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an overlooked gem - Basil Thai


Restaurants & Bars

an overlooked gem - Basil Thai

PoolBoy | Apr 27, 2005 11:50 PM

It's been a while since I've last posted. What motivates me to do so now is a series of recent visits to Basil Thai, a small and unjustly neglected restaurant in upper Georgetown (1608 Wisconsin Ave, just north of Q Street, by the 7-11).

I've been to this restaurant a number of times, and I most often come away from my meals there with a sense that they have been prepared with care and talent. The flavors seem more intense than elsewhere, the jasmine perfume of the rice stronger. (All in all, the food is superior to its competitors in the neighborhood, such as Busara.)

Some of my favorites are the ma kuer (chicken, eggplant, and basil), the drunken noodles (broad, gummy noodles, fiery with heat, and tossed with vegetables), the ped ka pow (crispy duck pieces with basil and a hot sauce), and the delicate ka na dishes (chinese broccoli).

Run by two sisters, the service is very friendly, if at times a bit slow. But the reasonable prices and quality preparation make meals at this restaurant a very good value.

Have others on the board tried this place? I'd be glad to hear other opinions.

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