Paul Cadden is one of the smartest modern Irish restaurateurs.
Mr Cadden’s Saba restaurant was a great idea from the get-go: a classy Thai and Vietnamese restaurant with great cooking from Taweesak Trakoolwattana, a fab room with a cocktail bar in front, and a super-charged atmosphere that appeals to everyone aged from 7 to 70. The cooking is vivid, creative, fun, and the place is chic but buzzy, so Saba works for any and every kind of occasion. The Saba concept is so bullet-proof perfect that Mr Cadden has been able to extend it to their invaluable takeaway branch, Saba-to-Go in Rathmines, Dublin 6 and do not miss Saba-Dilla, their award-winning festival food trailer, which serves some of the best cooking you can eat whilst standing in the middle of a field listening to your favourite band.
And if the cooking takes your fancy, get a copy of their beautiful cookbook, Saba: The Coobook, which we think is one of the best ethnic cookbooks ever published.
Whether it’s a birthday party, a date, or a casual bite and a cocktail, this dramatic room fits the bill. The cooking has always been beautifully conceived and beautifully realised, the tastes vivid and enlivening, and richly satisfying. And the cocktails are deservedly legendary, so start with something fun and colourful in your glass and take the evening from there.
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