Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Basil Canteen - is getting the thai street food formula right in a phenom space within the nightclub corridor of Soma, SF. The restaurant and lounge sits in a big windowed NYC-esque room: a former brewery with tons of exposed brick as well as architectural iron work, smack on the fascinating corner of Folsom and 11th Street. For a large, open room you can actually hear yourself talk, and the music (nice downtempo stuff) and the tone of others talking. Its a pleasant audio mix, which is a surprising in a "loft" space. Its a great place to drink, snack, catch up with people or just people watch. The staff is usually friendly and attentive and food itself is vibrant, flavorful and well, decadent.
One of my favorite apps is captured (poorly) below: The Roti is so crispy and sweetly crunchy - I've never had better Roti - but its boardering on pastry-like. You know what? I'm ok with that. Its melt and crunch in your mouth delicious, especially when complimentd by the sweet and spicy green curry replete w tender tiny bits of eggplant and topped with a big basil leaf. Those white dots that look like marshmallows in picture below, are the eggplant pieces (left - square bowl). Its amazing curry. In the middle of the plate below are bits of bbq'd steak, with a nice marinade I might add. I didnt ask them what it was, but the beef was lean/tender yet really almost herby taste bc of the spicing. The beef looked like the sad third wheel on this plate though, ha. Wow, is that the best vegetarian appetizer ever? Meaning it would be if you took out the sad beef. Or go the other way, and add big pieces of rib-eye with a wee bit bigger bowl of thai green chili to have a heartier meal. I would order that every time.
1) Daily Special ~ Fried pork and crab meatball
1 Rice plate