Friday, April 26, 2013

Basil Thai, Paso Robles

After a long day of wine tasting, we really needed a hearty meal. I did a quick search of the area and there was a vegan-friendly Thai restaurant located in downtown Paso Robles -- Basil Thai. Yes, yet another Thai restaurant with "Basil" in its name.

The restaurant was busy, but they were able to seat us right away. Zach was done with drinking so he ordered a non-alcoholic drink. I went for more wine and chose a nice Viognier. I mean, hey, I was on vacation so why not?! We started with the Golden Bags as an appetizer. These petit, crispy, rice paper bags were filled with sauteed sweet potatoes, onions, and curry powder served with a cucumber salad. I liked the pairing of a fresh cucumber salad with the fried golden bags as they complemented each other well.

For my entree, I decided not to be adventurous -- ordering the same kind of thing I usually enjoy at a Thai restaurant. So, I ordered the Chili Basil in Thai Spicy. A word of caution - when they ask if you want Thai Spicy and you tell them that you do, you better be ready to take the heat. This is burn-your-mouth-off hot, which is right up my alley. The tofu was fried just right and served with mixed vegetables like zucchini, carrots, and bamboo in a chili garlic sauce with Thai basil. It was delicious. And you are able to choose brown rice, which I absolutely love.

The food and service were good. The only downside was the high prices as the entrees were $15 each and the starter was $7. Not really that high, but high for a Thai restaurant in downtown Paso Robles. That said, with the few vegan options in this city, I think it was a great place to go for a nice, hearty dinner. And afterwards, you can stroll through the quaint, little town.

Basil Thai
828 11th Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-9945

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  1. I'm glad to hear they lived up to their name with the Thai basil in your entree!

    Also, cute pouches. I've never seen a Thai dish like that.

  2. Me neither! They were so cute!