Sweet basil, a pungent and spicy herb with a flavor akin to cloves, originated in India, where it is believed to be a sacred protection against evil. The basil might not be fighting dark spirits at Sweet Basil restaurant, but things are going right for the eatery.
Aromas of fresh garlic, cilantro, and coconut milk waft across the cozy eatery, tempting customers to choose items such as garlic prawns, ba mee nam egg noodles, and three-flavor halibut. Deep-fried to a golden brown, the halibut comes topped with sweet-plum sugar, sour tamari, and garlic chili, making it a favorite of the Eugene Review. Dessert tempts tongues with a fried banana topped with powdered sugar and honey or with housemade coconut ice cream.