We've been on two separate occasions and tried a few of the curries and basil beefs. Everything is very tasty and filling. Service is friendly and you don't have to wait forever for the food. While this is not an authentic Thai place because it's run by Chinese, it's a really good tasty Thai alternative before or after a movie at Silvercity.
I definitely like it here more than the Thai House down the street. Plus they are in the entertainment book, so bonus! =)
Went here with a friend for a late dinner. I ordered the Pad Thai and my friend ordered some salad that had beef strips. When the ordered came, my friend literally had some beef strips over some satay onions, green onions and lettuce only for $12. My pad thai was $14 and it was terrible. Not only was the sauce too sweet and tangy, It remind me of the chicken chilli sauce that you get at T & T. The scallops were the size of mini marshmellows. I was very disappointed and I did not believe that they try to pass this off as authentic Pad Thai. You can judge a restaurant by the staple food that they supposely prepare well. This restaurant failed miserably.
I have been to Green Basil a couple of times. The food is nothing special, just decent. The lunch specials are a pretty good deal. Service is efficient and friendly enough. The restaurant is quite modern and nicely decorated, but the tables are very close together and it gets quite noisy when it's near full house.
Food: Tom Yum Gai was fairly standard. we were surprised to see larb neua on the menu as it's usually omitted or seasonal. it was done right with the spices and lettuce on the side for wraps. we were very happy w/ this dish. we tried the ostrich skewers as we rarely see that on the menu. they were done nicely. gaaeng-ki-ri (yellow curry) was a decent size. but the veggies they posted on the menu and what we actually got were diff't. flavour was still good, we didnt say anything but it was a bit strange. phat bpriaao waan- sweet & sour veggies was ok. overall we were very happy w/ the quality of food. we thought it was better than thai house.
Service: servers greeted and seated us promptly. took our order, filled our glasses, asked if we needed more rice, all in all very well rounded.
Value: use your entertainment book coupon!! i think they sometimes have coupons in the georgia straight too. for the quality and quantity, the value is definitely there. the curry was the most expensive dish we had but for the amount of vegetables and chicken it was definitely more than some other restaurants which seem to serve only sauce.
Ambiance: very clean and tidy. i like the bold colors on the walls. it goes nicely w/ the dark wood. it's tastefully decorated. i would feel comfortable on a date here or even for a casual dinner.
In Vancouver, it's not hard to find good lunch deals. You can definitely count on Green Basil. I used to frequent Thai House for their $6.95 (slightly higher now) lunch deals until their quality started slipping and their food became slightly on the greasy side. Still good, but not what it used to be. Across the street, Green Basil recently opened up.
They offer $6.95 lunch deals including soup, salad and spring roll, but their choices aren't as many as Thai House. Only about 10 choices. Portions are big and service is friendly and fast. Ideal for the quick and cheap lunch. They also offer other lunch specials at a slightly higher price and their soup offering changes occasionally.
In my opinion, this is a better choice for Thai food than Thai House.
This place is great. I've been coming here for years and though I have had better thai food, for the price point and reliablility this is great. We come here for lunch often for the specials. It includes soup, spring roll and an entree and if you have water, with tax and atip you are out for under $10. I spend more at the food court at metrotown sometimes.
Our group of 3 decided to try something more ethnic one evening and decided on the competition across from Metrotown.
Upon entering there was an immediate feeling of westernized influence from the decor. We hoped for the best and picked the usual dishes. The spinach dish with chicken and peanut sauce was gelatinous and excessively oily as was the over-abundance of crushed peanuts found inside the sauce. The green curry had amazing aromatics and taste but was highly salty, even if served over rice. Best made dishes where the pad thai and fried rice which for all purposes are typical of what you'd find elsewhere. We finished off with a somewhat disappointing fried banana with ice cream - note the ice cream was the best part. Prices border on the steep.
Service was fairly informal though timely water top-ups were welcomed.
Overall the food did ok by us but was hardly memorable. Definitely not a place I would feel confident in bringing other dining companions.
I often take associates from other offices here when they are out of town. It is a good middle of hte road fake kinda Thai place. However, the lunch specials are reasonalbly priced and we can each get out for well under ten bucks. No one has ever raved, but no one complains either. It is very reliable, fast and convenient.
Food: had a variety of the curries, pad thai, calamari and satays and everything was generally delicious and definitely better than the majority of thai food I've had in the Lower Mainland.
Service: on and off - they were quick to seat us and take our orders but then disappeared when we needed more water or to add to our orders.
Ambiance: nice but somehow is missing that cozy feel. Clean nonetheless.
Overall, I think I would return for the food and would recommend others to try it as well as it is more authentic than other Thai places.
I took a friend here a few weeks ago and found the food very good, the service prompt and (with a coupon from a local paper) excellent value.
Yesterday, I decided to order in and reached for the take out menu from this restaurant. This time, I found the staff member answering the phone very terse to the point of rudeness. I asked for a simple substitution Iinstead of beef in my stir fry, I wanted Ostrich (which was an option in other menu selections but not for the stir fry for some unknown reason). When asking for the substitution, I advised that I was willing to pay extra for it (as the Ostrich selection in the other dishes came with a small surcharge). I was surprised that, for this substitution, the charge would be almost twice what the charge was on the other dishes. I thought perhaps more product was used (thus justifying the bigger charge).
I received my food and was quite disappointed. I had ordered some of the same items that I enjoyed so much when dining in person. This time, the stir fry was looked thrown together. It was much smaller and there was actually very little meat (the Ostrich which I paid so handsomely for). The dish was about 2/3 the quantity that we received when dining in person.
The Phat Thai was okay - but it didn't have as much seafood as when I dined in person. There was very little peanuts and, again, the quantity was smaller.
Keep in mind - I am paying the same menu prices (without a coupon) and giving teh driver a tip. I would think that I should receive the same quantity and quality as someone dining in.
In any event - like another reviewer said earlier and I have stated in my other reviews - there is a limited amount of disposable income ESPECIALLY WHEN LAYOFFS ARE ON THE HORIZON AND, AT BEST, WAGES ARE FROZEN. My budget allocation for dining will be spent on restaurants that are consistently good - Green Basil is not one of them.
Had lunch here a few times, I have tried the chicken curry,pad thai, as well as some other curries on their lunch specials.
The food itself is only okay. It does not taste authentic at all, and the curry has an extremely small amount of meat in it, that I would just call it vegetarian curry. The pad thai was huge, but mostly tasteless and all noodles.
The Service is pretty good, food always comes out quickly, and they fill up my tea usually before it gets empty. I would say the value is pretty good especially for their lunch specials.
It is pretty clean inside, and looks pretty new.
Recommended only for weekday lunches and if you crave something fast and cheap.
Sometimes too much service is annoying and just an bit away from being a nuisance. Just let the diners dine and be a little less obtrusive. Water was warm, maybe the ice machine was broken. Some items are quite spicey so ice water would be a must. Food was great and portions were more than ample. Calamari appetizer was a little different but still delicious. Bamei Rommitr #43 was excellent as was the Goong Ob Woon San #G3. Prices were reasonable but what the heck jasmine tea should be a comp item not $3.50 for 2 people. Lots of other places to try before returning here.
The lunch specials at $6.95 are a deal. They all come with a salad, spring roll and dip and soup. The downside to this is that they were are quite forgetable. Tiny and tasteless. I'd prefer to pay a few dollars more and get a tastier larger portion.
The main is another matter. The chicken with cashew nuts in hot chili peppers with rice was excellent. Great flavour and spice, fresh and lots of it. Service was very good. They take your order and serve quickly and gave you water and a refil without asking. It's hard to beat for a lunch stop.
We often order takeout from Green Basil for lunch, and will also occasionally eat there. The food they serve is decent quality. I find that it's fairly similar to Thai House across the street, but a bit greasier for certain dishes (green curry chicken, for example). Their lunch special is a great deal, $6.95 for spring roll, soup, main dish and rice. However, I find that the taste is still a bit lacking when compared to Thai House. It's not that far off though, and it's $1 cheaper.
The decor of the place is great. Starting from the incense smell at the entrance, the entire place feels very "Thai". Service is hit and miss. Sometimes the waiter can come off a bit abrupt, but I think they're just pretty busy.
Recommended for occasional lunch visits.
I live in burnaby and am not crazy about the Thai house, I find it too westernized for me, not authentic, so I decided to try Green Basil. I decided to order take-out, I ordered their seasonal veg, and a green curry chicken. It was pretty average at best, nothing special at all, pretty generic I thought. Don't think I'll be back.
Seeing how i put value first rather than food, first in my title, i'll let you know that this place has excellent value, followed by excellent thai food.
I've eaten in and taken out at this place a couple times already and i will say that this place is a gem within the world of cheap eating. not only is it a gem in value, it's also authentic with a dash of contemporary flavor.
I took my girlfriend there a week ago and i will say that the food is still very good from a month ago before that :)... (we can't always visit one restaurant everyday ^^;;)
we ordered a lamb curry, chicken curry, sweet and sour fish and pad thai noodle. noodles were delicious, soft and fresh with lots of yummy ingredients like shrimp (or u can ask for none), and my favorite of the bunch - peanuts sauce!
all of the food came one and followed closely after the other, and all came piping hot and steaming. i have nothing to complain there. taste wise, food was not too salty but instead, leaned towards the sweet and sour side - as with most southern / polynesian islands. (although thailand isn't exactly there yet, more like in-between)
servers were competent and attentive and actually looked like servers and waitresses who knew their stuff - not your usual sexy and racy, inexperienced female waitresses in higher end, horribly valued restaurants.
i always revisit this place from time to time and this time is no exception!
We ordered the Neuua Gae Gaaeng Pha Naeng (lamb with coconut curry). And two lunch specials of Gai Gaaeng Ka-Ri (Chicken with yellow curry) and Gai Gaaeng Kiew Waan (chicken with green curry). The specials came with a vegetable spring roll and soup. They were of good size portions and excellent in flavours. The lamb curry hot pot was an over kill and was taken home for dinner. Cook a little rice and “Vola”… is a bachelor’s instant T. V. dinner for tonight’s Canuck play-off game. Definitely return to Green Basil for dinner. Lots of items on the menu to sample.
Came here after on a Saturday night during the Olympics. The food was okay, liked the look of the place, normally priced food (around 10-17 dollars per entree), decent portion size, and bad service.
Everyone who works here are Chinese and constantly speak Cantonese. Plus everytime someone comes in that looks of Asian descent they seem to try and speak Cantonese to them too. They left the TV on and we stayed a bit longer (10:30 ish) chatting, all the while the waitress was giving my boyfriend dirty looks (no, not the sexual kind).
The restaurant looks clean, liked the decor, the colours. No chipped plates or cups in sight. Did not like the fact that we were so close to another table though.. we were sitting next to some extremely Chinese people.
We were eating with another couple, they ordered a fresh fruit fried rice or something, and what looked like peppered beef or chicken. They said it was decent, nothing to brag about. The boyfriend had a yellow curry with a side of rice, said it was just okay. I had the phak vegetable tom yum soup.. which was okay. It just had lots of random vegetable pieces floating around in it (a snowpea, a tomato, cabbage, etc). I also had the phak vegetable lettuce wrap. I'm used to the Chinese version of this.. so it's different for me. First time I ordered a "Thai" lettuce wrap, I liked it. Tasted good, ingredients looked fresh. I would order it again since the lettuce wrap normally doesn't have a vegetarian option to it, nice change.
Anyways, I might come back for a lunch, seeing their lunch special. I wouldn't especially recommend it, but it's not horrid either.
Order a stir-fry with chicken and green curry. Green curry was very mild and average quality. I have had much better curry. The stir-fry was also very average. The decor was nice but food was not good. It bit expensive for what they give you. I would not go back. Both my gf and I were not happy with the food. Try some other place
I first went there during the time when they first opened. Food was great everything good.
However things seemed to have changed. After going back several times for dinner, the dishes weren't as delicious as before. There is a lot of MSG as I was feeling very thirsty afterwards (however I didn't encounter this problem the first time I went there).
The lunch special is nice. At $6.95 for a dish, the price is good. Beats eating at the food court. I would go back only for the lunch special.
The atomsphere there is good. Nice decor all around. Good location but parking on the side of the restaurant can be a pain because it is metered parking unless you are willing to park across the street in the mall and walk across.