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It’s Tuesday…..A Tampa Bay Tuesday as a matter of fact!
I’ll be reviewing a local restaurant in the Tampa Bay area.
For those of you vacationing in the Tampa area, or…… for those of you who live in the Tampa Bay area and are looking for a restaurant with “healthy options” on their menu, this is for YOU!
Today, I’m reviewing ………. Thai Sweet Basil.
A Traditional “Thai Cuisine” restaurant, that is located in the Northdale – Carollwood section of Tampa.
#ThaiSweetBasil is located at 3875 Northdale Blvd, across from Whole Foods.
The restaurant is owned by “Ally,” who came to America 6 years ago. With a lifetime of cooking traditional Thai cuisine experience, Ally wanted to open her own “Thai” restaurant, to give the Tampa Bay area a place to go for delicious, traditional Thai food.
Thai Sweet Basil won’t disappoint!
The decor is nothing to print a magazine article about. But…I wasn’t there to review the decor. I was there to review the food!
As soon as I was seated, Ally came over to my table and asked me if I had ever eaten at Thai Sweet Basil before. I told her it was my first time there and that I was excited to taste “traditional Thai” cuisine.
I started with a cup of Tom Yum Goong Soup with Shrimp.
The cup had a wonderful aroma, and I immediately saw fresh Basil.
With mushrooms, Lemon grass, sweet shrimp and a delicate blend of fresh herbs and spices, the soup was a pleasant surprise.
The Tom Yum Goong Soup would be “bland” without the delicious herbs & spices.
At $4.00 for a cup of the soup, it was delicious and reasonably priced.
I then tried the Pad Thai, which is an entree with thin, rice noodles, fresh scallions, eggs, ground peanuts and a flavorful “Tamarin” sauce.
Next was the Red Curry with Chicken.
The chicken was grilled, cooked to perfection and covered in a delicious red curry sauce. The entree comes with bamboo shoots, bell peppers in a coconut milk based sauce. Fresh Basil finishes off this yummy entree.
I LOVE curry, and this item hits the mark!
My server asked me how I wanted the entree prepared…..
mild, hot, very hot or volcanic hot!
I LOVED that!
I asked for “mild” temperature and that’s exactly what I received.
What I LOVE about Thai Sweet Basil, is the fresh herbs and ingredients they use. All items are made “to order,” and they use FRESH herbs daily!
What’s the difference between Herbs & Spices you ask??
Herbs come from the green, leafy part of the plant. That Basil Leaf that was on my Red Curry and in my soup, was a fresh, green leaf with the most beautiful aroma.
Spices come from many different parts of the plant.
They can come from the root of the plant, the stem, the seed, flower….. or even teh Bark of the tree or plant.
Spices are usually dried.
Coriander is the seed of the plant, which is sold as “ground” coriander or….as a whole seed.
Dried and whole spices hold their flavor longer than herbs.
Fresh herbs are best to serve the same day.
For the Delicious flavor and aroma of all the items I tried, along with the superior attention I received from the staff….
Thai Sweet Basil gets a huge “3 Avocados.”
Congratulations! Well deserved!
Thai Sweet Basil hours of business are:
LUNCH – Monday through Saturday – 11:00am – 2:30pm
DINNER – Monday thru Saturday 4:30pm – 9:30pm
SUNDAY they are open from 3:00pm – 8:30pm
Check out Thai Sweet Basil menu here:
You can dine-in or take out at Thai Sweet Basil.
They do an “extensive” take out business using the “Amazon Restaurant” app.
Download the Amazon Restaurant App and order your Dinner from Thai Sweet Basil tonight!
Thai Sweet Basil has over “80” items to choose from on their delicious menu.
Whether you’re looking for fresh fish, Duck, vegitarian entrees, chicken, beef or pork entrees, Thai Sweet Basil will suit your needs!
If you’re visiting the Tampa Bay area, be sure to check out Thai Sweet Basil. You’ll have a Delicious meal at a reasonable price for everyone in your family.
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