Description: In the hinterlands of Leschi, the lounge and restaurant Sabai Thai rests amid a landscape of impossible wealth. Just outside, a moorage is crammed with fat white boats, and exquisite houses cover the hills. Picking your favorite will make you happy and sad at the same time.
What's inside: The decor is simple but fancy, and the dining area distantly resembles a yoga studio—it's spacious and calming, with clean wood and wholesome bright lights. The crowd stays quiet, which is pleasant enough, but should you prefer a feistier companion, you'll have to provide your own. (Hint: If you take that guy Dave, ask him about that time in high school when he ate a few handfuls of nutmeg because he was bored and wanted to get high. Nothing ended up happening, but it's still a funny story.)
Worth noting: Monsoon's former sous chef Robert Ong mans the kitchen.
Happy hours: Daily 4–7 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $4 wells, $4 wine, $3.50 beer (Woodchuck Cider, Dick's Hefeweizen), $2 Rainier cans, $5 select cocktails (manhattan, kamikaze).
Happy-hour food specials: A good list of $5–$6 small plates, made with fresh and local ingredients (pork dumplings served steamed or pan-seared, cashew chicken with snow peas, carrots, and red bell peppers).