Though the Great Wall of China may win the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Siam, built to reach any itchy corner across the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious flavors with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $22 worth of Asian fusion cuisine at Thai Basil Restaurant in Riverton.
The epicurean gurus at Thai Basil call upon the culinary traditions of Thailand, Vietnam, and China to create an edible composite of Southeast Asia. Start your stab at the menu with some pot stickers—six fried pork dumplings served with the chef's special soy sauce ($4.99)—before choosing your regional allegiance with a main course. For a classic taste of Thailand, try an order of yellow curry—a spicy coconut-milk curry with potatoes, carrot, lime leaf, mushroom, onion, and your choice of protein ($11.99–$14.99). Or leap over Laos and have a plate of spicy mongolian beef with onions and scallions sautéed in a spicy brown sauce and served with rice ($11.99). Vegetarians will rejoice in the veggie lovers' section of the menu, where fulfilling stir-fry options such as Buddha Delight—fresh veggies with tofu, soy chicken, or soy beef ($10.99)—bounce off the page with the verve of a child after too many pixy stix.
Modern décor with distinctive Asian flair sets a proper backdrop for travel-seeking taste buds at Thai Basil, and a friendly, attentive wait staff makes guests feel as though they are snuggled in first-class, where water refills are limitless and peanuts are only rationed within reason. Stop in for lunch or dinner Monday–Saturday for a flavorful meal that will make a far more favorable impression on your tongue than licking a souvenir keychain.
Thai Basil Restaurant
The cooks at Thai Basil take diners on a culinary tour of Southeast Asia, bringing them the traditional flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Fluffy mounds of jasmine rice soak up the bright red and yellow sauces of thai curry dishes, and vietnamese pho beef noodle soup steams nearby. In the vegetarian section of the menu, fulfilling stir-fry options such as Buddha Delight—fresh veggies with tofu, soy chicken, or soy beef ($10.99)—bounce off the page with the verve of a child who's eaten too many pixy stix.
Modern Asian decor rich with reds and yellows sets a proper backdrop for travel-seeking taste buds, illuminating them with crimson pendant lighting and surrounding them with ornate room dividers. A friendly, attentive wait staff makes guests feel as though they are snuggled in first class, where water refills are limitless and peanuts are only rationed within reason.