I am tired of Charlestonians thinking that Basil has good Thai food.
They have the best Thai food I have had in town but its nothing special.
Bland if anything. Not saying I don't enjoy it on occasion. I just think it is held in too high of esteem.
This would be a five, as the food is awesome (particularly the red curry crispy duck), but if you are here when it is busy, forget about talking to your tablemates (unless, like some, you decide it's okay to scream to make yourself heard). Maybe some interior modifications to reduce the noise would be a good idea? My significant other and I finally gave up trying to talk and just focused on enjoying the food, which, at Basil, is not a bad option, either. But conversation is such an important part of a meal, it's a shame not to be able to communicate without screaming.
To be fair, we've been to Basil in the early, early evenings when it was not too loud. 10 p.m. on Saturday - forget about it.
We went to Basil last Saturday and were not disappointed. I expected a long wait, but we arrived at about 6pm and got the last available table. Our waiter was very nice and attentive and got drinks out to us right away. The food took a little while, but we didn't mind. I ordered the Red Curry and it was fabulous--just the right amount of heat. Although you could tell a wait was forming, I did not feel pressured to leave as soon as the check was delivered. I can't wait for the Mt. Pleasant location to be up and running in fall 2010! We will be back!
Basil really is the best. I know a lot of people come to Charleston to try lowcountry cuisine, but Basil is absolutely delicious. Just good, traditional, Thai food and good prices. I recommend the curry if you can handle the heat. My wife is a traditionalist and always gets the Pad Thai.
need to update my review from below...they need a hostess ASAP. Service was not so hot last time. Waited 10 minutes just to get a drink order. Didn't get menus for 20 minutes and we didn't get flatware or chopsticks until we asked for it after our food was served. On a good note, the food was great again. They need more help in the front of the house.
Tasty Thai and Taste of Thai in West Ashley are the best Thai restaurants in Charleston. Order the Massaman Curry and a Ginger Mojito!
Tasty Thai and Sushi is a great option for the other thai restaurant down the street. My wife and I have been here 4 times (3 dine in's and 1 take out). Each meal we have ordered something different and have not been disappointed yet. Give this place a try, because I highly recommend it. I would give this place 4 stars. (5 being a pretty rare rating)
We decided to try this place after reading such great reviews but were completely disappointed. The appetizers of fried crab won tons had way too much cream cheese and we couldn't even taste the crab but the dumplings were fine. At first our server was very attentive and informative but once we placed our entree order, he disappeared. We had to ask other servers who happened to walk by for assistance. I ordered my entree on the recommendation of the now missing server and asked for the spiciest sauce option. My food came out cold & bland. My friend who accompanied me was not satisfied with his option either. We then had to again ask for someone who was not our server to remove the food, this server was really apologetic and kind. But at this point we were hungry and tired of trying, so we left and found another place to eat. Maybe we just tried it on an off night but I will never go back.
Pretty good Thai food. Wish there were more Thai spots around Charleston.
Its hard to tell from outside on King St. but the place is huge. One of the servers took us on a little tour and it turns out that it extends back to a really nice bar with nice art and a pleasant atmosphere. We sat at the bar - food was great we had this soup/stew (cant remember the name) that fittingly "tasty". Also, happy hour gets you 1/2 price on appetizers and draft beer. We will be back soon - as far as I'm concerned this is the best thai in Charleston.
My husband loves sushi, so we stopped in with the kids last weekend while shopping and it was fantastic! The sushi chef was amazing, everything so fresh and detailed. My kids shared the chicken fried rice and were all smiles while I had the salmon teriyaki. By far the best thai and sushi we've had in a long time. Our regular places also don't have as nice of a bar either, so we'll be getting a baby sitter more often!
I stumbled upon this new restaurant while looking for a place for my date and I to have dinner. I would have to say that i liked it much better than Basil. My date had the Pad Thai, which was fantastic! I have never had such great Pad Thai. I ordered Green Curry, which was so awesome that i couldn't even leave some to box up for later. I highly recommend this place! Great prices and service too!
I decided to try this place for lunch over the weekend and it was delicious! I was pleasantly surprised to find alternative for good thai food besides basil.
Good thai food and easy parking compared to the thai restuarants downtown. If you live in west ashley its better to go here than battle all the traffic, parking, and long waiting times.
Basil is my ALL time favorite restaurant! We eat there at least once a month and have been doing so for 3-4 years! If you're new to Thai food the waitstaff are all very helpful in helping you pick something new to try (and you'll LOVE it!). I always get the Basil Duck (I get it MILD since I am kind of a whimp with spicy food), it ridiculously good! I also like the Pad See-Eu and Vegetable Delight (neither of which are spicy). My husband goes for spice, he gets the green curry chicken or beef, Red Curry Duck or the 3-flavor fish. For appetizers...they're all good, but we especially like the stuffed shrimp, basil rolls and wonton soup! If you haven't been to Basil yet, you need to go...NOW!
I've spent a good amont of time in Thailand and I have never had such authentic Thai food than at Jasmine.
Delicious. Better than Basil. Best pad thai in town. mmm.
i'm a HUGE Jasmine fan. Awesome staff and amazing food. I usually just ask one of the waiters/owners for a recommendation based on whatever i'm in the mood for, they have turned me on to so many great dishes. i have never been disappointed with a Jasmine meal or dining experience and unlike Basil, the prices don't increase with every visit. Try the Pad Ka Tiem Prik Thai, or the Me Kok......IT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!!
This is such a wonderful little spot on JI, I can't believe nobody has commented yet and that it doesn't show up in the DISH! Great prices and delicious Thai food. Never had a bad experience, and they are always willing to go the extra mile and specialize your order the way you want it. It's not quite Basil, but a great alternative if you just want a low-key, no frills Thai meal done right.
Very good Thai food, pleasant decor, and an owner/waitperson who is very friendly and funny. Especially at lunch the value is great, a wonderful lunch for $7.
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