We always pass by this restaurant in White Plains whenever we go to our favorite spa, The Body Spa and Waxing Lounge (ahem), and never really gave it much thought until a week ago.
Called Basil, it used to be one of those places which sold ornamental plants along White Plains, but which has since been converted into a beautiful Thai restaurant. We strongly recommend this place if you’re in the area and looking for good Thai food.
The interiors are dark and lovely, with a small pond in the corner, candles, Thai-inspired decor, and a fairly intimidating wall of earth, roots and plants that will greet you as you enter. It seems like it was designed to be romantic, although there’s no reason why you can’t bring your family or friends along.
The Red Beef Curry was excellent, which is basically beef and vegetables in a thin, mildly spicy, curry broth. The beef was succulent and flavorful, pushed over the edge by the variety of spices introduced to the dish. You can ask the waiter to make it as spicy as needed.
The Prawns in Lemongrass and Garlic Pepper is my personal favorite. The flavor of lemongrass and garlic completely infused the prawns that dipping it in any sauce felt superfluous. It might be a tad too salty and peppery for some people, but we enjoyed it just the same.
We ordered the Pad Thai, which was sufficient, if a tad too sweet. Don’t forget to squeeze some lemon juice to counteract the sweetness.
Skip the Mango Shake, which is icy, thin, watery and overpriced. We’ve heard good things about their Thai Iced Tea though, so that might be a better option.
Ditto for the Sticky Rice and Mango, which was too sweet and too mushy to be any good.
In any case, Basil is still a great place to have authentic Thai food if you’re craving. The food is not cheap (prices are comparable to the equally excellent People’s Palace in Greenbelt), but worth it in our opinion.
Basil is located at White Plains Avenue cor Katipunan Avenue, Ugong Norte, Quezon City. Call 911-4158 for inquiries and reservations.
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