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Had a really great meal at Basilic in Boca Raton that is worthy of letting fellow CHOWders know.
The place from the outside looks like nothing special, however inside, there is a peaceful Zen ambiance with a nice bar in front and plenty of tables. It was a rainy night, but I believe there is a garden out back with outside seating as well.
While I did not try many dishes, what we had was incredibly satisfying. They begin by bringing shrimp chips to the table. Most of the time, I forgo eating them because they are usually stale and taste of nothing but fry and calories to me, but here, they had real "shrimp" and spice flavor. On the table there are also two styles of chili sauce to dip in.
We ordered the pork/shrimp eggroll, the least successful dish eaten, (somewhat greasy), and tasted mostly of pork, rather than shrimp but was still crispy and tasty just not the best I've ever had. ($7).
We also had the beef Pho (10.50)- complete with sprouts and all the traditional fixings. The broth was rich in flavor, the noodles were perfectly cooked and the beef was fresh and abundant. I was thoroughly stuffed after the dish. There was a Vietnamese couple slurping and eating with gusto next to me, always a good sign.
My husband had the Shaken Beef, which tasted Chinese (a good thing). It was a wok dish of stir fried filet in a brown sauce with onions and peppers and a lime/salt and pepper dipping sauce alongside fried rice. (19.50) He also had a "33" (Vietnamese beer 5).
Will definitely return to have a bahn mi for lunch and other dishes for dinner. Wondering what, if any, has anyone else to say about this place?
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