The Sushi Review - The Basil Leaf

The Basil Leaf: Thai and Sushi Restaurant
690 St. George Square Court
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
(336) 283-9133
http://lovethaibasil.com


I heard about this place from a friend and I felt that either Thai or Sushi would hit the spot. When I arrived with my friends at lunchtime on a Friday, the first thing I noticed was a sign on the door stating that there was “No Sushi on Mondays”. I wasn’t sure if the sushi chef took Mondays off or it was just some type of Monday protest in general. But it was the weekend, so we were good to go either way. The layout and d├ęcor was modern contemporary and very clean and inviting. We ordered soups and salads as appetizers then a full range of sushi in the form of maki rolls and sashimi. The spicy salmon and tuna rolls were pretty good and everything else was a knockout. They did a good job on the Soundboy Roll (Philly salmon tempura) and the Boston Roll and Spider Roll were both great. My number one suggestion there is the “T” Roll; Spicy tuna, crab stick and avocado tempura topped with seaweed salad with spicy and sweet sauce. I will definitely order that on a return visit.

The Basil Leaf opened in June 2011 with the goal of serving fresh and healthy food. Their aim is to bring the balance of four fundamental tastes together in each dish (sweet, sour, salty and spicy). They are family owned and opening the restaurant has brought the family closer together. It is a welcome and creative addition to the community and a new experience in Thai cuisine and Sushi for Winston Salem. My only critique is that the lunch menu is a little overpriced, but they do provide a really enjoyable dining atmosphere and the service is great. In the evening, expect a crowd and wear something nice. 
The beverage menu is fair and the atmosphere is cool. 
Overall I recommend the Basil Leaf for both Thai Cuisine and Sushi.

Skip Pulley - Editor

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