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Basil & Mint, Coventry Village

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by Georgina Ker (subscribe)
Working mum to three children aged between seven and thirteen years; step-mum to two more. Blogging about life at @
Published July 7th 2016
The soup defeated me but in a good way
I went to Basil & Mint with a group of five girlfriends seeking a hearty but affordable meal on a cold Friday night. Staff were happy to move two tables together for us, which was a good start.

I had been before and tried one of the noodle dishes which I found to be a bit lacking in flavour, however we were all impressed with our meals this time.

We ordered two starters between the table - spring rolls and beef satay. Happily, the restaurant was able to customise the number of pieces of each to suit our party. Both arrived promptly and were piping hot and tasty, not the best spring rolls I've ever had but crunchy and fresh-tasting so perfectly adequate (and a disclaimer here, my oldest friend in the world is Vietnamese and her mum makes the best spring rolls so I may be biased).

Photo: Basil Mint (not my soup!)

Most of us went with a soup, being a cold night, and as the first bowl arrived we were amazed at the size of the bowls! My friend joked we could bob for apples in them and I think she was right. I had the chicken laksa and it was everything I could ask for - a good balance of spices and flavour, hot and comforting, plenty of chicken and vegetables, not just noodles. I don't think any of us got through the whole bowl of soup, so serving sizes are definitely generous.

On my previous visit I was offered a takeaway container at a small cost - we didn't ask this time as we were heading out somewhere else, however it's good to know this is available as to get two meals out of a $15 bowl of laksa would be impressive indeed.

I wasn't drinking but friends who were said the wine list was okay - nothing special but not particularly lacking either.

I only wish I'd had room to try dessert! (And had thought to take a photo of the enormous bowl of soup.)
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Why? Good value Asian food in nice surroundings
When: Tues-Sun, lunch 11.30am-3.00pm, dinner 5.30pm-late
Phone: 08 9275 8883
Where: Shop 3B, 243 Walter Road, Morley 6062
Cost: main dishes $14-$25, lunch specials available
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