Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Sweet Basil Opens Today


The photos aren't great, but the sign says it all - Sweet Basil, the new Thai place on Franklin and Park, will be opening today. The menu look pretty standard in terms of dishes and prices, but with the nearest Thai place of any note on Washington, methinks Sweet Basil will do a brisk business.

Also, reader Sarah checked out Roti & Dumplings on Franklin and Union over the weekend, and offered her comments on ILFA's facebook page. Sounds like it's worth the trip across the parkway!

12 comments:

  1. Sweet, Sweet Basil is definitely sweet! Love the prices, interior design - minus the curtains, music is killer, staff friendly and I haven't even dug into my sweet smelling take out yet!

    More reviews after the jump! But I hope this is my new date spot after they work on the lighting.

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  2. I'm going today. Who's coming with me?

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  3. Haven't tried it yet, but I was hoping for a glimmer of authenticity, and I don't think we're going to get it here. One look at the menu and it's the same-old and worse.

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  4. Had the chicken Pad Thai delivered yesterday. It was awesome and affordable. Definitely recommend

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  5. I'm not looking for authenticity, just food I might think is yummy.

    ....how does it compare to Udom on Washington? They are pretty good for $9.

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  6. I went to Roti and Dumpling as well and it is WELL worth the trip. I live right next door to it and it's so wonderful and delicious and cheap. You can also ask for a free membership card that gives you %10 off your entire order every time you come in.

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  7. Have only tried the shrimp pad thai so far, but definitely think it was better than Udom. Udom's pad thai is usually pretty tasteless, and they use skimpy shrimps. The staff at Sweet Basil was very friendly (though disorganized and overwhelmed, on opening night). Disappointed in the lack of rama on the menu but will definitely be going back.

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  8. You know, I had takeout from them - chicken pad thai - a couple nights ago, and it was inedible. Absolutely awful. Hopefully it's just growing pains or something. I had to have a few other people try the dish to make sure that the chemical, metallic taste of the dish wasn't just my taste buds misfiring. It tasted like they hadn't washed off a cleaning or sterilizing fluid from their prep equipment before putting together my dinner. The other dishes in our takeout order were OK. Not great, just OK.

    I'll give them another try in a few months, perhaps. But I'm not very enthusiastic about spending any more money there, especially when there are some great options up and down Franklin.

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  9. I tried chicken roti at Roti & Dumplings. It tastes delicious just like they say on their website, it tastes fresh and the curry sauce is a killer. The chicken is chipotle style grilled chicken, sweet and tender. It's the first time I had a roti though I was told the traditional new york roti is filled with potato and chicken with bones. If you need more flavors they have store made sauce for you to choose.
    I also tried chicken dumplings, it tastes great. From now, I have a dumpling house nearby, no need to go to Chinatown any mroe. :)Love those chicken dumplings. 7 for $2.50, it's a great meal.

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  10. i've ordered out and eaten in and IMHO this place is wonderful, food is fresh and delicious, light years beyond Udom.

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  11. It's way better as takeout. I love the interior design but when I went to dine there one evening, I was choking on their pineapple and they did absolutely nothing. The waitress leaving for the day came quickly with water only after my friend called for water a few times. Actually, nobody did anything, even the guests seated next to me. Is standing by and gawking the new black?

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