Last night the husband and I traveled to Eugene with two of our closest friends for a community production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" as well as dinner. Our restaurant of choice was Sweet Basil, a Thai restaurant that was ranked #2 out of 144 Eugene restaurants on TripAdvisor. If you don't already know this about me, I am a huge believer in TripAdvisor. It is very rare for me to find a highly ranked restaurant or hotel on the site that doesn't live up to expectations.
Although the amount of restaurants (listed on the site) in Eugene more than doubles what we have in Corvallis (a measly 65), I haven't yet been too impressed with their dining options. Granted my culinary visits have been few, especially compared to all of the dining that we've done in Corvallis or even Portland. So I was excited to try a new restaurant (then again, I am always excited for new dining adventures!) and my expectations were that much higher considering their TripAdvisor rank.
I am happy to announce that they exceeded my expectations.
Sweet Basil is a Thai restaurant but unlike your stereotypical Thai establishment. We have a couple of restaurants here in town and while the food is delicious, the atmosphere is homey, cozy, and quaint. Sweet Basil displayed a menu complete with your usual Thai fare (Pad Thai, Mussamun curry, etc.) but they also had more creative dishes such as Spicy Sea Scallops or Three Flavor Halibut. They also had a flare for presentation.
This was an appetizer so aptly named "Oh My God." It is a fried tortilla roll stuffed with imitation crab, basil and cream cheese served with a homemade Sriracha sauce. And it came to us on fire. It was an exciting plate, not just to see but to eat. And it was the perfect start to a delicious meal and a fantastic night with friends.
It's days like these when I really love life. Good food, good friends, and now good night!