – ordered with a bottle of wine of course! The service was surprisingly speedy, considering it was busy, and I had the seared tuna salad – rare tuna fillet served on a mixed leaf salad with a ginger and sesame dressing (€12.95) while my friend had the green monkfish curry with baby aubergines, string beans, peppers and sweet basil, which was served with steamed rice (€19.50). Both were delicious, although it has to be said that the tuna salad is not exactly filling. Mind you, what does one expect from a salad?
Two espressos later we indulged in a bit more wine than planned and our bill came to €90, including tip – not exactly cheap but in fairness we did drink more wine than the average two people sitting down for an early dinner! Apart from the really gorgeous food, Saba excels at service – it’s attentive, yet relaxed – and the vibe in there is really second to none. Plus it is open seven days a week from 12pm to late so it’s the perfect venue for a work do, birthday party or any other type of celebration where you don’t want to be under the time constraints other restaurants impose. All in all, a flawless evening. Go get you to Saba!

Saba (www.sabadublin.com) is located at on 26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, tel: +353 (0)1 6792000.

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