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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.
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.
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,
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.