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Split personalities are not usually great for relationships. But Hot Basil’s side-by-side servings of Indian and Thai dishes are worthy of a long-term commitment. And when we say side-by-side, we mean it. This is not a fusion restaurant but a place where Indian and Thai specialties are independently realized—a place where you can try samosas, then Thai fried rice. Both cuisines are spice intensive, so although it may seem strange to follow the refreshingly complex vegetarian spring rolls with the rich yet light aloo gobi (cauliflower and potato in a tomato-and-onion sauce), it works out fine. There are missteps, such as a bland pad thai, but you have to expect that on a large menu that ranges from tom kha gai to tandoori chicken. While not the best Thai or Indian food you’ll ever eat, Hot Basil comes through on the little things, like a properly baked naan, that ensure this is one first date you’ll want to meet again. Lunch Mon.–Sat., dinner daily.
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