[REVIEW] Another restaurant filled with greenery and herb planters… like why are there so many places going GREEN of late (whether real or fake)… Anyway, Basil Thai Kitchen has opened at Paragon basement 1, Orchard Road.
Its first outlet is at Kallang Wave Mall.
The tai-tais shopping around the mall should like the hua-hua cao-cao, meaning lush greenery of the restaurant, good to keep the mood calm (after stressful shopping and fussing over kids), and taking lao-chio wefies.
But let’s not let this colour the impressions of this eatery.
Headed by Iron Chef Thailand, Chumpol Jangprai, the restaurant serves up familiar Thai staples such as Phad Thai Seafood ($11.90), Tom Yum Soup with Mushrooms ($8.90), Basil & Chill Chicken Rice ($11.90), Green Curry Chicken ($11.90) and Pineapple Fried Rice ($11.90).
It also aims to showcase lesser-known Thai delicacies from various parts of Thailand to highlight interesting provincial dishes.
I had the Fresh Prawn Omelette ($8.90), unfortunately this didn’t work well, making me long for Thailand even more.
The entire dish was fried dry till you couldn’t enjoy the fluffiness of the egg, and ingredients of prawns were insignificant.
My friend ask why the Signature Basil Chicken Wings ($8.90) looked that pek pek which meant pale, but I thought it was not too bad. Maybe they just badly needed a tan. Just kidding.
They were of a different style. Not exactly superiorly crisp, but at least the inside was moist and flavourfully marinated. (Reminder: Greyhound Café famous for wings opening at a stone throw away.)
If you are looking for more authentic and spicy Green Curry Chicken ($11.90), you may not find it here. But I found that it was a decent rendition catered to a more mass market, still creamy with chunks of chicken.
Considering this is Paragon Orchard, price point is still friendly. I seriously may prefer this place more than ThaiExpress. Does this make sense?
Basil Thai Kitchen
Paragon #B1-45/46, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Tel: +65 6836 8417
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily