Location-200 S. Federal Highway , Boca Raton , Fl.
The Gagit’s are completing an Asian perfecta with the visit to Basilic Vienamese Grill in Boca, after reviewing , Pocha , Korean in Lauderhill and Oishi Thai in North Miami. Basilic is the creation of not the Blues Brothers , but the Vu Brothers , Vince and John who left Vietnam and went to San Diego and then to Florida 5 years ago to spread the Vietamese culinary word to Florida, first in Fort Lauderdale and more recently with its success in Boca Raton.
Vietamese food of course touches on the unique Asian flavors of Vietnam but also some of the French influence in Vietamese , :ie Basilic. We pull up to the restaurant shown above and are greeted outside by John Vu welcoming us into his restaurant. As is the Gagit tradition, local beer and in this case Hue Beer ,and served with Prawn Crackers with the appropriate spice sauces. We are now in the Vietamese frame of mind and we let John order for us from his most popular dishes .Our first course Tom VA Muc Rang Muoi, Crispy calamari and shrimp ,tossed with green onion and chili in a salt and pepper seasoning.Wow. The next appetizer completely different flavor ,Banh Xeo, Vietamese Crepe , filled with bean sprout, pork and shrimp served with lettuce and Vietamese sauce. This is now my favorite but with much more to come.
I have never visited a Vietamese Restaurant without trying the Pho, and no exception here, in our case Pho Ga, Sliced Chicken with the rice noodles I cannot get enough of, along with fresh green onions ,cilantro,basil,lime and bean sprouts ,and of course some Sriracha and Hoisen on the side.We thought we were finished but John had the servers bring out Do Bien Xao Cay , spicy stir fried seafood with tomatoes, bean sprout and onion served with white rice , different flavors but great taste.
Are we done yet, no , we are now served Chien Vet Ot, lemongrass duck, duck marinated with lemongrass and chiles,served with slaw and steamed rice. No room for dessert after that feast but would like to try the Won Ton Mango Ice Cream next time,and after eating more than we should , I confirm that the Bangh Xeo was still my favorite dish.
Let the Truth be Told, there was no winner amongst the three, Korean, Thai and Vietamese except for the Gagit’s , who enjoyed every dish in this Asian food Trifecta. The only regret is that both Pocha and Basilic Vietamese Grill require a road trip,maybe someday , hopefully soon, they will be in the Miami area so we can visit more easily.