Our culinary journey this month took us Green Basil. Located at 43 East Jefferson in the Historic Jefferson Hill Shops, Green Basil offers a wide assortment of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Our waitress, Tram, was at our table immediately with very crusty (the best kind) French bread. We began our meal with fresh brewed Jasmine tea and sharing an order of #101 – Goi Cuon – shrimp and pork with lettuce, bean sprouts and rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper served with hoisin sauce and sriracha peanut sauce. Two (2) Goi Cuon to the order and we were off and running.
A Banh Mi sandwich was next and our selection of #202 – marinated grilled pork with sweet and tangy carrot, daikon, jalapeño, cucumber and cilantro was the best Mark has tasted this side of East Los Angeles. The flavors in our Banh Mi popped.
The décor at Green Basil is light and bright. Bamboo chairs and tables add to the coolness of the room while an eclectic mix of Vietnamese artists Quang Dung and CS Kieu Nga. The Bee Gees and Shinedown played in the background.
For our entrees, Laurie selected #411 – Bo Luc Lac – cubed filet mignon, watercress, tomato, red onion, scallions, pepper and lime, served, of course, with steamed rice. Mark chose #304 – Pho Tai Nam Gau – a traditional Vietnamese soup with noodles, sliced beef brisket and flank. The beef was tender enough to cut with a fork (since Mark opted out of using chop sticks).
Although we usually try to leave room for dessert, it wasn’t meant to be on this visit to Green Basil. The Che Ba Mau – a Vietnamese dessert made from sweetened red and green beans with Jello strips, coconut milk and ice – looked interesting, but will be left for a return visit.
Open 6 days a week (closed on Monday) for lunch and dinner, Green Basil is another welcome addition to the diverse Naperville dining scene and is located at 43. E Jefferson in downtown Naperville.