Traffic has horrible that we got there an hour after our agreed meeting time. Good thing, we still managed to get a table despite not being able to reserve ahead of time. The restaurant was packed and parking was very limited but thankfully it went smoothly for us.
We browsed through the menu and called out dishes that we would like to try. Our first unanimous choice was the Pork Ribs with Honey (Php. 235) which unfortunately wasn't available that evening. L suggested we go with the Spicy Wagyu Ribs (Php. 355) instead which was also highly recommended by our server. I'm glad we ordered this as it was soooo good! No hint of spiciness and the beef was just so flavorful! The meat was fork-tender and we all enjoyed scooping up the sauce to drizzle over our rice. The serving was quite small as I guess it's intended to be shared by two but since we had more dishes, we were able to share this among the four of us.
Our next dish was also highly recommended by the server -- Fish with Three Flavor Sauce (Php. 750). To be honest, we were a bit hesitant as it's one of the two most expensive dishes in the menu but trusting our server and hoping that she wasn't just recommending this because of the price, we ordered with it and prayed that it will be worth the expensive price tag.
We were initially planning to just order the three dishes mentioned above however the server once again recommended that we get another dish as three dishes for four hungry diners does not seem to be enough. We took her word again and after going over the menu, she mentioned that their Pad Thai (Php. 325) was worth trying. It took us a while to say yes to this knowing that we will have our fill of carbs with the Thai Bagoong Rice. I initially wanted to try an appetizer but eventually gave in as she sounded really proud of their Pad Thai.
I'm a fan of Pad Thai and this was the main reason why my sister and I spent almost every meal in Bangkok eating this noodle dish. For me, a good Pad Thai lies on the quality of the noodles. If the Italians want their pasta al dente, the authentic Pad Thai noodle should also have a good bite. Not too hard and chewy nor should it be slimey or mushy. It should have a good hold that will still allow you to chew on it. The bean sprouts have to be fresh and crunchy and it should have a good amount of shrimps, eggs and nuts too.
So how did Basil's Pad Thai fare?
We wanted to get dessert but there were just three choices available -- Sticky Rice with Mango, Sherbets/Ice Cream and Thai Halo Halo. Wish they have my favorite Tako which is a gelatin-like dessert with sweet corn kernel and coconut cream delicately wrapped in banana leaf. None appealed to us thus we decided to just have coffee across the street.
Our first Basil experience was superb. Service was great despite the place filled with customers. I appreciated the recommendations given by our server and the food was delicious! Next time though, I'm skipping the Pad Thai and will just try something else.
Basil is located at the corner of White Plains and Katipunan Avenues. It's across Corinthian Hills in Quezon City. Call them at 911-4158.