I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz surrounding Basil Thai restaurant on the corner of the Loop and 5th Street, the majority of it proclaiming the food delicious and the decor downright scary. After I’d heard so many negative things regarding the restaurant’s interior I was actually quite relieved when I tried Basil Thai for the first time on Saturday to see that it’s not so awful after all.
Sure, the dining room is decidedly minimalist, yet it’s clean and tidy and sufficiently serves its purpose. There was only one other table in the dining room when we arrived, so we had a moment to ask the girl behind the counter for a few suggestions. We’d been advised that the dishes are served in astronomical portions, so we knew ahead of time that we would start with an appetizer and split an entree. We were told the Pad Thai and the Spicy Basil were the two most popular dishes, so we decided on the Pad Thai and ordered a bowl of Tom Yum Goong (really spicy shrimp and mushroom soup).
Items on the menu at Basil Thai are rated in terms of heat by either one, two, or three stars. One star meant you’d experience a tingling sensation, two stars a stimulating kick, and three stars meant raging fire. Our soup had two stars and it felt to me like raging fire, so I am certainly happy I didn’t try anything with three stars. The Pad Thai had no stars so it was not spicy, yet it was very delicious. And yes, the portion was ridiculously large. It had chicken, bean sprouts, egg, tofu, green onion, and Thai glass noodles all together in a tasty sauce. I would most definitely order it again.
I am so pleased that Tyler finally has a good Thai restaurant. If you’re concerned about the no-frills dining room, I’d suggest calling in your order for takeout so you can enjoy your meal at home or at work or wherever you prefer. This is one hole in the wall not to be missed.