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Thai Basil

1215 Thurlow St
Vancouver, BC V6E1X4
Tel: (604) 685-6754
Fax: (604) 685-8410
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 9:30PM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 10PM, Sun: 12PM - 9PM
  • Thai restaurant around on Thurlow and Davie. Small but well-executed menu of Thai classics. Family business with Thai chef -- replaced a Korean-operated sushi place in that spot.

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I'm definitely here for the food...
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

This is the place to come for authentic Pad Kaprow and Pad Kee Mao, hands down the best I've had since my last visit to Thailand. I can confidently say no other Thai place in the city comes close to their authentic spices and flavours this place uses. Everywhere else is Canadianized but Thai Basil retained its true Thai flavours, without numbing down my Pad Kee Mao, I bit into peppercorns, Thai holy basil and noodles made perfectly. I have yet to try the curries or other rice/noodle dishes but you can bet your last $ I'm gonna. In fact, Monday I am returning for lunch and possibly Wednesday and Friday again. I heart Thai food and I am glad I found this place! The room is really small so don't come with a large group, their take out is efficient. The service was friendly and you can tell they remember and appreciate their regulars and I plan to become one very soon.

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Long Time Neighbourhood Favourite
By King_of_Kitsilano of My Beautiful Kitsilano (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

This classic HITW is often packed with neighbourhood residents and staff from nearby St Paul's Hospital and with good reason it's the Best Deal 'n the hood by a large margin.

I used to work nearby once a week and always took my lunch here the specials offer some outstanding deals and if it's sometime a tad cramped the sunny service makes up for any shortcomings.

My latest lunch there was at least as good as any I've ever had this location has something the Kits operation-which is closer to my house-can't match.

Highly Recommended.

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Thai the way it's supposed to be done
By frenchie75 of White Rock (37 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

My husband and I lived in Toronto for many years and enjoyed the accessibility to many ethnic foods and restaurants. Vancouver is superior in so many ways to the big TO, but still lacks the availabiilty a lot of inexpensive exotic cuisine. Finding Thai food that was exceptional was very easy to do in TO, but seems more difficult to do here for some reason. I do a lot of my own Thai cooking since it's a lot of fun to play around with the combination of flavours the Thai are so famous for. Thai Basil is the real deal.... at least to my palate. They are not a fusion or Chinese version of Thai.... neither which seem to find the right balance of sweet/sour/hot/salty. Pretty much everything we've ordered has been absolutely lovely, both in flavour and in presentation. When you are presented with a steaming hot and colourful dish of noodles or curry that is so fragrant your taste buds start to ache from anticipation..... you know it's good food. There is very little seating here but it's a shame not to sit down to eat in since they bring the food to you so nicely plated with all the beautiful and vibrant colours of the vegetables and herbs. We usually do take out though since it's usually more convenient. Takeout for the most part is very quick and they take credit cards, so that is a bonus if you don't carry cash.

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Authentic Thai food
By P105 of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 12:37am [Dine in]

I work near this restaurant and have not been disappointed yet. I usually do take away.
I usually order the green curry chicken and its delicious and cheap! ($7 including tax)
Pad thai is also delicious, not too saucy ($8 including tax)
When I've been in for lunch specials, they're quick and have large portions for very reasonable prices ($8)
Staff is friendly. I also believe that the chef is actually Thai and not Chinese! I hear them speaking Thai to one another in the back.
Highly recommended, probably one of the best Thai restaurants out of Vancouver

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Cheap, Busy Thai Restaurant
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

Decent restaurant at Davie. The 9.95 combo is not really worth it - the salad is just a few pieces of lettuce. The appetizers were not that great either and overpriced.

However, the main curry/noodle/entree dishes are OK. The serving ratio of eggplant to meat in my curry was almost comical, but it was a good meal. I would rate the restaurant higher, but there are so many good alternatives close by on Davie street that I would not come here again. If you want Thai food and can get a table (it is busy and has limited seating space, not even sure if it has a washroom) then for all means stop by.

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Another Hit & Miss Thai Resaturant
By Gaycanuck of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I'm not really sure how to review a restaurant like this one. It was so hit & miss I am at a loss. My buddy loves this place and I had all but given up on the whole Thai experience in Vancouver as all the Thai restaurants I have eaten at were awful, quite frankly. So my meal at this one was confusing. FIRST THE GOOD NEWS. The Prawns in Won-ton were spectacular, light and delicious. BUT the BAD NEWS the fishcakes they served me were abolutely disgusting. The were soaked in oil, with a rubbery/spongy texture. The flavour was foul. What a total gross-out. I am soooooooo disappointed with all the crappy Asian restaruants here in Vancouver. They need to remove this item from their menu. My buddy liked his Pad-Thai noodles so it wasn't a total bummer. BUT STEER CLEAR OF THE NASTY FISHCAKES!!!

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A nice Thai takeout or eat-in place
By coconutfan of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I got a Pad Thai for takeout yesterday from Thai Basil. It was about $8, which is inexpensive but the portions are smaller. Overall, their prices are decent with dishes mostly under $10. The Pad Thai was solid as well and comparable to the other Thai restaurants on Davie. If you're looking for some Thai takeout on Davie, this would be a good place along with Thai Away From Home which is about 2 blocks away.

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Gem of Davie Village
By bigmamadcc of Burnaby North (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I was in to grab a quick lunch last thursday and had green curry combo and Thai iced tea.

The server was well-mannered and greeted everyone with brightest smiles; the meal was delivered to my table within 10 minutes of order and I would say it worths the money.

I think the restaurant is there competing with Thai Away Home, another small Thai eatery just 2 blocks away (they have very similar menu), obviously Thai Basil has the upper hand with lower price and of course tastier foods.

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Cheap, tasty thai
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

Way better than thai house, and a lot cheaper... love the pad thai, yellow curry, pumpkin with beef and green curry with chickena and eggplant... the curries have a very distinct, pleasant taste, a little spicy but definately bearable.. the spring rolls are a little bland and greasy.. My family loves getting take-out from here.. About $30.00 for four.

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Absolutely the worst
By C4_rz of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 7:15pm [Take-out]

Neighborhood thai spot closest to home- never consistent in quality of food. I always order the same thing and tonight was by far the most disapointed. Give you guys a couple trys after the first disapointment to see if it was just an off night. Obviously this is what the quality their known for. Dislike. Never returning. The Pad Thai noodles were a clump of sticky noodles with hardly any flavour, the size of your tofu is ridiculous and the panang was thick as gravy and only sauce with lumpy pieces of chicken. Worst in the city- and I LOVE thai food. Hope you guys tell your lazy chef to get a new job or im not going to be the only person complaining. Good luck to you.

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Favourite Lunch Spot
By YummydansleTummy of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant is my favourite place on Davie (and Robson) to go for lunch. The food is really yummy and very cheap. Lunch combos are just $6.95. With that you get salad with a nice sweet dressing (can't figure out what it is, but I love it and don't usually like salad), rice, and a choice of a curry, stir-fry, etc (options for beef, chicken or tofu).

My favourite is the green curry. Lovely flavour, nice and coconutty. I also like the yellow curry and everyone loves the pad thai. (One suggestion if you want more meatiness is in your pad thai is to subsititute chicken for the prawn. Some people complain that it only comes with one or two prawns, but for $6.95, what do they expect?!) The curries come with a good amount of meat. Other dishes friends seem to like are the red curry, swimming rama, and chicken with cashew nuts.

The service is friendly, the place is clean, and the food is great. Just keep in mind that it's a tiny restaurant, with about 12 seats inside? Take away is always an option. Definitely recommended (but please don't go at noon because then I might not be able to get a seat!).

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A Favorite
By msem of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

I work just blocks away from here and with their lunch menu and cuisine, I come here very often. I haven't been disappointed with any dishes I have gotten, my favorites are the Japanese eggplant (with beef), the pad see iw and the chicken satay. I especially recommend the lunch specials if you can make it, it's a very good value and great food (especially in comparison to the other Asian restaurants).

The service is very friendly. They are always pleasant and very patient. It's not a very big place at all, it's more of a take-out place but it looks well put and clean.

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Definitely reasonable pricing
By bbtlover of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 12:43am [Dine in]

Their food provides a variety of flavours: sweet, sour, spicy and etc. Definitely recommend the Pad Thai since they use this homemade sauce that is not too sweet nor too sour.

Some people may feel that the service is not too well, but we should understand that they do not have too many people working, there are two people at most and seeing them walking back and forth, cleaning tables and writing down phone orders, it is clearly shows that they don't even have enough time to stop. Therefore, there is almost no time for them to go to each table and ask them how the food was etc.

As I have read the first review, it stated that 1.50 was too expensive for a small bowl of rice. Well I personally disagree to that since at other restaurants, although they provide rice, it still costs more than the price of a curry and a rice added together at Thai Basil. Not providing rice just gives us a choice whether we want rice with our curry or if we already have rice at home and all we need is the curry. As many of us may already know, prices are raising up everywhere, even at food courts. If we were to look at the price of their food, it is even cheaper than the food we buy from food courts or in any other places.

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Worth a Try...I guess
By goingdutch of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

I've been 3 times to Thai Basil and have enjoyed the experience each time. Food is good, service was fast and friendly. The last time I did notice, however, the stinginess of the meat for the curry dish. There was hardly any, mostly veggies. Flavour was good. It is worth a try, and even more so with an entertainment coupon. Always greeted with a smile and accomodating feel by the servers. Water was refilled fast and without being intrusive and leftovers promptly packed.

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Nice addition to the neighbourhood
By sblessley of Vancouver West End (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Davie Village is awash with Japanese restaurants (Samurai around the corner from this place is excellent) but no Thai or southeast Asian places save for Kam's (ugh... read the reviews here). So this is a welcome addition. Plus, it replaced a mediocre sushi joint... there were already plenty of mediocre sushi joints around.

It's a tiny place -- maybe 5 tables indoors plus a couple outside. The chef is Thai; lack of pork on the menu suggests someone from the south of the Land of Smiles, but that's just speculation.

It is "Thai comfort food" for those who have spent time in the Kingdom. The heat is toned down to Canadian tastes, but they will flavour it to order, and provide spicy fish sauce ("prik naam plaa") even with takeout. The set-of-four condiments always found in Thai restaurants (I used to know the name for this set!) in Thailand is always at the ready on the counter by the Cashier station. I ordered a "kee mao" dish (this is a class of Thai food often served in bars, and it is generally spicy to begin with) and order it "Thai medium", and I was afraid the smoke alarm was going to go off in the place. Tasty, though.

Give this place a shot. It's just around the corner (west side of Thurlow, just south of Davie). They're in their infancy, restaurant-wise, and Davie Village's collective palette needs them to succeed! If you like it, write 'em up here. If you don't like it, well, try again or at least provide some feedback so they can serve us better.

A couple of dishes we've enjoyed repeatedly: the Red Currey with Pumpkin (nice sweet edge to a traditionally hot dish), tom kaa gai (chicken/galanga soup).

One bitch: $1.50 is a lot for a small bowl of rice. But hey, prices are quite reasonable otherwise, and restaurants have to make a buck somewhere (most of the profit in restaurants come from drinks)

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yawn
By meeee of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

How hard is it to get one order correct when I was the only one ordering?
I ordered a salad beef salad( 6) and simply asked for no tomatoes. I don't like them, I never want them., she told me that they would replace them with a greater amount of other salad ingredients.. Half of the $7 dollar salad was one tomato. There was some tasty beef, but carbs cost extra. A$9 meal that when finished left me hungry. No value. They cater to the Youth Hostel young people passing through the city
The response to my inquiry... Sorry :)'

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