Sweet Basil – Portland, OR

Cost: Lunch:$ Dinner:$$$
Food Recommendation: Lovely Ginger Lunch Special Combo
Drink Recommendation: Thai Ice Tea

Other Suggestion: Lunch is from 11:30-2:30 pm. The prices for lunch are very reasonable. Go on a sunny and warm day. Ask to sit on the deck.

On the busy street of Broadway, tucked into a tree lined cul-de-sac, sits Sweet Basil. My favorite Thai restaurant in all of Portland. Walk into the pink house by the way of the white wooden steps and they will lead you into a sunny dinning room. There you will be greeted by Golden Fat Buddhas sitting high on their shelves, green plants, crisp white linens and a smiling Thai wait staff. To those of you that like to be surrounded in loveliness, sit outside. Be prepared to be transported into a fairy’s land. Modestly they will seat you on a red wooden deck, over grown with thick green grape vines; that shade you from the sun while providing a sweet amuse busche. The wet smell of tart grapes mixed with a sweet Thai iced tea is enough to send your senses into a tail spin.

I order the Lovely Ginger Lunch Special for $7.95.
This lunch platter comes with a Thai Salad, crispy green lettuce with a their house dressing. Pad Thai Noodles, wonderfully cooked noodles with a crunchy sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Thai Rice cooked to perfection that adorns your plate in a shape of a star or a crescent moon. And Finally the Basil Chicken. Slices of chicken in a sweet and spicy Thai Basil Sauce accompanied by snow peas, mushrooms and bean sprouts. The crunchiness of the fresh vegetables mixed with the soft and warm chicken, mingling together in my mouth, is an amazing experience. These plates look more like art masterpieces than a reasonably priced meal. I highly recommend Sweet Basil. I am forever spoiled. The Bar has been raised.
My friends have reminded me to mention, in this review, that the entire staff is beautiful. Not that this sways my rating but i do think that it adds to the wonderful and unforgettably sweet atmosphere of Sweet Basil. Enjoy!
(This post was adapted from LeLa’s Review blog ‘The Sassy Server’ in 2007)


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