With Father’s day being on a Sunday, it left us limited options for dinner. We opted for Thai basil with lots of convenient parking and being close by.
Vegetarian and meat spring rolls ($7.50), chicken wings ($7.50), vegetable fritters ($9.00) and chicken satay ($9.00). I couldn’t help myself but to try an array of entrees. Spring rolls were average, the chicken wings were nice and hot and I really liked the chicken satay. The vegetable fritters didn’t look like very appetising but it was surprisingly not oily and very crispy.
Paad Thai stir fried rice noodles with chicken, bean curd, beansprouts, tamarind sauce and crushed peanut topping ($15.00)-Looking suspiciously red, I didn’t have high hopes for this noodle dish. It was way too sweet and didn’t taste like how a pad thai should taste.
Boiled rice for the table ($3.00pp) I thought $3.00 per person was a bit steep for just plain rice.
Paad moo Kratiem Prik Thai stir-fried pork with garlic and pepper- I didn’t think the pork wasn’t great quality and I couldn’t really taste much garlic or pepper.
Massaman Nuea curry beef with potatoes, peanuts and spices with coconut milk ($16.50) - it was nice that they cut the potato into smaller chunks when I’ve had many that have had potatoes that were barely even cut. There wasn’t much meat in this at all but what little meat there was, it was nice and tender.
Paad Pak Preow Waan mixed vegetables with sweet and sour sauce ($16.50)- A nice mixture of vegetables.
Paad tofu Med Ma Muang Him Ma Paan- stir fried bean curd with cashew nuts in chilli jam ($15.00)- This was supposed to be ‘one chilli rating’ hot but we didn’t find this spicy at all and I thought the ribbed tofu was an odd choice.
Not to be confused with Thai herb out in the G (I got a little confused), although you must admit their names are very similar and they both have incorporated a basil leaf into their sign. I don’t think I would come here again knowing that there are still so many Thai restaurants to try.
Venue: Thai Basil
Address: 1b/38-70 Gartside Street Wanniassa ACT 2903
Phone: (02) 6231 2365