After moving just above the Upper Beaches almost eight months ago, I am slowly checking out some of the local restaurants. I am now only a 5 minute drive away from the Beach so that is definitely one neighbourhood I want to explore in more depth. I visited Mira Mira Diner on the recommendation of my niece and loved the imaginative menu and light-filled ambiance. I also really enjoyed ViVetha Bistro for brunch.
I love Thai food so I was eager to try Green Basil Restaurant based on many favourable reviews online. This Beaches restaurant is located on Queen Street East at Hammersmith Avenue, just three streets east of Lee Avenue. We arrived at noon on a Saturday and it wasn’t busy.
We chose a window table so that we could people watch on Queen Street. Our server greeted us, provided menus and took our drinks order. My dining partner (my mom) decided to try a Mango Mocktail while I just ordered water. Our drinks arrived within a minute or two.
I always have a curry when I’m at a Thai restaurant so I didn’t spend too long perusing the menu. My mother opted for the grilled chicken.
While we were waiting for our food, we took in our surroundings. We were both impressed with the ultra modern decor, which included sleek booths, intricate wall coverings and sophisticated light fixtures.
Green Basil offers several lunch specials available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. My dining partner (my mom) ordered the Grilled Chicken lunch special. This dish came with either Mango Salad or mixed vegetables; rice and vegetable rolls for $15.50.
I ordered the Green Chicken Curry lunch special with Mango Salad, steamed rice, and vegetable rolls. There was a very good portion of chicken in this dish and the curry had a mild amount of heat. Accompanying peppers and eggplant were cooked al dente. The vegetable rolls were really Spring rolls (which I prefer anyway) since the batter used was light and crispy. Happily, the plate was also not overwhelmed by rice, which is often the case. The presentation was lovely!
My mother really enjoyed her grilled chicken, which was mildly spiced and tender. Again, there was a good portion of chicken.
We both loved the Mango Salad – the mango was so sweet and the salad was fairly large for a side salad. Absolutely delicious! The Spring rolls were crispy and packed with veggies – just the way we like them.
I’m so glad we stumbled upon Green Basil Restaurant. It’s a Beaches neighbourhood restaurant I will definitely revisit. After enjoying lunch, you can walk down Hammersmith Avenue and you’ll arrive at the boardwalk.
Green Basil Restaurant, 2120 Queen Street East (at Hammersmith Avenue), 416-698-2120