I won't go into the whole ordeal...but based on my families experience on a single visit...I have no plans to go back.
Service was weak even though we were seated 6' from counter and there were only a couple other patrons. Waitress was more involved with setting up shop & organizing rather than waiting on customers. Meanwhile, one of the owners(?), a woman, is walking around with a glass of wine in hand and offers no assistance.
My meal came out separately and long after everyone else was served...in a party of 3. Food was not appetizing and bit 'off' from one would expect of familiar dishes.
No thank you.
they are actually on this site THREE times... perhaps to not show any of the negative reviews! Read this Charleston City Paper page for the truth http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charles…
My partner and I went to Tasty Thai last Fall and had a wonderful time. The service was a tad slow but not inattentive and the food was surprisingly good. We picked up a Restaurant.com gift certificate and headed there on 2/22/11. I'm sorry we did. The food was missing key ingredients, the service was a schizophrenic blend of apathetic and combative, the prices far too high, and the music much, much too loud.
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.
Got takeaway from there the other night. Clearly, there is some Chinese and Thai influence on the menu to make it more suitable for American tastes, but it was all very good and the staff were sharp and on the ball.
Solid thai cuisine for the price point. It's unfortunate that they've had to deal with whatever sewage issues that side of King has had, since I'm sure that's affected the ability to sit down and enjoy your meal. The stench of the sewage in the restaurant is overbearing even when retrieving my to-go order, so I hope that they can fix that situation. But, Dani is a doll and the staff is always kind. My favorite Pad See Ewe when I'm craving both sweet and spicy.
I am an Afro-American male from Philadelphia, PA and have eaten Vietnamese food for forty years.
The Pho was very tasty, service great: only the second time being served by non-Vietnamese waiters. Although the Pho was very good I have never paid $9.99 for a medium size bowl of Pho. I would eat there again.
i have not tried this yet but the best pad thai I have had is at The Mustard Seed
How do three 5-star reviews average out to 4.6 stars? Charleston City Paper, you got some splainin to do.
"Try Bon Banh Mi only if you want some food that excites your taste buds." i hate when people say shit like that. is it supposed to be a challenge for all those people who enjoy flavorless/dull food?
They have some how managed to remove all negative reviews! At first I gave this place two stars but that shiesty move has down graded them to ONE! Food is not authentic - overpriced for food/flavor to taste ratio - music is obnoxious - service slow - and hey did I mention the food was BAD!!!!! I am in food and beverage and I come from the west coast where proper vietnamese food reigns... trust me save your pennies and head to H and L asian market. The food there is not perfect by any means but at least your not pissed when you leave.
Without a doubt, the best new spot in town. My wife and I are BIG fans. Aaron, you are right, the beef short rib is the bomb. It's tender and has just enough spice.
*sweet not sweat...ha!
My girlfriend and I walked over on a prime Saturday evening around 8:00pm. We had a short 10-15 minute wait but were able to sit at the bar and we both got drinks. The bartender was both knowledgeable and attentive. I tried the CO Singapore sling which was better then average. If there are no seats available at the bar then you have to kind of awkwardly wait against a wall behind the people sitting at the bar. After our brief wait we were seated at the top of the stairs. Overall they have a number of small 2 top tables for couples, 1 small section of couch seating maybe for 4-5 people and a number of community tables which is probably why people don't ever seem of have to wait very long despite the restaurant being busy.
We started with the pork and ginger gyoza ($5) and the crispy pork and crab spring rolls ($6) which were both phenomenal. The dumplings were some of the best in town and the spring rolls were crispy, delicious and not the least bit greasy.
For our entrees I ordered the beef pho ($12) and my girlfriend ordered the pad thai ($14). The pho came out steaming hot with perfectly rare beef slices. It was well seasoned and came with a side of sriarcha like chili sauce to spice it up a little if desired. The pad thai was on par with Basil's. I think they're both delicious and I wouldn't be able to pick one over the other.
The only sour spot was the service. Our server was very rude, dismissive and inattentive. I thought that perhaps this was an isolated incident however the table beside of ours was having a similar experience with a different server. I was a little disappointed because in my opinion having excellent food is usually the hard part, having a friendly well managed staff should be the easy part.
Overall the food was wonderful and I will definitely go back even if its just for takeout!
But, alas, Quyen is closed.
Susieg: Ever hear of Spoletto? Maybe that is why this "gem" was jam packed on a Sunday.
I enjoyed Basil on my last visit. The Pad Prik was nice and spicy and the soup was cluttered with chicken and had a great coconut hint to it. I will definitely return, and am looking forward to the Mount Pleasant location opening. One thing is for sure, it is rather boisterous in there (in the bad context loud).
We went on a Tuesday evening at about 5:30pm, so the place was not crowded. However, our waitress treated us like she & the restaurant were slammed...she rushed us taking our order & also through the entire meal. In the beginning, when I asked for a recommendation, she said "oh, that's a personal choice." well, DUH, but a good waitress can always tell a customer what dishes are the most popular, or what THEIR favorite is! This waitress also whizzed by & swept our appetizer plate off the table without even asking if we were done. I commented to my boyfriend, "Well, I guess she decided we were done with that!". My garlic chicken was Super Duper UBER garlicky (I love garlic, but WHOA!) & also it was very very salty, so I didnt enjoy it that much. My boyfriend said his basil chicken was decent, but nothing to rant & rave about. The rice in the pot was very dry, like it had been sitting under a heat lamp. This waitress then came by to ask us if we needed anything else, (so...I guess not?!) WHILE whipping out the already printed up bill. After bringing the credit card receipt back, she then came back by the table before we had even left and grabbed the receipt off of the table! We have eaten here before, maybe a couple of years ago, and recalled it being good, enjoyable & affordable, but I believe that things are on the decline....or at least our experience made it seem that way. Bottom line: Rushed service and mediocre food (and about a $50 tab for 2!) do not entice us to make a return trip or recommend it to others.
They have this creamy coconut soup thats very spicy....it is awesome! hot bartender with long blonde hair...
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.
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