Basil

Basil is a Thai restaurant situated deep within the quiet, garden-lined suburbs of White Plains. Its name is derived from the popular herb used in most Thai cuisines. Basil takes pride in being a restaurant that serves food using all-natural ingredients.

The interior was small yet so spacious, and nicely decorated. The owners of Basil happen to be plant enthusiasts and foodies, so they decided to combine both by decking the resto with beautiful plants and artworks (with some imported straight from Thailand). Too bad I only got to take a few pictures. Some of the tables were tucked away inside little corners, giving diners a little bit of privacy (and making this restaurant suitable for dates, hohoho).

Menu: Meat & poultry, Vegetable, Rice & noodle, Dessert, Salad & appetizer, Soup, Seafood, and Curry.

Fresh Spring Rolls (Por Pie Koong Sod). This dish lives up to its name—The ingredients that they used were SO fragrant, it almost felt like I was eating a bouquet of flowers instead of an appetizer.

Pad Thai. Now, in my head I have a list of the top 10 best pad thais that I’ve tried, and the current top placer is the pad thai made by this little stall I found in Makati’s Legazpi Sunday market. But now, it has been pushed to number 2 because of Basil’s pad thai. This is actually one of the best ones I’ve tried! The noodles were firm, and the sauce had the perfect blend of spiciness and nuttiness. It also had the right amount of ingredients.

Crunchy and tasty Thai Shrimp Cake (Tord Man Goong) with a sweet chili sauce dip.

Spicy Seafood Soup (Tom Yum Ta Lay). This is my second time trying tom yum goong, and it’s slowly becoming one of my favorite Thai foods.

A large plate of Sticky Rice with Mango for dessert. The rice itself was excellent, but the mangoes weren’t ripe and tasted bland.

Of course a Thai meal isn’t complete without a refreshing glass of Thai Iced Tea.

Basil is just excellent – From the good food, to the lush scenery, and to the accommodating staff. I can’t wait to take some of my loved ones here so they can experience genuine Thai cuisine and hospitality as well.

Basil is located at Katipunan Avenue, cor. White Plains, Quezon City. Tel no: 911-4158.

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