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Holy Basil Restaurant, Parramatta

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Published August 16th 2018
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Thai, Laos, Parramatta, riverside, views, spice, dinner
Gold, gold, gold (image JW)

Overlooking the riverside at Parramatta, Holy Basil is a very popular dining destination. The menu is large and contains many vegetarian dishes. The cuisine of Thailand and Laos uses distinctive fresh herbs and spices and properly done is the perfect balance of sweet, sour, spicy and salty.

Entree, Parramatta, curry puffs, vegetarian, Thai, casual
Curry Puffs (image JW)

The friendly staff were surprised that we wanted to sit outside on a winter evening but we enjoyed the views and the outdoor heaters provided plenty of warmth. Not being sure of the meal sizes, we decided to order a couple of entree dishes, one main and some boiled rice knowing that we could always order more if necessary. The curry puffs were delicious the lightly spiced vegetarian filling was encased in a very light puffed pastry.

Beef, Thai, Parramatta, Laos, casual, takeaway, dinner
Beef Jerky (image JW)

The marinated dry beef (beef jerky) was chewy, sweet and filling, it was an interesting dish that we had not tried before. The dipping sauce provided a nice amount of spice and heat. The duck was cooked perfectly and the 'Holy Basil' sauce was nicely flavoured but a bit too sweet for our taste,

Duck, Parramatta, casual, dinner, Thai, Laos
Duck with Holy Basil sauce (image JW)

Holy Basil is decorated with plenty of gold accents with a comfortable outside seating area and they offer a takeaway service. They are fully licensed, have a cocktail menu and only take bookings for large groups. For a smaller number of diners, they operate on a first in basis and waiting diners can leave their names and numbers.

Parramatta, views, dinner, casual, dinner, alfresco, Thai, Laos
River views (image JW)

There are other branches of Holy Basil at Canley Heights, Sydney CBD and Barangaroo offering similar experiences of this delicious cuisine.
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Why? Great value authentic Thai & Laos cuisine
When: Lunch daily 12 - 2:30pm, Dinner Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Phone: 02 9056 2789
Where: Shop 5 (Meriton Altitude) 330 Church Street, Parramatta NSW
Cost: Entrees from $8.90, Larger dishes from $13.90
Your Comment
I've never seen duck come in a basil sauce before; I would have thought the basil would have been a bit overpowering. Shame it was too sweet, as it sounds interesting.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 659 days ago
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