The ability to differentiate between red and green curry is the mark of a good Thai chef and a common tell among children faking colorblindness to skip school. Test your rods and cones with today’s Groupon to Basil Restaurant. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Thai cuisine and drinks.
- For $20, you get $45 worth of Thai cuisine and drinks.<p>
Basil Restaurant teleports taste buds to the jungles of Thailand mapped out on a menu of authentic southeast Asian cuisine. Warm basins of tom ka ($5 for a cup; $9 for a bowl) drown hunger pangs in a rich broth of coconut milk and galingale with a choice of vegetables or chicken, and a papaya som tum salad ($7.50) convenes a diverse council of fresh vegetables and tangy sauce to meet taste-bud demands of mouthwatering flavor. Thin rice noodles intertwine with egg, bean sprouts, and crushed peanuts while performing an alluring and edible tarantella in the classic pad thai ($9.50). Piquant onions and jalapeños lounge beneath a blanket of brown sauce in dishes of eggplant basil ($11), and steamed chicken grabs attention from broccoli in the rama thai ($10). Rice dishes test the resolve of proteins, with the chili over rice ($9.50) sending a choice of meat or tofu through an odyssey of brown sauce tempted by the siren sound of bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, and chili.
Basil Restaurant welcomes diners into the cozy confines of a former antique shop, decked out in charming accents of bare brick. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d’s.
When Basil Restaurant opened in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on owner Rhome Ruanphae's inspiration: his mother’s string of successful Thai restaurants that she ran with her husband while he was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother’s culinary mastery for Basil Restaurant and has now found enough success of his own that he's opened a second location in the Brewery District.
Like the chefs at the first location, the chefs at the new location create stir-fried crispy noodle dishes and a rainbow of curries, soups, salads, and appetizers that keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins. Eventually, bar food will be added to complement the sleek new space, which blends industrial and antique-style decor.
Glittering chandeliers suspended next to exposed ductwork illuminate slate-gray walls. Above the black-and-hardwood bar rests glowing letters that spell out "LOVE," and in a separate lounge space with tufted dove-gray couches, the word "SMILE" shines above a vintage mirror.
1124 N High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43201Get Directions