We used the answers in a "favorite restaurants near Symphony Hall" forum here to choose Pho Basil. That was quite an adventure. We arrived 6:45 and by seven the place was full. We split the appetizer of the day - three chicken curry dumplings with a dipping sauce - and then chose two dinner items with "scary faces" (spicy) on the menu. One was lychee duck and one was tempura soft shell crab. The prices of the dinners and a bottle of wine were very reasonable. Let's give Pho Basil an "excellent" all around. I'm sure we were breathing fire at the folks around us at the Boston Pops.