Monday, August 13, 2012

Bite-Size Review: Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant, Hong Kong

So I'd just returned to Hong Kong from a three-day trip in Bangkok and what do I do?  Head straight to Causeway Bay for my fixin' of some spicy Thai, that's what.  Frankly, I don't even see a reason for all the bewildered eye-rollings from well-meaning friends when I tell them of my craving that had charged forth less than 24 hours after I'd landed. Their logic fails to dissuade me - why should I stop eating a nation's signature dishes just because I'd just left it?  Good food is good food, so it doesn't really matter to me where, when, why or how.  And who's to say Hong Kong doesn't have its fair share of super authentic som tum, pad thai and kaeng khiao wan?  My UN appetite knows no geographical bounds.

So off I went to my current favourite haunt for the cuisine from the Land of Smiles that is Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant on the 6th floor of Lee Theatre in Causeway Bay. I'd first seen it a month back when I visited the only other restaurant on that floor - Domon Sapporo Ramen (it's awful, don't waste your time, appetite or money there.)  I remembered being super impressed by the speed in which the Thai restaurant filled up with appreciative patrons (while mine never got beyond serving three tables) and whatever dishes I could only enviously eyeball from where I was sitting looked and smelled fantastic.  And what I had last evening certainly did not disappoint.

Here are some of my dinner highlights:
An extremely spicy green papaya salad with the right amount of sour crunch
Pad Thai - the non egg-wrap version. I was apprehensive when it first appeared, thinking it was going to be all ketchup-y, but it didn't turn out that way at all - thank god.
Roasted duck in red curry with pineapple and
(I must admit, this is a first for me in this dish) lychees
Deep-fried tofu with long beans and basil
Fresh mango slices with black and white glutinous rice, smothered in coconut cream.
Absolutely and truly divine.
Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant - 6/F, Lee Theatre, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Telephone +852 2890 1993
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