Thai Me Up

Siam what Siam

After so much chile and curry and garlic, dessert sounded like a good way to wind things down, so we tried both choices. The "FBI" dessert was a pretty easy crowd-pleaser: fried hunks of banana with a couple big scoops of vanilla ice cream. No complaints there, but I preferred the sticky purple rice, a naturally dark indigo variety of grain cooked into a pudding with coconut milk and served with slices of ripe mango. It was a much more controversial treat — a couple of my dining companions couldn't get over how it looked, and I'll spare you the details — but I loved its thick, creamy texture, with chewy, swollen grains of rice that burst into starchy sweetness. It was a fun, quirky ending to a feast where my meat-eating companions got their protein fix, the veggie lovers enjoyed plenty of options, and everyone left happy and full.

The heat is on: Thai Basil spices up the ethnic offerings near ASU.
Jackie Mercandetti
The heat is on: Thai Basil spices up the ethnic offerings near ASU.

Location Info


Thai Basil

3110 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Central Phoenix

Thai Basil

403 W. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Tempe


Spring rolls: $5.50

Papaya salad: $7.95

Coconut soup with chicken: $7.95

Green curry with prawns: $9.95

Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

403 West University Drive, Suite 101, Tempe

It almost made me miss being a college student.

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