Cooking food over an open flame can impart smoky flavor and seal in savory juices, but cooking food over an eternal flame can get a bobsledding team kicked out of the Olympics. Get your fill of flame-cooked fare with today's: for $15, you get $30 worth of Thai cuisine and drinks at Thai Sweet Basil.
The freshly spiced dishes at Thai Sweet Basil shower mouths in authentic Southeast Asian flavor. The made-from-scratch menu ingratiates diners with starters such as the satey chicken, marinated in mixed spices and served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad ($5.95), and the angel wings ($6.95) divined from clear noodle- and veggie-stuffed battered chicken wings deep fried in cherubim's tears. A rainbow of curry colors springboards onto jasmine rice with a choice of meat, seafood, veggie, or tofu ($9.95–13.95), and the orange plum duck ($16.95) mixes sweet and savory taste notes in harmonious accord.
Nibble on thai donuts ($3.95) to satiate sweet teeth or furnish engagement bands for impulse proposals in Thai Sweet Basil’s softly lit dining room. Pale yellow walls and white linen tablecloths cloak meals in tranquil ambience as guests choose from thai iced tea, coffee, or a varying selection of wine to wash down toothsome fare with aqueous aplomb.
Thai Sweet Basil
At Thai Sweet Basil, chefs shun frozen produce and MSG, instead championing fresh, all-natural ingredients for their menu of traditional Thai cuisine. They simmer five varieties of curries, serving them with fragrant mounds of jasmine rice, and fry up classic noodle dishes, such as pad thai and sweet-basil fried rice. They also plate delicacies such as soft-shell crab with green curry and snapper marinated in tamarind. All the recipes and cooking techniques that they use were developed over the centuries in the Thai royal palace. Servers weave between sunny walls and maroon booths bordering a dining room speckled with emerald fronds, exotic artwork, and linens as white and untarnished as a snowman's criminal record.