Thai Basil: In recent times a few friends and I have taken advantage of Spirit Airlines $9 fare club. We’ve flown to Boston for a weekend getaway for a measly 6 bucks. You can’t beat that (even though it was -10 at one point)! While walking around the bitter cold and awesomely popular Newbury Street we stumbled upon this underground gem. Thai Basil is a traditional Thai restaurant that was getting some pretty heavy traffic. Some dim lighting and a run-of-the-mill décor didn’t change our mind. We really wanted some Thai food. The menu was very reasonably priced and they had plenty to offer. We ordered a round of appetizers to start: The Crab Rangoon and an awesome little number called the dancing shrimp. The Crab Rangoon was wontons stuffed with crabmeat, carrots, and cream cheese. They were deliciously cream and could have used a bit more crabmeat. Overall, it is a heavier appetizer that I wouldn’t recommend before planning a big meal as it can easily fill you up. The dancing shrimp were shrimp that was tempura served with a deliciously sweet tamarind sauce. This is also another heavy appetizer that if I wasn’t sharing I probably would have been full at this point. For my meal I chose a traditional Pad-Thai. No bells and whistles it was traditional and delicious. I could probably eat this every day. Overall, it was a great meal in a cool place with a great price tag attached. We’ve now been to Boston twice and have eaten there both times.
Price: $$ - moderate
Thai Basil’s Location: 132 Newbury St. Boston, MA