Thai Basil is one of those random, tucked away neighbourhood restaurants in the west end. Located right beside a Domo gas station and a random Chinese restaurant, New Dragon Palace Seafood Restaurant, I’ve been in this plaza so many times but never thought to try their food until one night my parents went and said they enjoyed it. With so many good Thai places in town (heck, Ban Thai and Thai Flavours are two nearby Thai west end eateries), Thai Basil has some tough competition to live up to.
L and I decided to check out TB on a Wednesday night before we hit up the Craig Ferguson show. I was pleasantly surprised to see the interior is nicely decorated and has a very inviting, serene atmosphere.
The place was quite busy with most of the tables filled with diners. We always over order but somehow never seem to have any leftovers. The family running the restaurant is friendly and service is good.
Chicken satay (#4) ($10.00)
Chicken marinated in Thai style peanut sauce, grilled and served with peanut sauce and cucumber. You get four pieces of satay. The chicken was a tad on the dry side and I wasn’t very wowed by their peanut sauce.
Tom yum (#11) ($7.00)
Thai style hot and sour soup with mushrooms, galangal, You can choose chicken or shrimp ($1.00 extra) in a Thai style hot and sour soup with mushrooms and galangal. The soup smelled heavenly when it arrived but taste wise, it was lacking depth. You know that sweet, spicy, heat that comes at you in waves? That was missing from their tom yum. Decent but lacking punch.
Green curry tofu (#45) ($14.00)
Thai green curry tofu, sweet peas, carrots, broccoli, green and red peppers and basil leaves. We wanted some extra vegetables so we ordered the green curry with tofu. The dish smelled delicious and aromatic but again, after having a taste, it was disappointing. We both couldn’t taste any curry but a coconut, watered down flavour became prominent.
Pad woon sen (#57) ($14.00)
Stir-fried glass noodles with pork, egg, tomato, onions, red and green peppers, green onions. This was the best dish that we ordered that night. I’m a sucker for glass noodles and these had a great chewy texture with a balance of flavour.
Deep fried banana with ice cream ($6.00)
They have three desserts to choose from (sticky rice with mango was another option, forget the third) but my buddy L is in love with anything banana related. For $6.00, the portion sure is tiny. Four dinky sized pieces of deep fried bananas and your choice of vanilla or mango ice cream. I had a bite, which was tasty, but for that price, I’d skip it.
Thai Basil was pretty much what I was expecting. With more misses than hits with their dishes, I won’t be clambering back anytime soon. Our meal came to almost $60 before tip and for that price, I can get excellent Thai elsewhere. Why settle for mediocre? Sorry Thai Basil but I’ll be getting my fix elsewhere.
17759 – 98A Avenue