Green Basil – Lunch Specials
Green Basil is a popular Thai House Royale knock off located across the road from Metropolis/Station Square. Just like the Thai House Royale, Green Basil serves a very reasonable lunch special that lets you choose between a number of different menu items.
While the prices are slightly cheaper than Thai House Royale (which is why I think Green Basil is so popular), Green Basil’s lunch special isn’t as “special”. The food’s not bad… it just doesn’t meet up to the standards of Thai House Royale… and personally, I would rather pay the extra $1-$2 across the street for the better food.
Green Basil’s lunch special begins with a small House Salad and small Vegetarian Spring Roll. Considering this plate was for the two of us to share, I would have expected a little larger salad.
You also get a bowl of their Daily Soup which I’m guessing was supposed to be similar to a hot and sour soup. The soup was rather disappointing as I was mentally comparing it to the much more flavourful one at Thai House Royale.
When we visited at lunch, the restaurant was packed with a lot of younger diners and it was quite noisy with all of the loud chatter. If you’re looking for a quiet lunch, this probably isn’t the best place to go to.
The 31L Pork with Chili Paste, Onions, and Mushrooms had an okay amount of heat but seemed to be a little skimpy with the amount of pork. All of the lunch specials comes with a huge serving of their Coconut Rice but personally, I found the rice to be rather dry with no discernible coconut flavour. For $6.95, it’s a good size dish that will fill you up (especially with the rice).
I picked the 26L Green Curry Chicken with Eggplant and Coconut Milk to see how it compared with the Thai House Royale. The first thing that I noticed was that they serve the rice on the same dish as the green curry – which is a bad idea because the rice soaks up all of the sauce. They should serve the curry in a separate bowl to allow the diner to control the amount of sauce and rice that intermix. Halfway through the meal, all of the curry sauce was used up – which was quite disappointing. The curry itself was pretty good but, just like the pork dish, it seemed like they skimped on the amount of chicken in this dish.
The food’s pretty good but not great. Next time, I’m just going to stick with the lunch specials at the Thai House Royale instead.
Food: 3.5 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5