Thai Basil Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 14511 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy P

    Chantilly, VA 20151

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  • 703-631-8277

About Thai Basil Restaurant

Hours
Daily 11 am-3 pm and 5-10 pm

Food

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This was either the first or second Thai restaurant we ever tried in Northern Virginia (the other was Star Thai in Fair Lakes) and it remains our favorite in the area.

The decor is a little plain but has an air of authenticity--perhaps a bit closer to what you'd find if you were eating in a typical (i.e. not tourist-glitzy) good restaurant in Thailand.

The menu offers a good selection of entrees plus a few Thai soups and salads.

My favorite salad is the Som Tam, made with shredded green papaya, which I like extra hot. The crunchiness and light fruity flavor of the papaya are an interesting contrast to the pungently spiced, mildly sweet and slightly tart chili-lime dressing. But all the other salads are quite enjoyable, too.

One of our favorite Thai dishes really stands out at this restaurant. It's the Goong Obb Wun Sen, "Cellophane noodles and shrimp seasoned with Thai pesto,
ginger and wild peppercorns steamed in clay pot." (The quote is from the menu.) We always look forward to the wonderful aroma you get when you lift the lid off the clay pot. It's hard to describe! There are a few little stems of whole red peppercorns, which black peppercorns in their ripened state and only gently hot. You might not want to eat them whole (unless you're like me!) but their pleasant flavor is cooked through the noodles anyway.

There are two desserts that we love: sticky rice with mango, and sticky rice with Thai custard. The sticky rice is served warm in both of these and is just slightly chewy, making another nice contrast with the tender mango or the custard.

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★★★★☆

This was either the first or second Thai restaurant we ever tried in Northern Virginia (the other was Star Thai in Fair Lakes) and it remains our favorite in the area.

The decor is a little plain but has an air of authenticity--perhaps a bit closer to what you'd find if you were eating in a typical (i.e. not tourist-glitzy) good restaurant in Thailand.

The menu offers a good selection of entrees plus a few Thai soups and salads.

My favorite salad is the Som Tam, made with shredded green papaya, which I like extra hot. The crunchiness and light fruity flavor of the papaya are an interesting contrast to the pungently spiced, mildly sweet and slightly tart chili-lime dressing. But all the other salads are quite enjoyable, too.

One of our favorite Thai dishes really stands out at this restaurant. It's the Goong Obb Wun Sen, "Cellophane noodles and shrimp seasoned with Thai pesto,
ginger and wild peppercorns steamed in clay pot." (The quote is from the menu.) We always look forward to the wonderful aroma you get when you lift the lid off the clay pot. It's hard to describe! There are a few little stems of whole red peppercorns, which black peppercorns in their ripened state and only gently hot. You might not want to eat them whole (unless you're like me!) but their pleasant flavor is cooked through the noodles anyway.

There are two desserts that we love: sticky rice with mango, and sticky rice with Thai custard. The sticky rice is served warm in both of these and is just slightly chewy, making another nice contrast with the tender mango or the custard.

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