Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Hat Yai Restaurant Review: The Basil Restaurant

Hat Yai is Southern Thailand but is just 3-4 hours minivan ride from Penang. Whenever someone visits Penang, I highly recommend a few nights stay there for their good affordable food and great shopping at their markets. For sight seeing – there’s plenty of temples and Buddha statues like this giant one!

Click here for my in depth food and travel guide of Hat Yai

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One of the famous night markets – Greenway Market and Asian Markets which are next to each other – are a must visit in Hat Yai

Few would expect to see a good Mediterranean dining establishment in Hat Yai and I was very surprised to see The Basil Restaurant listed in Trip Advisor. Friends would wonder why in the world would I be trying out Western or Farang food in Southern Thailand – well – it’s rated 2nd most popular restaurant on Trip Advisor – so naturally I must try it!

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The easiest mode of travel is via TUK TUK – just print the image above and show it to your Tuk Tuk driver. It should be around 50 bath per person. If you got 3 or more people travelling together, you can try and negotiate with the driver to lower it to 30 or 40 bath per person but I wouldn’t bother too much. The restaurant staff will help you call a tuk tuk to send you back to your hotel when you finished your meal.

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It’s less than 10 minutes Tuk Tuk ride from Tunes Hotel Hat Yai, where I am staying .

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We arrived at 11:15 am, right before they open – they have outdoor section for those who smoke.

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Comfortable table settings and lots of wine bottles as decoration – the head chef Anusorne, also runs Wine Society which is just nearby. You can see it from the map above. Their menus are pretty similar and offers different ambience.

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Lots of wines to choose from~ ask for their great selections wine list!

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I saw Foei Gras on their menu and regretted not ordering them! I would definitely try them next time!

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A cute caricature of the head chef Mr Anusorne. He’s got quite an impressive resume – having worked in many countries in famous establishments like Mariott, Le Meridien and Banyan Tree. He’s even worked in Brunei for The Empire Hotel before!

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He’s published in quite a few magazines and newspapers. This magazine featured his popular Sesame Seed Crusted Salmon dish.

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Starting my meals with a good glass of wine ~~

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I have a tendency to order mushroom soup in most establishments and I must say – their mushroom soup with truffle oil packs a great punch from the truffle and is very delicious – a big thumbs up to this dish!

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Brunei’s Paddington House of Pancakes should take a look at this splendid savoury crepe dish – a special creation of Chef Anusorne – stuffing the French style crepe with crab meat and served with a rich creamy sauce. The lemon adds a good citrus kick to balance the richness of the creamy crab.

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Stunningly delicious! Smacks lips ~~

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If you love cheese – go for their cheese platter where you have a range of cheeses and other accompaniments like dried rigs, apples, grapes, crackers and toast to enjoy the cheeses.

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Or go for their lovely HAM platter! Omg ~~~ different types of HAM for you to nom nom nom nom nom!! *delicious*

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You know what makes a good parma ham better? *hyperventilating* YES ~~ JAPANESE MELON!

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You can tell I was so happy and surprised to see this in Southern Thailand ~

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OM NOM NOM NOM NOM ~~~ can you believe we’re just on appetizers still!!??

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This is their very good Sesame crusted pan fried Salmon. A must order if you visit Basil. You won’t be disappointed.

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Duck Ala Orange ~~ beautiful presentation ~~ great seared fatty skin ~~~ bon appetit!

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The Basil Style Pasta – this pasta has a great spicy kick to it – I guess from the Thai influence and preference of hot spicy kick of Thai palettes. They also have pizzas but I was too full from all the dishes!

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For dessert – I had their Tiramisu – well presented and satisfied my sweet tooth. A good end to my lunch.

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Finish it up with a good glass of Café Latte ~~ aaahhh what a meal ~~ wine and coffee. I am very impressed with the quality of the ingredients for the dishes and amount of passion into the food.

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The beautiful story : I enjoyed the food so much that I simply must have a chat with the chef and take a picture as a personal memento. Little did I realize that we would click so much that Chef Anusorne would become a personal tour guide to Hat Yai, sight seeing, food hunting and even dining in his other restaurant, Wine Society!! I must really thank him for his hospitality and vision in turning Hat Yai into one of the more popular tourist destinations! I am very impressed with his restaurants, The Basil and The Wine Society. Whenever you visit Penang, please drop by Hat Yai for a visit! Stay tuned for my full Hat Yai Trip guide!!

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Wine Society ~ surrounded by wines and good food!

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Beautiful sight seeing with Chef Anusorne ~

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