Five stars! Everything is wonderful. Try the desserts!
I keep going back. Today, for lunch, I started with the wonderful Thai-style hot wings that were dripping with a SPICY red pepper sauce. As a main dish I jumped into a plate of Thai-hot stir-fried basil with chicken and brown sauce. Excellent. The brown sauce by itself would be a great dish. My dining partner, not the most adventurous diner, opted for the veggie fried rice and declared it the BEST in the Charleston area. And believe me, she has sampled that dish in almost every Asian restaurant around. This place is in the same strip center as the new Kohl's in West Ashley (across the street from Home Depot). Go. Try. You'll love it.
The best and now only place for delicious pho.
awesome, i have tried 4 different items on the menu and each one was amazing! they are very friendly, just make sure to bring cash!! Best place for a unaxpensive, delicious and healthy lunch or dinner.
I have now eaten here on two occasions and been impressed with the dishes that I have ordered. My last trip here I enjoyed Pad Thai. It was prepared perfectly, the peanuts on the side so that you added as little or as much as you wanted. The spices were perfect the right blend, this is what Pad Thai is supposed to taste like. I really wonder why people are still waiting in line at the other Thai restaurant downtown. At least here you can taste the seasoning in the meats (they don't pre-cook the meats).
I know I'll be going back here again!
Basil does not take reservations and so we thought if we got there before 7:00 we might not have to wait. Not so much. The restaurant was packed and there was a 20-25 minute wait. When asked if we preferred outside seating to inside we said that it didn’t matter and our time was moved up a bit. While window shopping our way through King Street the phone rang and our table was ready.
We were seated at one of the six four-tops outside the restaurant. Small planter boxes and Tiki torches adorn the patio (and help to keep the bugs away!) I thought it was going to be very warm with the heat wave we’ve been having, but much to my surprise there was a lovely breeze and it was a wonderful way to people watch as we waited for our server to arrive.
Our server was very attentive, but not intrusive. He was easily able to answer questions about the menu and made a few suggestions as well. We ordered our appetizer of Fresh Basil Rolls and continued to peruse the menu.
In sleuthing their website this morning not only is Chef Suntorn an accomplished chef, but he has also traveled the globe. His career started in Bangkok, Thailand and he has worked in England, Paris, United Arab Emirate, Miami, San Francisco and Boston. The site doesn’t say how he landed here in Charleston, but we’re just glad he did.
In a bat of an eye our appetizer arrived and we placed our dinner order. The Fresh Basil Rolls were simple and beautiful. The “house sauce” was a spicy sweet concoction (Chef Suntorn’s house sauce) with ground fresh ginger floating on top. The Basil Rolls were delicate and had an incredible fresh flavor that was only enhanced when dipped in the sauce. I hoped that dinner would be just as good. The website said that all of the dishes and sauces are not made ahead of time but are authentic and made from scratch. We could really taste the difference.
Our entrees arrived after we had finished the Basil Rolls and had a few minutes to relax. Perfectly timed, our server delivered the Pad Thai and Crispy Red Curry Duck.
From the website I learned that Pad Thai is the national dish of Thailand. Who knew? It is rice noodles stir-fried with chicken, shrimp, eggs, bean sprouts, scallions and a Pad Thai sauce. On the plate as a garnish was freshly shredded cabbage, carrots and cilantro with a lime wedge for good measure.
Having lived in Boston for many years and many bad winters the need for “lunch delivered” was paramount. Often times we ordered “Chinese” and there was a Pad Thai option, which in no way even remotely resembled what I was served that evening. My dish, which I asked for a little spicy was exquisite. Not greasy, not oily, with fresh ingredients and a flavor that just jumped off the plate.
My husband is a big duck fan and Basil’s Crispy Red Curry Duck more than met the mark. Listed on the menu as Chef Suntorn’s Signature Dish it was a boneless half duck that is deep fried with vegetables and red curry sauce. It is also served with a small container of freshly steamed white rice that was very, very hot.
The duck was tender and the dish overall was one of the best duck dishes that he’s ever tasted. Both of us were full quickly, but continued to graze a bit before throwing in the towel. I am a tad embarrassed to admit that some of my Pad Thai was a breakfast reheat this morning…
I had originally said that I wanted to scout out Charleston’s hidden restaurant gems when I started my blog. Although based on the crowd and the waiting line, I am late in this discovery, but nonetheless, Basil is a gem. Look for their third location to open in Mount Pleasant this summer. I know we’re looking forward to it.
We LOVE Pattaya. They make a Chicken Country Soup that heals every cold I get. The atmosphere isn't much but the food is fantastic!!
I brought my friend here to celebrate her bday and introduce her to Thai food and it was perfect! My mom is from Thailand and this food was just like I get from her house or the Buddhist temple she goes to!
We ordered mild Chicken Larb (a ground meat salad over rice) that was so good I couldn't stop eating it even after I was full! It has a lot of cilantro and red onion and comes with cabbage and cucumbers. We also had mild Chicken Pad Thai which was so delicious I didn't even mind the peanuts that I usually don't have on it. For appetizers we had pork spring rolls (they use the best wrapper - rice, not egg) and Chicken Dim Sum that came with a super yummy dipping sauce. For dessert we had sticky rice drizzled with coconut milk and the ripest mango pieces I have seen in a long time.
All of that food came in big enough portions to share AND come away with leftovers and the final bill was about $40. The service was great and I will definitely be bringing my mom there when she visits!
I went on Sunday night with a friend, crazy busy, as always it seems. Had some soup and the fried duck, everything was excellent. It is hard to find better Thai food in the area.
Support this restaurant James Islanders! This really is a great place. Quirky? Look past that and try ANYTHING on the menu - you'll be impressed. Better than Basil and it is James Island priced. We have enough bar food and burger joints here - This is GOOD food.
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.
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 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.
I've spent a good amont of time in Thailand and I have never had such authentic Thai food than at Jasmine.
I have had a lot of Thai food. Since Jasmine closed on Folly Road and driving to Basil is such a pain, we decided to give this place a try for lunch. We ordered Thai Tea (the bomb) an order of Basil Shrimp Spring Rolls (fresh and delicious), Phad Thai (much better than the Mustard Seed (theirs is gross!) and Massaman Curry (oh yeah!). It was all very, very good. Portions were just right, the spice was good. We will definitely be back. This is a great place to grab lunch or dinner or even take out. The decor is not much to write home about, but it's very convenient since it's on James Island!! We are lacking good food choices on the island. Thank you Pick Thai !
I've been to Bon Banh Mi three times so far. Consistently tasty every time. I prefer the tacos over the sandwich
I lived on the west coast for years where Vietnamese and Thai restaurants were cheap, plentiful, and authentic. It's rare to find the same level of tastiness here. I wish I could remember the name of the shrimp and noodle dish I ordered...it was by far the best Vietnamese food (or any Asian food for that matter) I've had in Charleston. Perfectly flavored and spiced. The noodles were a perfect texture and the portion was enough to get full and take some home. My husband had a rice dish with several different types of meat that was good, too. And I'm glad they have Westbrook White Thai on the menu! There was a really friendly hostess and the server was nice enough-just very busy. My only complaint is that it was too loud in the restaurant. They were playing club music loud enough to make conversation difficult (we sat upstairs).
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