The word basil comes from the Greek ???????? (basileus), meaning “king”, as it is believed to have grown above the spot where St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross.

But for Basil Thai Nudle Bar, it takes its name from the renowned Thai Basil or bai horapa, a lusciously fragrant herb which generously enhances Thai fare, seafood dishes in particular. Thai basil has lush, deep green leaves, purplish flower buds and stems and carries anise overtones to its sweet basil scent.


Basil Thai Nudle Bar is located in Bangsar… to be precise, in Bangsar Village. It’s been a long while since I’ve been to Bangsar Village … and I’ve totally not been to the new wing of Bangsar Village called the Bangsar Village 2. The opportunity came when I happen to have a lunch appointment with fellow foodie blogger Lyrical Lemongrass (LL) the other day. It was a Friday … and not knowing where exactly is her office, we decided to meet in Bangsar Village. Good thing Bangsar Village is not difficult to find … but unfortunately I was late for my appointment as I was held up in the office. As I approach Bangsar … I was caught in a slight traffic … just in time to recall Bangsar Village is located next to a mosque. AND IT’S FRIDAY !!! Aaarrrggghh ….

Anyway, patience prevailed (I remember someone once told me, don’t get frustrated when things so bad. Just keep your calm, things will get better)… so I waited patiently for the queue on the road to clear and drove slowly towards Bangsar Village … took a wrong turn and ended up back to the Bangsar main road. I remained calm and slowly find my way back into the slip road … and eventually found my way into Bangsar Village 2 parking entrance. Just before entering the parking lot, I visualized a parking spot … waiting there just for me. With full confidence, I drove into the parking lot and I really did find a parking spot, just sitting there waiting for me to drive in. Not too bad, huh …

Anyway, I found my way into the mall and started looking for Basil Thai Nudle Bar. I remembered LL telling me that Basil is in the old wing of Bangsar Village so that’s where I headed. I crossed a pedestrian bridge and met LL at the lobby and proceeded to Basil.


The setup in Basil Thai Nudle Bar is conceptually similar to most of S.E.A Cuisine Sdn Bhd’s outlets in Malaysia. S.E.A Cuisine group of restaurant have become a staple in Thai Cuisine dining scene with over 12 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. The other outlets under S.E.A Cuisine group of restaurants are :

Amarin Heavenly Thai
Bangkok Jam
The Old Siam
Siam Square
Just Thai
Good Evening Bangkok
Bangkok Jazz
To Dine For
Actually Thai
Absolute Thai
Bangkok Expresso
Thai Accent

From the list, I have tried some of the restaurants but never had the opportunity to write any article on it. So this is my first attempt at it, thanking LL for creating this chance for me. Basil, like all of the ‘other’ outlets .. are well decorated. Interior decorations are classy yet close to the authenticity of Thai ambiance.

Menu varieties are proper, ranging from starters through to main dishes and ending with desserts. Our lunch orders were simple … ala carte and a dessert. I ordered the Hot & Spicy Minced Chicken Noodle … (I’m always a sucker for spicy food) while LL ordered Black Olive Fried Rice with Chicken. And since LL was rushing for time (time check while ordering food … 1:30pm, she has to leave by 2:00pm) we settled only for those and a dessert which is Mango with Sticky Rice.


The service was so-so, probably because it’s a Friday and the restaurant was packed. But I did notice … every other restaurant that I walked pass was also equally packed. Anyway, I am not about to complain about the service .. like I said, it was ok. Foodwise … my Hot & Spicy Mince Chicken Noodle was quite dry, otherwise smelled good. I did not notice any minced chicken but rather, I got a few balls to work with. The balls were surprisingly good …. let’s just say … it’s chewelicious. (I just kinda made that word up).

As for LL’s Black Olive Fried Rice with Chicken, I can’t really remember now (case of writer’s block) but I vaguely remember her mentioning … it could be better.


Now as for the dessert, the Mango with Sticky Rice looks good and taste … equally good ! It came with some slices of nice, sweet mango … accompanied by a lump of sticky rice, and a cup of whitish looking sweet liquid (I googled for it and found it’s actually coconut milk with sugar and salt). Whatever it is .. it tasted really good … especially when you mix the mango the rice, dipped in the sauce.

Mango with Sticky Rice

As for the degree of burns on my wallet, we spent about RM57 for 2 person. Reasonable, I would say … to dine in such ambiance.

Contact Details

Basil Thai Nudle Bar
G10, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village,
No.1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 603 2287 8708
Fax : 603 2287 8710
Contact : Jennifer
Website :

OVERALL RATINGs : * * * (Average loh, nothing to shout about !)
Environment Ratings : * * * * (Authentic yet modern)
Food Ratings : * * (Only 1 out of 3 is good so far, what do you think?)
Service Ratings : * * * (Quality drops during peak)
Value Ratings : * * * (Quality comes with a price tag)

Operation Details
Average Price :
Lunch : RM 15 per person and above
Dinner : RM 30 per person and above
Business Hrs : Monday to Sunday 12:00 noon till 10:00 pm

Miscellaneous Details
Halal : Yes
Dining Method : Dine in, take-away
Food/Cuisine : Authentic Thai
Ambiance/Features : Authentic yet modern
Reservations : Yes

Extra Information
Seating Capacity
Seating : 110 pax
Standing : 160 pax

– Set Menus and a la Carte Available

  1. Said,

    I didn’t notice this when I was there before the gathering. The new wing area is still very new, not much shops. Your noodle’s dry? I can see it’s quite tantalising. Same goes to the fried rice and mango sticky rice too!


  2. Said,

    Jason, in the food photography section … what you see may not be what you get .. he he .. part of our job. But, it’s also our duty to report what is actual, right ?


  3. Said,

    Wow Tim…pretty fast, i must say. 😛

    The black olive fried rice was actually nice, although it was a bit oily. All the oil had ended up at the bottom. I like the olives in the rice. The olives added a nice piquant taste to the entire dish.

    Love your photos.


  4. Said,

    pictures does look awesome..if i had not been there a couple of times..haha it does look pretty much deceiving..this place is kinda normal and provided if u do know where are the smaller thai places u can get more authentic and value for money..i have also tried amarin as well as dis 1 so far..dont think i need to try another 1..


  5. Said,

    I bumped into lyrical lemongrass that day @ Bangsar Village. She did ask me to join u two for lunch but I needed to rush bck to the office.Dat day the traffic was dreadful, I was half an hour late when i reached my office. Btw…wat a pleasant surprise…I bumped into u n’ ur wife today @ Hartamas 🙂 So food bloggers r everywhere huh…


  6. Said,

    Been ages since I ate here but I vaguely remember a yummy Duck Noodle Soup.


  7. Said,

    I have tried Absolute Thai at Ikano Center and I must say their Thai Duck Noodle soup was really good as is their Thai Basil Tofu. Although quality of the meals varies from day to day, some days it’s good and some days it’s as bad as finding grains of uncooked rice. It’s really an eenie mini mo game dining there.


  8. Said, time before i enter any parking lot, i will try to visualise a parking space waiting for me to drive in. Hope it works for me.

    Food looks good though, especially the yummy looking mango sticky rice, a must have when am in Thailand.


  9. Said,

    woiiii, go bangsar village oso never call? my orfis is a skip hop and jump away, and actually, on friday, i was at chatterbox upstairs for lunch. me and my friends adjourned to suchan for coffee afterwards. haiya…


  10. Said,

    black olive fried rice looks good! think my bf gonna like that 😉


  11. Said,

    bad impression on just thai thai express and other related thai restaurant..but this one looks gd sounds gd


  12. Said,

    Tim: That is sooo correct ^^


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