Sabai Corner is an extremely aptly named bar and restaurant south of Kata Noi Beach, on the road towards Nai Harn. ‘Sabai’ means ‘happy’ in Thai, and the ‘secret’ location in the jungle is indeed on a corner down the side-road near the Karon Viewpoint, on a bluff overlooking some of the best beach views on the island.
Facing north, you’ll see Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon beaches along with Pu Island and the back of the iconic Big Buddha. Look out to sea and the horizon is the limit. The ‘wow’ factor at Sabai Corner is turned to the absolute max, and that’s before you’ve even taken a seat.
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It’s a large place with two covered sections and a spacious terrace but it has to be said that on a sunny day if you try sitting outside you’ll fry very quickly, as great as the views are. So we decide to take a cocktail or three inside and wait for things to cool down, which they do at about six o’clock.
Those of a certain age who claim they ‘cannot remember the sixties’ will love it here as the background music is like an auditory Hall of Fame from that era: The Band, The Beach Boys, CCR, The Byrds, The Moody Blues are all queuing up to refresh your memory and at a reasonable volume, too. But sit on the terrace and the evening’s cicadas as well as the gentle splash of waves on the granite rocks far below provide Mother Nature’s background.
Three partners have built this place from nothing into quite a spectacular project. The American-Italian-Thai trio literally hacked a space out of the jungle a few years back, added a car park, the bar/restaurant, opened a few beers then sat back to wait for people to come.
And they did, so – as with most word-of-mouth places, it enjoys a regular clientele. Staff members have a tangible ‘can-do’ attitude which is demonstrated when they prepare a previously unknown (to them) cocktail and pretty much get it right.
Food wise, Sabai Corner is no fine-dining location but it does knock out fairly decent wood-fired pizzas in the 200 + baht region from its brick oven plus a whole gamut of Thai dishes, with phad thai 100 baht. We try a plate of Phuket mussels with chopped onion in a cream sauce (250 baht) along with garlic bread and it’s decent swag, but again, not fine dining.
Sabai Corner is the perfect location for private parties and indeed it offers ‘on request birthday, wedding or divorce parties’ and is a good place for a romantic moment but most of all it’s the absolute zenith of tranquility with unbeatable views and a friendly and welcoming team. And that’s hard to find fault with.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: On the road leading down from the Kata/Karon viewpoint Look for the signage
- Tel: +66 (0)89 875 5525