" GF " Denotes that the dish is Gluten Free. " GFR " Denotes that the dish can be made Gluten Free. However, Basil Café is NOT a certified Gluten-Free Facility. Please use caution for severe allergies. The majority of dishes can be made Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free; please notify us when placing your order of this or any other dietary restrictions/allergens. We also stay authentic to spice levels; however spice levels for most dishes can be adjusted to meet your palate.
Basil Café Specials
Traditional SE Asian Fare
Khao Piek Sen
(Dine in only) Traditional Lao noodle soup made with noodles that are handmade in house, in a clean ginger and chicken based broth. Garnished with fried garlic, cilantro and green onions; and served with a side of cut up "Patangko" (Chinese cruller/fried breadstick), "Kiep Moo" (homemade pork crackling), and our homemade garlic-chili oil.
Luang Prabang Khao Soi
(Dine in only) Slightly spicy, Lao style noodle soup from the old capital city of Luang Prabang. Slightly wider and thicker phó style rice noodle in a chicken broth. Topped with a Bolognese of minced pork blended with cherry tomatoes, garlic, shallots, fermented soy bean, and chili peppers; garnished with cilantro and green onions, and served with a side of beansprouts, mint, and lime wedges. Eaten by mixing the Bolognese through the broth, and squeezing a lime wedge or two to add a burst of citrus and acidity. Additional sides and herbs can be added for additional flavor and textures. (Luang Prabang Khao Soi is not to be confused with the Thai version of Khao Soi from Chiang Mai which is made with a coconut curried meat broth with yellow egg noodles and topped with fried crispy yellow egg noodles. Our version is the Lao version from Northern Lao.)
"Lao Style Crispy Fried Rice" with shallots, green onions, and mixed with a pickled Lao sausage (non-sausage version available as well), freshly squeezed lime juice, and chopped cilantro; eaten like a lettuce wrap.
Homemade "Lao Pork Sausage" stuffed with thick cut ground pork, shallots, lemongrass and fresh Thai chilies. Lightly fried and served with sticky rice, and "Jeow Mak Len," a Lao style salsa/dipping sauce.
"Lao Heavenly Sweet Beef Jerky." Thinly sliced beef, covered in sesame seeds, dried and then lightly fried for a crispy outside texture. Served with "Jeow Mak Len," a Lao style salsa/dipping sauce, and sticky rice.
Pa (Fish) OR Gai (Chicken) marinated in lemongrass, basil leaves, kaffir leaves, glass noodles, and fresh Thai chilies; wrapped in a banana leaf and then steamed. Served with sticky rice.
Nuea Yahng Nahm Thok
Marinated and grilled strips of a juicy, tender, and savory, steak (served medium rare to medium well; however rareness is adjustable, please allow for proper cook times when adjusting rareness), served with sticky rice and a homemade tamarind based dipping sauce consisting of roasted ground rice, chili powder, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Sticky Rice (GF)
A side of sticky rice (Thai medium to long grain sweet rice), steamed in a bamboo steamer.
Jeow Mak Len (GF)
A traditional Lao salsa/dipping sauce made from roasted tomatoes, garlic, fresh Thai chili peppers, and a hint of fish sauce. Usually eaten with sticky rice.
Homemade pork crackling, served with a side of the house tamarind and garlic chili dipping sauce.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls (GFR)
Rice vermicelli noodles, with chopped lettuce, carrots, mint, basil, bean sprouts, and a chive stem, freshly wrapped in a translucent rice paper. A choice of shrimp, chicken, tofu, or veggie. Served with a side of the house Hoisin-Peanut Sauce (contains gluten). Sweet Vinaigrette can be substituted for Gluten Intolerance. Add Avocado for an extra dollar!
Just Veggies / Tofu / Shrimp / Chicken$7.00
Filled with freshly ground chicken breast, glass noodles, cabbage, carrots, & onions. Wrapped in a thin egg roll style wrapper (Non-Gluten Free). Served with a side of the house sweet and sour sauce.
Veggie Egg Rolls
Filled with glass noodles, cabbage, carrots, & onions. Wrapped in a thin egg roll style wrapper (Non-Gluten Free). Served with a side of the house sweet and sour sauce.
Dumpling wrappers (Non-Gluten Free) filled with seasoned cream cheese, crab meat, and scallions, deep fried, and served with a side of the house sweet and sour sauce.
Cream Cheese Rolls
East meets Philly & Wisconsin. Egg roll wrappers (Non-Gluten Free) filled with house seasoned cream cheese and scallions, deep-fried, and served with a side of the house sweet and sour sauce.
Lightly breaded and deep-fried fresh calamari; served with a side of sweet chili sauce.
Skewers of chicken breast, marinated in the house coconut-curry seasoning; served with a side of the house peanut sauce.
Chicken wings marinated in the house lemongrass-garlic seasoning, lightly breaded and deep-fried; served with a side of sweet chili sauce.
Two quails, halved (four pieces total), marinated in the house lemongrass-garlic seasoning and deep-fried; served with a side of sweet chili sauce.
Bánh Cúon (Rice Rolls) (GF)
Vietnamese pan steamed rice flour rolls, filled with freshly ground pork, minced mushrooms, and scallions, topped with fried shallots; and served with a side of the house sweet & tangy vinaigrette.
Bánh Xéo (Vietnamese Crepe) (GF)
Savory Vietnamese Crepe filled with fresh shrimp, pork, scallions, & bean sprouts; served with a side of lettuce, mint, cilantro, basil, the house carrot-daikon relish, and the house sweet & tangy vinaigrette.
Smaller (non-entree sized cups and bowls) of the house soups
Tom Yum Soup (GF)
Slightly spicy & tangy tamarind based broth with lemongrass, galangal (SE Asian blue-rooted ginger), kaffir leaves (leaves of the lime tree), mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and onions. Choice of chicken or shrimp.
Tom Kha Gai (GF)
Cut chicken breast in a savory light coconut-chicken broth with lemongrass, mushrooms, galangal (SE Asian blue rooted ginger), kaffir leaves (leaves of the lime tree), onions, and mushrooms.
Traditional Lao, Thai, & Vietnamese Salads
Som Tum (Thai Papaya Salad) (Vegan Version Available) (GF)
Shredded green papaya, carrots, cherry tomatoes, roasted peanuts, and fresh thai chili peppers; tossed in a mortar with a pestle in a light Thai spicy-sweet-tangy house dressing; served with rice vermicelli noodles, prawn flavored chips, and lettuce. Spiciness is adjustable.
Tum Mak Houng (Lao Papaya Salad) (Vegan Version Available) (GF)
Shredded green papaya, long green beans, Lao eggplant, and cherry tomatoes; tossed in a mortar with a pestle in a light Lao spicy-tangy house dressing; served with rice vermicelli noodles, and cabbage. Spiciness is adjustable.
Vietnamese Lotus Salad (GF)
Pickled lotus flower stems with carrot and daikon, minced mint and basil; topped with fresh cut shrimp, fried shallots, and homemade roasted peanuts. Served with a side of the sweet & tangy house vinaigrette and prawn flavored chips.
Lao Laab Salad (GF)
Choice of minced beef, chicken, or shrimp mixed with chopped mint and basil, ground roasted rice, ground chili pepper, lime juice, in a traditional savory, slightly spicy and tangy light dressing. Served with a side of lettuce, cucumber, mint, and basil. Spiciness is adjustable.
Yum Talay (GF)
Fresh whole seafood, shrimp, squid, and mussels, with chopped mint and basil, ground roasted rice, ground chili pepper, lime juice, in a traditional savory, slightly spicy and tangy light dressing. Served with a side of lettuce, cucumber, mint, and basil. Spiciness is adjustable
Rice vermicelli noodles salad.
Rice vermicelli noodles (served room temperature) topped with freshly shredded lettuce, carrots, chopped mint and basil, cucumbers, bean sprouts and roasted peanuts. Served with a choice of grilled chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu and a side of the house carrot-daikon relish and the house sweetened vinaigrette. Crispy egg rolls added to dish for two more dollars. (Only the tofu and shrimp can be made Gluten Free)
Chicken / Beef / Pork / Tofu$11.00
Addition of Egg Rolls +$1.00
Entrée sized bowls of noodle soups.
Traditional Vietnamese rice noodle soup, slow boiled over hours, daily, before served. Comes with the requisite side of bean sprouts, basil leaves, jalapeño peppers, lime wedge, Sriracha sauce, and hoisin sauce (Non-GF). Choice of Beef, Chicken, or Seafood (fresh shrimp and fresh calamari). Beef and Seafood versions come with meatballs (Non-GF).
Seafood Combo + 1 meats add$3.00
Seafood Combo + 2 meats add$4.00
Each additional meat choice add$1.00
Vegan Phó (GFR)
100% Vegan based Phó broth (traditional Vietnamese rice noodle soup) made fresh with fresh vegetables and slow boiled before serving. Served with Chinese broccoli (Kai-lan), mushrooms, and tofu; with the requisite side of bean sprouts, basil leaves, jalapeños, lime wedge, Sriracha sauce, and hoisin sauce (Non-GF).
Yellow Egg Noodle Soup (Mee)
Yellow egg noodles served in a flavorful house made broth, with Chinese broccoli (Kai-lan), and choice of chicken, pork, or seafood (fresh shrimp and fresh calamari)
Kow Boon (Chicken Curry Rice Noodle Soup) (GF)
Traditional Lao rice vermicelli noodle curry soup. Fall off the bone shredded style chicken breast in a slightly spicy coconut curry broth; topped with bamboo shoots, mint, and cilantro. Served additionally with bean sprouts, cilantro, mint leaves, and a lime wedge.
Entrée Dishes that are favorites of the house, all served with a side of rice.
Spicy Basil (GF)
Four spicy Thai chili peppers sautéed with Thai basil, kaffir leaves, and onions, in the house's spicy-garlic chili sauce. Choice of chicken, beef, pork, prawns, mussels (in the half shell), squid, fish (catfish), or seafood combination (prawns, mussels, and squid; no fish). (Fish is not GF). Spiciness level is adjustable.
Mixed Veggies / Tofu / Chicken/Beef/Pork$14.00
Seafood Combination (No Fish)$18.00
Spicy Lemongrass (GF)
Four spicy Thai chili peppers sautéed with lemongrass, kaffir leaves, onions, and bell peppers in the house's spicy-garlic chili sauce. Choice of chicken, beef, pork, prawns, mussels (in the half shell), squid, fish (catfish), or seafood combination (prawns, mussels, and squid; no fish). (Fish is not GF)
Mixed Veggies / Tofu / Chicken/Beef/Pork$14.00
Seafood Combo (No Fish)$18.00
Basil's Signature Tilapia
Two tilapia filets, lightly breaded and fried; topped with a choice of one of Basil's signature sauces: Red Curry, Spicy Basil, or Spicy Lemongrass.
Salt & Pepper
Lightly breaded and fried prawns (head and shell on), fish (fresh lake smelt), or squid, or a combination of the three; stir-fried with garlic, onions, jalapeños
Prawns / Squid / Fish / Tofu$16.00
Red OR Green Curry (GF)
Sautéed chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp with bamboo shoots, long green beans, Lao eggplant, onions & basil in a red (red chili pepper) or green (green chili pepper) chili coconut curry sauce
Choice of Chicken Thigh or Pork Chop in a lemongrass, garlic, house marinade; served with coconut infused jasmine rice, fried egg (over-easy), cucumber, tomato, carrot-daikon relish, and a sweet and tangy house vinaigrette.
Stir Fried Noodles
Flash charred, stir-fried noodles.
Pad Thai (GFR)
Stir-fried thin rice noodles in the house tamarind sauce, with eggs, bean sprouts, chives, and roasted peanuts; with a choice of mixed vegetables, tofu, chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.