Last night my fiance took me to Basil. Full disclosure: as a Baal Teshuva, I have some pretty high standards for restaurants. The ambiance was good, but a bit too crowded. However, the nice hostess put us at the most secluded table in the place - amazing! The only complaint was that it is very cold in the resto. The decor is excellent and the place is very clean.
The food was fantastic. The waitress was honest and asked if we wanted to have our pizza delivered first since it would be done way before the pasta (we said yes). We had the "margarita", which had pesto on it. It was fabulous except for the parmesan cheese (granted I'm holding the cheese to non-kosher standards).
We had the seashells pasta (peas, mushrooms, tomatoes). They make all of their own pasta. It was remarkably well balanced, and the peas were the freshest I've had in years. The only problem was that it was served lukewarm.
For dessert we had the lavender dusted funnel cake with basil ice cream. The funnel cake was amazing, but could have used more lavandar. The basil ice cream was clearly high quality, very creamy without having an overpowering flavor. They give you a very small portion of the ice cream, but it was very satiating.
The major drawback of the meal was not getting bread. It seemed like it would have rounded out the experience alot.
Overall, I give them major credit for creativity and pushing the limits of the relatively homogenous kosher dining scene. The food was fantastic, and I think with time they will round out the minor flaws. I will definitly be going back, even though it is an hour away!
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