Responses to Jessi F.'s Review

Respond to Review of Basil Thai
by Jessi F.

Review: I've been to this restaurant three or four times, each visit when I was passing through the area. Some of the food here is pretty good, and it's one of the few restaurants in the area that I know of where you can get anything vegetarian. I like that you can get tofu here and the food quality is generally good. It's a nice location and a nice looking restaurant. HOWEVER, please note that many of the things labeled "vegetarian" are not truly vegetarian because they contain fish sauce. For example, on a recent visit (Sept 2011), we were informed that the tofu satay appetizer and the tom kah soup can't be made without fish sauce, even through the menu says that both can be made vegetarian. We had already ordered these and only found out when we asked if the pad thai (which didn't specify vegetarian on the menu) had fish sauce (it did). When we then said we didn't want the soup and appetizer we ordered, the server acted inconvenienced and lectured us a bit... I think the encounter was more indicative of the individual than of the restaurant, so I won't get into the details (we had great service on other visits), but the real moral of the story is: Always ask whether something has fish sauce here before you order it (if you are vegetarian and that sort of thing is important to you), even if it's labeled "vegetarian" on the menu. Unfortunately, the truly vegetarian options here become much more limited in this process, but there are still several good choices.


Posted by LT on Friday, February 22, 2013
Try Thai Elephant restaurant in Atascadero (about 10 miles south of Paso Robles). They actually have a separate "vegetarian menu", and know about not using fish sauce.
Posted by herbivorehippie on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Some other great ones to try when you're passing through:
Thomas Hill Organics (American cuisine)
Jaffe Cafe (Mediterranean cuisine),connected to Panolivo a French restaurant
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