I was living on the road right next to Sawadee when it was refurbished a couple of years ago. I’d always had a look inside and vaguely fancied it when all of a sudden it shut down and magically turned from dull red to bright orange overnight (well, over a few days). The inside was also spruced up, becoming all cream walls and golden gilt and immediately looking far more pleasant.
I went here for a meal with my mum – whenever she makes the journey to Brighton I like to take her somewhere nice and local. After a long afternoon at the beach in the sunshine we didn’t fancy venturing very far, so we toddled off up the road to Sawadee. A word of advice – it does get incredibly busy in here, so you’ll need to book. We were sent away for an hour or so to come back when a table would be ready. In fact, that’s the only downside of this place – it’s too busy for its size with the tables rather squished together so that if you’re sat on a table for two (like we were), you’re practically on top of the people next to you.
Despite that, our table (right in the window – a prime people-watching location) was well worth the wait. The staff are all immaculately dressed, extremely friendly and very welcoming. We went for the six dish set menu option (menu ‘b’) which was just under £30 for the two of us and included prawn and vegetable tempura, a gorgeous spicy chicken soup, thai green chicken curry, a pork dish, jasmine rice and stir-fried mixed vegetables. The tempura was crisp and cooked perfectly and all the other dishes were incredibly tasty – personally I thought it was exceptional value for money and would definitely head back for more.