We descended upon Basil in the Short North during a deluge that soaked two of our party. Nonetheless, we made the most of this Columbus institution serving up delicious “authentic family-inspired Thai cuisine”. It did not disappoint. Our server Nick made sure we were well-taken care of and went out of his way to make sure we were getting the best vegan food. And there was much to choose from and to please.
The space is well-worn but warm and open. The menu has many vegan options clearly marked. Just make sure to specify you want it vegan, since some are vegan by request. The fried tofu does not say it is vegan optional, and while Nick thought it might be by itself, he said it might be fried with other non-vegan foods, so it
would be a good idea to ask about this one.
The Tempura Sweet Potato Fries came out first and were a hit. The batter gave the yummy fries a lighter taste and were accompanied by a clear sweet and sour
sauce, which gave some flavor to the mild spuds.
The Fresh Rolls were very fresh and healthy-tasting. Raw veggies, noodles, and tofu in a rice wrap served cold with a hoisin sauce made for a good additional appetizer to our feast. A hint of mint made it even more interesting.
Next up was the Tom Ka soup, which was a round-table favorite. The coconut base provided a richness and creaminess that was balanced by the very flavorful lime,
lemongrass, cilantro, and something called galangal root. Creamy and tangy. Straw mushrooms, onions, cabbage, corn, bok choy, and broccoli completed the flavor
burst and left us all satisfied and looking for more. Which we had. Brown rice went around the table and we used it as an base for the rest of the meal.
The Grilled Vegetable Salad was a hit. It was simply delicious. The grilled flavor of onions, peppers, napa cabbage, bok choy, sweet potatoes, carrots, tofu,
and peanuts in a tasty chili lime sauce was unexpectedly a winner.
The Pad Thai was likewise a flavorful, filling rendition of that beloved dish. The rice noodles were done just right and bean sprouts, green onions, peanuts,
fresh grated carrot and cilantro with a sweet Thai sauce rounded it out.
Finally we got to the Yellow Curry and reveled in yet another captivating flavor. Tofu in yellow coconut curry with sweet potatoes and green onions created a
filling and fulfilling end to our meal.
Between the numerous vegan options, the delicious tastes, large portions, and reasonable prices, we will definitely be back. Oh, and they have a new lunch buffet,
which sounds amazing. Ask ahead to see if they have vegan options.