My wife and I decided to go back to Basil's for a date night after a great meal there last summer. Having had such a nice experience before, we went in with higher expectations, even though we expected just to order something off of the weeknight fixed-price menu. As before, we were not disappointed.
Our server, Lauren, was the same server we had last time, and has been there for years. They seem to have a VERY small staff, which is okay, because the place only has about a dozen tables upstairs (and a very nice place downstairs, I guess for during high season.) Last time, there was one other couple dining in the restaurant, but this time, we had the whole place to ourselves, and Lauren gave us the perfect combination of time to ourselves and impeccable service and courtesy whenever she came out with something.
I decided to go with the sole parisienne, and my wife had the pork tenderloin, and we ordered the escargot appetizer off the menu. She had a salad to start, and I the mushroom soup, both of which were terrific. The escargot is incredible; the first time here was the first time I'd had snails not in snail salad, and it was tremendous both this time and last. Our entrees both came with mashed potatoes and a number of sauteed vegetables, including asparagus, broccoli, and carrots. My fish was fantastic; it had been sauteed with mushrooms which were served on top of it, and it was the perfect texture and taste. I only tried one taste of her pork, but it was also very tender. She chose flan for dessert, and I the chocolate mousse, and I loved the mousse (didn't try the flan.)
Rather than order an entire bottle of wine, we went with the individual serving of champagne during our appetizer and a half-bottle of wine at dinner. The total came to $123 and some change, which we thought was perfectly reasonable.
In all, this is a great little place, and Lauren's combination of friendliness and courtesy is a DEFINITE plus. Our compliments to the chef!
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