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February 20, 2013 / foodradar

Red Basil Thai Bistro

Yellow Chicken Curry with Fried Rice

Red Basil Thai Bistro

Red Basil Thai Bistro

From Ogden down to Provo there are 81 Thai restaurants to choose from.  I feel fortunate to have found this place.  Located just East of Village Baker in Sandy, this place is a real find for those seeking not only great tasting Thai food, but also a great lunch time value.  I ordered the lunch special and paid just $7 dollars.  By the time I was done with my meal, I could barely walk due to so much food.  But it was a good problem to have, the food was awesome!

Uhm This Soup was awesome

Uhm This Soup was awesome

When I got this soup, it reminded me of something that Charlie Button’s family would have made before he got the golden ticket.  It was clear, with a few cilantro leaves floating around, with some thin slices of potato on the inside.  It was definitely simple, but tasted amazing.  Very light, not much too it.  I think they snuck some lemon or lime in there as well.  I absolutely loved it, and the size was just right.  If you are worried about not getting enough food at this point, don’t be.  You have a king size platter of yummy that is coming out to you.

Yellow Chicken Curry with Fried Rice

Yellow Chicken Curry with Fried Rice

Each lunch special comes with your choice of steamed rice, chowmein, or fried rice.  Your choice of entrée, your choice of soup or salad and meat fried wontons.  I went with the Yellow Curry Chicken, but you could also choose BBQ Chicken, Pad Ka Prow Pork, Sweet and Sour Pork, Ginger Chicken, Green Curry Chicken, Massaman Curry Beef, Garlic and Pepper Chicken, Beef Broccoli, or Red Curry Chicken.

I really loved this dish.  First of all, the fried rice was amazing, some of the best I’ve had anywhere.  The Yellow Curry chicken had enough sauce, that I could take spoonfuls of fried rice and dip it in the curry sauce.  Delicious!  The chicken itself was as good as anywhere around.  I don’t consider myself an expert on Thai food, but I think this place has to be near the top of the heap.  The only thing I couldn’t figure out were the triangle meat fried wontons.  They didn’t do much for me, but the spicy sweet sauce made them taste better.

The service here was second to none.  I never had to ask for my water to be topped off, and the owner came out and made sure everything was okay with my plate.  In hindsight I probably should have left the remaining bites on my plate because I was full way before I finished.  The food was too good though.  When I got back to the office, my full stomach coupled with the fact the building was like 80 degrees, I really had to divert all backup energy to digestion and staying awake.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t get a lot of work done that afternoon.

Red Basil Thai Bistro is a must stop for the Thai food lover, or just someone looking for a great lunch special.

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