And now recall my giddiness at discovering that the best Thai Iced Tea, along with a healthy and fully-customizable meal, was actually much closer to home than expected.
Finally, let's express gratification for the complimentary meal that Basil Box had been ever-so-generous to offer me after a long day of driving/exploring.
Well, it brings me much joy to announce that Basil Box has decided to venture into the Downtown Core and open its first sit-down location at the Ryerson Student Learning Centre.
To say it was a fabulous job would be an understatement; it was love at first sight.
Once the boxes had been formed utilizing the Basil Box's four-step Base-Vegetable-Protein-Topping/Sauce sequence, attendees began to a frenzy of food styling and photo-taking with their weapon of choice, be it a basic smartphone, classic digital single-lens reflex, or trendy mirrorless.
We then tucked into the colourful contents of each of our boxes for maximum satisfaction.
Admittedly, the Sweet Mango Rice Parfait was one the items that I had eyed several times at the Square One food court but never had the opportunity to snack on. Ecstatic to experience it, I cheerfully dug my spoon into the milky, gelatinous creation. Bearing the consistency of pudding and featuring the addition of coconut rice with subtly sweet mango sauce/puree, this parfait is an item I can envision myself repeatedly ordering once I return to suburbia.
This may come as a suprise, though I must confess that I'm not the fondest member of the food enthusiast community when macarons become the topic of discussion. Based off of previous experiences, the small, circular confections have never once proved to be more than a sickeningly sweet layer of filling sandwiched between two artificially-coloured meringue shells. However, the Thai Tea macaron has caused me to think differently for the first time.
While Ginger Lime was more ginger-tasting than lime, Thai Tea truly lived up to its name. Fragrant and crispy, it was delicious in all the right ways, making it the only macaron I've ever truly desired.
Catering to a bustling crowd of young commuters, exuberant shoppers, and students constantly on-the-go, the Basil Box is a wonderful, budget-friendly addition to the downtown food scene. Fully customizable box options are capable of rendering the highest level of customer satisfaction, especially when choices are in such abundance.
Healthy fast-food is an upward-spiraling trend, and the Basil Box takes this concept to new heights with the team's ultra-friendly service. (Side: the Ryerson crew is still devoid of some smileage when compared to Square One's more experienced, gushingly passionate team.)
On a final note, I'd like to express my gratification for the invitation and hope to witness the community enjoy their Basil Box experience as much as I did!