Zabb Modern Asian Restaurant Progressing at Old Straits of Malaya Space on 18th St, NW

Back in Jan. we learned that a new Thai place was going to come into the old Straits of Malaya space at 1836 18th Street, NW. There’s been a lot of progress on the construction and I just noticed a logo for the new restaurant coming in – Zabb Asian Restaurant. They also have a location in Manassas VA and you can see that restaurant’s menu here. Hopefully they open in time to enjoy their great roof deck. Stay tuned.

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  • Isn’t that right next door to Regent Thai too?

  • I have been to the one in Manassas and it is not bad and the prices are fair.

  • but, it’s still owned by the same people, right? ditto on the confusion over why they’re doing thai with Regent Thai literally next door.

  • I walked by there last night. The paper covering the windows was down so you could see inside.

    What I saw shocked me.

    It looks like they are going for a serious lounge look and feel. There are a couple of wall hangings for “light shows”.I think they want the “Korova Milk Bar” vibe. Yikes!
    I am not sure who the customer is meant to be but I hope it is a mostly local crowd.
    The kids who frequent Lauroil Plaza from MD are really annoying.

  • Just had dinner there. The sushi was incredibly sub par, for above average pricing. The rice was mealy, there was a spec of crab in the california roll, and the eel was terrible. I did enjoy the scallop but not impressive. On top of that I asked for cold sushi. The waiter said they only had hot sushi, but the overly friendly manager came over and said they did. I was not amused when the bill came and it was $32 for a 175ml bottle. Seriously!?!? I should have asked, but with the best bottle of white at $28, I was shocked.

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