Basil: A Taste of Thailand with Southern Charm

By Rohan:

Walking down King Street is a great way to end your day in Charleston, South Carolina. Littered with everything from mom-and-pop souvenir shops to huge fashion icons like J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21, this charming cobblestone road is definitely a shopper’s paradise.

The food isn’t half bad either. Every cuisine can be found walking up and down one of Charleston’s most hopping streets. And with street performers at every intersection, we highly encourage eating outside to soak in some local culture. Basil is a Thai Restaurant that’s only a stone’s throw away from the historic Charleston Place Hotel. The facade resembles an Americana-era diner, with bright neon lights reflecting off shiny silver surfaces. I walked into Basil with tempered expectations, since I am not the biggest fan of Thai food.

The experience was excellent from start to finish. Our waiter was incredibly charming, serving every course with a smile and recommending some delicious vegetarian options on the menu. We recommend trying their spring rolls, the ultimate South Asian comfort food. If you have a large group, we encourage tasting their coconut soup, served in a large steel kettle nice and hot.

The Pad Kee Mao I had was delicious. Thick egg noodles soaked with succulent curry and topped with sautéed veggies was just what the doctor ordered after a day of walking around the historic antebellum city. Consumer beware: this dish is incredibly spicy. But the wait staff at Basil is glad to tame the dish down for those who don’t want that extra kick.

And how could we forget dessert? Half of the reason Global Affair was founded was to celebrate the greatest course of the meal. Fried green tea ice cream with a drizzle of strawberry sauce. Every bite of this Asian staple with a southern flare is absolutely heavenly. It is a little pricey, but it is well worth the money. Your sweet tooth will thank you for it.

We highly recommend trying Basil. They have several locations in South Carolina, but dining outdoors in this cobblestone shopping haven is a unique and relaxing experience. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Make sure to visit their extremely well-designed website at

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