Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Holy Basil, Canley Heights - Sydney

With all my addiction to Korean food last month,
Thai dishes from Holy Basil

..this superb Thai feast reminds me about how and why I love Thai cuisine.

Holy Basil is one of the most talked restaurants in Sydney, and with a branch only one suburb away, I couldn't delay this visit any longer, could I?

The restaurant is spacious, bright, and full of Thai decorations. The interior is dainty, exotic and heart-warming in a way. It was a windy day when the family and I came, so the attentive manager offered to close the huge windows which actually provide nice natural light. I just love natural light when I'm taking photos, it's the best.


The interior seating has one big table in the middle, and some smaller ones circling it. On the further side, it's the open kitchen, with racks of bottled drinks. The service is really friendly, and they seem to have enough staff to accommodate the packed restaurant. The menu is clear and succinct, and even just by looking at it I could tell that I'm gonna have a terrific Thai feast that day.

Clockwise from top left: lanterns, mortar and pestle decoration, menu

Young coconut juice is light and refreshing, although I've had better in Indo. It's great in windy weather, and definitely will be enjoyed better in warm days.

Young coconut juice

Appetizers are covered by two delicious bite-sized dishes. Lao style sausages (grilled pork sausage) are the definition of moreish on its own, even better with the tangy dipping sauce.

Lao sausages - $10.9

It was my first time trying ox tongue, and I wouldn't mind having it again only if they're cooked this perfectly. It sure has the typical chewiness of tongue, but it's grilled and sliced nicely and so full of delicious flavour. Again, the dipping sauce makes it even better.

Ox tongue - $10.9

Moving on to the mains, here goes my fav Thai dishes ever: pad thai. I usually order one with pork, but this one was ordered with chicken. It covers every requirements of pad thai: perfectly cooked thin noodles, adequately tangy and sweet, with perfect amount of beansprouts and crushed peanuts.

Chicken pad thai - $10.9

Red curry with chicken finds its soul mate in the form of a bowl of steamed rice. The curry itself (made with a spicy base of red chilli paste, sweet basil, kaffir lime leaves, and garlic infused in coconut milk) is intense; it's thick, creamy, and worth every cholesterol consumed. It's tightly packed with spices flavour, and the veggies are cooked beautifully so they're still crunchy. The chicken doesn't have any problem, either. Probably the best Thai curry I've had so far.

Red curry with chicken - $10.9

Tom yum (hot and sour soup) hits the balance between the 'hot' and the 'sour'. It's refreshing with generous serve of seafood (prawns, mussels, etc.) included. And it's definitely the best tom yum I've had yet.

Seafood tom yum - $16.9

By this time we were actually struggling to finish all of these dishes. But who can say no to this vibrant looking Thai beef salad? It's my fav kind of salad ever, and this one hits the spot. The veggies are crunchy, the beef is tender and flavorsome, the dressing unites everything together.

Yum nua (Thai beef salad) - $14.9

"I don't think I have room for dessert", the cousin remarked.

Unfortunately, neither did I. As much as I wanted Holy Basil's famous deep fried ice cream, it would have to wait. Until next time, Holy Basil!

Currency: $1 = IDR 9,500

Rating: 4.5/5 (Recommended)
Lovely Thai dishes, service is exceptional, price is reasonable, ambiance is good and comfy.



233 Canley Vale Road
Canley Heights, NSW

Phone: (02) 9727 7585

Web (complete info):

Holy Basil on Urbanspoon

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  1. the sausages are really tempting O.O
    nice blog! :D

    1. it tastes sooo good too!
      thanks for dropping by, janice! :)

  2. thanks for posting..


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