Basilic Vietnamese Grill

Last Activity: Aug 16th, 2014

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Location

218 Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 771-5798
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Critic's Rating

Rating2.5
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Last Review: 03/29/10

Information

HoursM-Th 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingStreet Metered
CCYes AlcoholWine and Beer
Entree PricesModerate OutdoorNo
ReservationsNo

Critic's Review

I'm not quite sure why they call this a "grill"; you can't get a cheeseburger or a steak here. Its a small place with a bar and a few tables. Upfront I'll admit that I'm not a fan of Vietnamese cuisine. I've worked hard so that I don't have to eat weeds. To me this stuff is like grabbing a bunch of random stuff from a garden and throwing it in an pan or some soup. But I digress.

I can't personally comment on the authenticity of the dishes here, but I have it from a source that its not very authentic. She complained about shredded lettuce and stuff like that. The meat doesn't seem grilled; I wonder if they even have a grill?

I got the Banh Xeo, what they call a crepe filled with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. Its really an omelet; the crepe batter is mostly eggs. It's a Vietnamese version of egg-foo-young without the tasty sauce.

Basilic Vietnamese Grill Crepe

Its pretty bland to be honest. Also they have several types of Pho; I opted for the chicken only because pictures I've seen of the beef didn't look too appetizing. Pho is a clear broth made with anise, coriander, ginger and cinnamon; they put a bunch of stuff in a bowl and spoon in the broth. The chicken Pho included bean sprouts, several types of weeds, slices of chicken and rice noodles.

Basilic Vietnamese chicken pho

They were a bit short on scallions from the photos I've seen of pho. I guess it was ok but I prefer chicken broth myself.

They give you these rice discs that just look like styrofoam and probably taste similarly. I've never tasted styrofoam so I can't be certain.

I'm just rambling at this point but I didn't enjoy it very much. If you like vietnamese food you can try it yourself. Maybe its good. Just not to me.

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RyanReply
Wow. Absolute worst review I have ever read. If your going to be reviewing restaurants, keep an open mind for the culture and their food (weeds? come on dude),
AdministratorReply
I'm aware of the culture; the Vietnamese are historically desperately poor and they make soup by throwing cheap ingredients into broth. "Weeds" and cheap meat. If you want to convince yourself that you're some sort of gourmet because you like it, that's your prerogative.