Let me try to contextualize this for you: we visited Saigon Basil on a Saturday evening at 7PM, and the restaurant was empty. Completely. I was really confused, but stuck to my guns…
Saigon Basil is an impossibly small Vietnamese-Thai fast food joint with an impossibly smaller parking lot that’s ideal if you’re looking for inexpensive takeout food, determined because 1) they deliver and 2) lots of people came in over the course of our meal to pick up food, answering some of the questions raging inside my head.
I don’t think there’s a single item on the menu that’s over $10, but the price means some quality is definitely sacrificed, and I have to question that quality.
The first sign of this was when the food arrived in plastic containers, by which I mean Styrofoam plates that looked like cafeteria trays. But first impressions can be misleading, right?
Second sign was when the food arrived unreasonably fast (5-7 mins max), leaving me to wonder what percentage of our meal was pre-prepared.
I don’t have a firm aversion to frozen food, because it makes sense in some situations, but there’s definitely and obviously a problem if you can taste it so easily!
I think Saigon Basil was aiming for that traditional, classic spicy ginger dressing that lots of Asian restaurants toss their salads in, but they missed. It wasn’t spicy at all, just lingering with memories of ginger flavor. Sigh.
Ultimately, our visit here was disappointing and the place is ordinary, from their foods all the way down to the decor. I’ve had better Thai and Vietnamese food for a lower or at least, similar price.
However, if you tend to have slightly lower standards for food and just want some delivery takeout, this place is a tempting option…