Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Basil (King Street)

Shame on me for not reviewing this restaurant earlier. It’s become a standard or sorts in my life. Basil is always good. Always. I recently came back from Taiwan where I had some of the best Thai food, and where I experienced green papaya salad. I wondered if Basil’s had the same authentic taste.

The green papaya salad tasted so authentic (julienned green papaya, bell peppers, crushed peanuts, shrimp, and marinade that I can’t dissect). The  marinade/vinaigrette is one I could sip on, literally.

Soft Shell Crab is something I usually don’t pass up. It was in a.....here I go again with the sauce description, it was bold, slightly curried, slightly coconut. 

My usual is the Pad Thai (noodles, shrimp, chicken, cilantro, sprouts) and has more ingredients that bursts outrageous flavor with every bite. 

The beautiful sweet rice with mango. The rice was sticky and warm, with a savory sweet/salty coconut dressing topped with crushed sesame. Combined with the cool mango, it is one dessert that is unforgettable.
The bad: Lines of people to get in to eat one of the best meals in Charleston
The good: Basil has become a standard for me regarding quality and consistency of food. It’s always good. 
In conclusion: Go to Basil. It’s on the bucket list. The Thai flavor will make your mouth celebrate. Shame on you if you do not go.

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