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Saba, Dublin

26–28 Clarendon Street
Ireland 2
Tel: 353 1 679 2000's insider take:

Don't judge Saba by the uninspired decor (dark wooden tables and lighting that casts a dull orange glow)—just wait for the food. Chef Taweesak Trakoolwattana (Tao, for short) once cooked for the Thai royal family, and his menu is never less than snap-fresh. Dishes are divided into noodle, wok, and curry, as well as Saba specials like hake in banana leaf and char-grilled tiger prawns. Be sure to order the Phad Khiang, with shiitake mushrooms, ginger, spring onions, baby corn, and peppers, which has just the right crunch and a zingy sauce with rich notes of soy and oyster. This is not the place to come for a quiet meal, but if you're after a quick bite of something spicy, this bustling Thai restaurant with fast and friendly service is a good bet.—Pól Ó Conghaile

Opens daily noon until late.

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