Being in the Metrotown area, and not really in the mood for food court fare, I decided to cross the street and check out Green Basil. Having driven past the place more times than I can count.
I ordered one of the lunch combos, which started with a small cup of tom yum goong (hot and sour) soup.
A “traditional” tom yum is shrimp bisque like broth, combined with the flavors of lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, lime, tomatoes, garlic, chilies and a few whole prawns. This had some of the flavors (the lemon grass, lime and chilis), and some shrimp stock flavor, but no prawns. It tofu instead.
This was followed by some thai style spring rolls. These are vegetable spring rolls, filled with bean threads, onions, cabbage, mushrooms, bean sprouts, cilantro and basil, deep-fried to light crisp, and served with a spicy sweet dipping sauce. These were pretty good spring rolls. They were very light and crispy without being greasy, and the fillings had some decent flavor and proper seasoning.
My main consisted of chicken “swimming rama”
This is a chicken stir fried quickly with a chunky peanut sauce, served over blanched spinach and lettuce with some Jasmin rice. This is a little unusual since swimming rama typically does not have iceberg lettuce. That said, it’s not bad. The peanut sauce had a nice hint of coconut and curry flavor, and the chicken was reasonably good.
The room was large and nicely decorated with just enough accent pieces to give a “thai” feel, but it was a dimly lit.
The service was unremarkable, not bad, but completely forgettable.
Overall, this was a just okay meal (the spring rolls were probably the highlight). I can’t say that I was really disappointed since I had no significant expectations coming in, and this was still better than anything I would have had at the Metrotown food court.