On a blistery Saturday afternoon, while Andrea and I are apartment hunting we deciding to get some lunch. Thai Basil catches Andrea’s eye, it is nestled next to an Office Depot barely noticeable from Chapman Ave. We pull into the plaza were I still haven’t spotted this place and then boom! It looks like a small hole in the wall Thai place, which is exciting but worrisome. Without checking the usual sites about reviews on this place we just go for it. With our experience lately with Thai, it looked like luck might be on our side. As we walk up to the front door we can see some people seated inside. Once inside my mind was blown. I assume it was a lot smaller than what I was looking at! Plus it was busy for 2:00 PM on a Saturday. We are seated at a booth which was roomy and that’s tough because I am larger… if you know who I am. We know right away without looking at the menu we want Tom Yum Gai (a spicy chicken soup with lemongrass). Next we want to share an appetizer we go for the Fried Wontons. We laugh at what the menu says about the wontons. The menu states: Shrimp & Chicken wrapped in a wonton skin and deep fried to perfection. The last thing we want to order is Pad Thai (a fried rice noodle). At this point we are ready to order. The waitress comes and takes our order. Within a few minutes we get our Tom Yum Gai
Wow this takes me back to the moment I first had Tom Yum Gai in San Francisco. As you can see it came in a bowl that was still heated by a gel underneath the bowl. The taste of lemongrass the spiciness is so delicious I could eat this every day! The bowl was $6.95 and we took some home! Next in line was the Fried Wontons. Remember the menu states that they are fried to perfection? Well they were!
These wontons may have ruined all other wontons out there! The wonton skin was thin and was FRIED TO PERFECTION! The meat inside is so good! To dip in their sweet & sour sauce and take a bite, best wonton ever! And I have had my share of wontons!
The thin rice noodle is perfect not too thin and not too thick. I actually enjoyed the noodle I usually prefer the thicker noodles. We had pork with the noodles; this pork was tender and juicy with the noodles. At this point I feel I may have found my new favorite Thai restaurant in Orange County. That statement weighs a lot cause Orange County is host of some really good Thai Restaurants.
Now my opinion I give it PALS must go. The prices are reasonable, plus we had a lot of food to take home. We got out of there paying less than $30.00 for two people and that was also with a Thai Tea and a soda! The restaurant was clean and the wait service was good. Décor I can’t talk much about that cause my mind was on the food and not the décor! Only downfall is location. It may be a little hard to locate, but if you are looking for you will find it.
Thai Basil Restaurant
2431 E. Chapman Ave. Fullerton, CA 92831 (next to the Office Depot)
Open 7 days a week 11:00AM-10:00 PM
Website: Click here