I had lunch at a new Thai restaurant today: Thai Bazil (704 University Ave. W, St. Paul). I liked it a lot, even though I was all set for Brazilian-Thai fusion food at first, because I mis-read the sign. <g>
Mr. Tastebud and I ordered "Sarongs" (fried noodle-coated meatballs with a sweet & sour sauce), Papaya Salad (I asked for Thai Style, as opposed to Lao style, which they say is less sweet and has more fish sauce), and Pad Thai (Mr. Tastebud is on a quest for the best in town). Oh, and I had young coconut juice (yum).
The food was very tasty, portions were huge, and the heat level was high. My Papaya Salad was "3" (medium), and it was right at the upper edge of my tolerance - which was perfect for me. Mr. Tastebud's Pad Thai was at level "2", which he said was kinda spicy for him. (I couldn't detect much heat, but then I'm the hot-pepper-addict of the family.) I liked the Pad Thai - it's different than at other places, but I can't quite put my finger on why (maybe less sweet and coconut-y?).
They say they've been open for 3 weeks. The place was empty at lunch, and I hope business picks up soon. The food was very good - maybe not up to the level of True Thai, but I thought it was better than Ketsana's, and, of course, it was much better than Sawatdee.
Has anyone else been there yet? I'm curious about the rest of the menu, especially the Thai Shrimp Omelette over Rice, Thai-curried Walleye, Lob Esan, and the Sweet Green Curry.