I had the misfortune of craving Thai food on Sunday – a day when my favorite Thai restaurant in all of Denver and Colorado Springs was closed — WILD GINGER in Littleton, Colorado. So, I did the next best thing. Plugged in Thai in my search engine on google maps and Thai Basil along with its neighbor Swing Thai on Alameda in Denver popped up. I decided to try a new place since I frequent Swing Thai in the Highlands.
From the beginning… the waitress was … well, less than friendly. The Thai veggie egg rolls, another review stated on yelp, were nothing but rice noodle and cabbage- that’s true but I was hungry. The entrees are a whole ‘nother story. SPICY! Their sauces are pre-made so don’t expect a mild Thai dish. Sure, maybe I shouldn’t expect that from a Thai restaurant but I have been to well over twenty Thai/Asian Fusion restaurants in the Denver area and I have to say, I have never had a problem with getting a dish the way I want it. I did at Thai Basil. If you have even a mild reflux or other condition, watch out! Order wisely!
The prices are comparable but I think the lure to this place is its prices on beer/wine — they are $0.50 for beer and $2.00 for wines. The CATCH: 5-9pm and you have to buy a dinner entree. I had the panang and it was not as flavorful as other panangs I have had elsewhere but their Asian Chinese dishes in regular soy/Chinese schezuan looked not so spicy- of course, I did not try them so I cannot vouch for it. I will probably not return for the food but like I said, their drink specials I am sure are tempting for those who wish to drink a bit but not pay the big price tag.
The biggest disappointment of the night – I had a ton of left over curry but no rice to go with it so I asked for more rice. At most other places, they provide this in your to-go bag without charging extra. Thai Basil was ready to charge me $2.00 for it. I was a little disappointed and surprised by this as I just wanted enough to eat the next day with my left over panang. In any case, maybe if we had a different server… or maybe if I had just gone to Swing Thai next door. In any case, after three could’ve, would’ve, should’ves, GetCluedIn gives Thai Basil a BIG Question Mark. Out of all the Thai places in the Denver metro area, I do not recommend Thai Basil. If you want to go for drinks, then this may be the place for you but if you are looking spectacular Thai food and/or great service, then this is not the place for you.