An epicurean journey through Thailand
Serving up four regional Thai cuisines—northern, northeastern, central, and southern—Basil showcases each region’s own distinct flavours and specialities through a lush array of authentic culinary creations. With its regional set menus for two (price ranges from B3,200-3,800), the restaurant lets you take a mouthwatering journey to a specific region, savouring all its unique tastes and tangs. Alternatively, you may also order from the à la carte menu, where you can select from a wide variety of long-standing menu favourites. An ode to the vibrant Thai culture and its cooking styles, each dish is carefully curated by Chef Kesinee and her team and made with exquisite ingredients.
Located in the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit hotel, Basil is a vast, modern restaurant that houses sleek dark wood tables alongside mixed coloured chairs and couches in orange, yellow and red. The warm colours and the simplicity of the restaurant adds a sense of modern elegance to the décor. The moment you step in, you are greeted by welcoming staff and treated to a complimentary appetizer, miang kham, which are leaf-wrapped salad bites filled with ginger, lime, red onions, dried shrimps, peanuts, and a tamarind sauce.
A star on the northeastern menu, Koy tuna (B430) is a fresh take on spicy tuna tartare as it is made Isaan-style. It is a light starter with a burst of complex flavours as the fresh sashimi tuna is mixed with toasted rice powder, mint, lime and lemongrass. Representing central Bangkok, the Yum som o tohu (B390) is a must-try. On top of the shredded pomelo and crunchy water chestnut salad, you may also add prawns for an extra texture element to this delicious appetizer. Another highlight is the Sarong (B460), which involves deep-fried marinated prawns wrapped in golden crisp egg noodles.
As for mains, try Salmon yang takrai (B480) and enjoy the subtle fragrance of lemongrass in this grilled salmon. For crunchy, luscious bites of seafood, Poo nim klook nga thord (B440) would make a delightful main to share. Deep-fried with sesame seeds and served with a sweet tamarind sauce, the soft-shell crab remains moist and juicy within. The dishes are best paired with a refreshing Lychee mojito (B330).
When you order from one of the restaurant’s set menus, it is impossible to miss out on sweets as a grand dessert trolley comes by and tempts you with a delectable selection of treats. The Khao niew mamuang (B300), mango and sticky rice, is a Thai classic but Basil adds a unique touch to it by infusing the scent of Jasmine into their rice. Meanwhile the Crème brûlée mapraow orn (B300) is beautifully presented in a coconut halfshell, where you can savour the creamy custard with the silky smooth white coconut flesh. by Anne Wong
1F, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
250 Sukhumvit Rd.
Tel: 02 649 8366
Open daily: 6pm-10:30pm,
Lunch: Mon-Fri, 12pm-2:30pm