Thai >Basil Thai
1175 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.775455 -122.409289
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:45pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri 11:30am-2:45pm, 5pm-10:15pm
Neighborhoods: Central East, SoMa (South of Market), SoMa
What sets this Thai restaurant apart is its stylish interior crafted by co-owner Todd Sirimongkolvit, an architecture student at UC Berkeley. The wall between the restaurant and the building next door has been opened up with floor-to-ceiling glass bricks, and the large expanses have been broken up with yellow columns. The concrete-topped bar is backed with a midnight-blue wall; the same color is picked up on the glass shades of arched chrome wall sconces on the opposite wall. White tablecloths covered with white paper, bistro-style chairs, a dark wood floor and huge flower arrangements at the door complete the modern look.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Good Thai food is not hard to come by in SF; good upscale Thai food--the sort to impress those out-of-state visitors who expect such things in the city--is. Challenging the high-end Thai hegemony currently held by the Osha empire is this Folsom restaurant, stunning in it's modern decor and appetizing in its affordable, authentic Thai cuisine. The airy, minimalist eatery is anchored by a glass brick wall that lets lunchtime crowds bathe in afternoon light while dining on specials of grilled chicken with papaya salad, yellow curry and rice or pan-fried noodles. Dinner is frequently less crowded but no less enjoyable--dishes like chicken wok-fried with the namesake basil, roast duck curry and minced shrimp-and-pork dumplings are palatable for sensitive American palates without losing the bold flavors typical of Thai cuisine. To further enjoy the atmosphere, and perhaps further impress those visitors, stay after dinner and take advantage of the space's full bar.
One of the worst meals ever – I don't think I've been to a restaurant this bad in a long time. The skirt steak with peanut sauce arrived cold. The meat was charred (ordered medium) and the peanut sauce was a goopy mess.
Other food on our table was similarly bad.
Unimpressive food, bad service – Lacking in flavor and authenticity. They bring out shrimp chips when you sit down, which was tacky. Unless they are for kids, shrimp chips are really only good as a garnish. Our appetizer, the corn and bean cake fritters, was tasteless and cold. I ordered vegetables in green curry for my entree. The curry should permeate the vegetables and provide rich flavor when it's done right, but these vegetables were tasteless. Even worse, the curry did not contain the spices typically found in curry--it was more like sauce with lots of pepper. Worst of all, however, was the service. When you go to an American restaurant, the waiters don't take away your bread basket. These guys wanted to take away the shrimp chips after we ordered. Also, we had a lot of leftovers at the end of the meal, and the waiter never asked us if we wanted a box, just started gathering the dishes without a word. When we informed him that we wanted to take the leftovers home, I mentioned that I wanted to bring my rice as well. The rice never ended up in my box. Avoid this place. There are much better Thai places in the city, like Narin on Clement.
great music, great food – My husband and I just went and really enjoyed it. They have a jazz trio that plays on Monday nights which was a total surprise especially when many restaurants are closed on Mondays. We loved the corn bean cakes for an appetizer. I had the pad see ew which was great but my very-picky-Thai-eater husband had the lamb curry and though he said it could've been spicier, it didn't stop him from wolfing down the whole thing. We parked easily one block away. And then continued on to the Metreon for a movie. Great night!
Very tasty and pretty cozy setting – We were a group of six and sat in the end of the restaurant. The food was very flavorful, tasty and the services was great. I will definitely go back there.
mouth watering – SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD. Great food good service, decent bill. What more could you ask for.Except maybe making parking a bti easier but hey its San Francisco, I'll walk anywhere for good food
Bargain Thai without sacrificing ambience – Living and eating in SoMa can definitely be a challenge on your wallet. Luckily with restaurants like Basil, you can have your dinner date and not break the bank. The best part about this place is that although their prices are low, their service, quality and atmosphere are not. Their flavors are great...and their menu is pretty extensive so you're never at a lack of options.
Great Thai food and value – Basil is a true find. We had outstanding prawn appetizers, egg plant satay, mushroom on fresh spinach salad and duck in red curry sauce with no wait early on a Sunday evening. It is within walking distance of MOMA, Moscone Center and the Civic Center with lots of on street parking too. Our total bill for a filling and most satisfying meal for two was under $40 before tax. Given the high quality of the food, the prices are hard to beat. Highly recommended.
explores the young & hip side of Thai – The food here is indeed very "Thai" but offers a sort of younger, fresher, more hip twist to it rather than the usual traditional. The menu is extremely extensive and you will find many unique dishes not offered in other Thai restaurants. Which makes this a very fun place if you like to venture away from the expected dishes and try something new. We sampled quite a few different dishes and noticed they they are very 'potent' in flavor, sometimes a bit overwhelming, and definately on the sweet side. The only dish we were not crazy about was the Pad Thai which was too sweet. The green curry sauce used in a few dishes was very yummy and tantalizing but again quite 'potent' and best reserved for sharing as you might get tired of the strong flavors.
The BEST catfish! – Highly Recommended: the 'catfish sautéed in kaffir red curry paste' - yummmm... the best catfish I have EVER eaten in ANY thai restaurant!
The service is very friendly, and has helpful suggestions.
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