Basil Leaf

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

235 Division St NW, Olympia, Washington, USA, 98502

Serves meat, vegan options available. Thai food restaurant that also offers Vietnamese pho noodle. Offers vegetable and tofu dishes. Inexpensive lunch specials. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Thai, Beer/Wine, Asian, Vietnamese, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by HaplessHeather

Swimming Rama Swimming in Cow's Milk - Edit

I was a first-time visitor to Basil Leaf and alerted my server immediately I am vegan. She said anything on the lunch menu (I was there at 2:45 p.m.) could be made "vegan." I ordered the "Swimming Rama" with tofu -- it comes with "house peanut sauce." As I started to eat -- after taking few bites -- I decided to read Basil Leaf reviews on the Happy Cow website. One fantastic review warned of dairy in some of the Basil Leaf dishes. What do you know?! The "house peanut sauce" is made with cow's milk! I spoke to the manager, who had no idea that vegan meant "no animal products"; in fact, he tried to convince me that "vegan" means "no meat." Ugh. Try as I might, I could not convince him (or my server) that vegans do not consume dairy, eggs, flesh, etc. After considerable back-and-forth, he removed it from the bill. Lesson learned: Read Happy Cow reviews if going to a place you have never been before! Be very careful, if you are a vegan, if ordering at Basil Leaf.

Pros: Listed on Happy Cow as Vegetarian Friendly

Cons: Staff does not know the meaning of "vegan", "House peanut sauce" is made with cow's milk

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decent Thai food - Edit

Although its relatively easy to make any dish vegan (the restaurant owner says they don't use fish sauce at all), the peanut sauce has cow's milk in it, but not all the staff know that. Red and green curry are vegan, but they sneak cow's milk into other curries.

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OK - Edit

The food tasted pretty good, and was a good price. My mother and my stomach hurt for the next 15 hours though!

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good food - Edit

We visit frequently because it's close but also because the flavor is good, too! Very friendly service, but can be a bit slow sometimes. I recommend!

Pros: vegetarian section of menu , big portion (worth the money), good flavor

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Little Saigon has a new owner! - Edit

I went there and ate pad thai tofu on Wednesday. It was fantastic! The new owner introduced herself to everyone that were there. The customer service was very good and I had a pleasant time there. The food is a bit expensive but I thought the clean place to eat and the music that they play were worth it. I say there over 2 hours searching the web with my laptop while listen the music and no one kick me out.

Pros: customer service, awesome music, clean place to eat

Cons: I can't think of any

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Not the most memorable Asian dining - Edit

If you are on the West side without transportation and craving Asian food, it's worth it. There are a few vegan options to choose from, and the wait staff knows what they are. I ate there at lunch, and the portions were medium sized, but the prices were high (around $9 a plate, which I consider high for lunch). The food was fine, but a bit bland. I will not visit this restaurant again, since Olympia has so many other options for vegan Asian food.

Pros: Vegan options, Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive, Small portions, Bland food

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