Duck Choo Chee from Basil n' Spice on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, MA

Worcester Foodies’ October pick was Basil n’ Spice, a Thai restaurant tucked behind Funky Murphy’s on Shrewsbury Street. The atmosphere is welcoming, bright, and clean with a trendy Asian-inspired décor.

I ordered a Mai Tai to start the beverage train rolling. I thought it was better than average. It was definitely good enough to order a second one.

I chose the Thai wings for my appetizer. In a word, boring. Deep fried. Over cooked. No flavor.

For my entrée, I went with my Thai standby: Duck Choo Chee. Many times this entrée is not be on the menu, but Thai restaurants usually have duck and several types of curry-based Choo Chee sauces so they can always put it together.

My duck was a little on the dry side, however, the Choo Chee curry was the best I’ve had around Worcester. I once read that a good Choo Chee curry should have a very prominent coconut smell with some red coconut oil on top. Well, this had both, along with a nice flavorful spice, which made up for the dry duck.

The menu is reasonably priced. Our service was excellent. Two waitstaff along with the owner tended to our group of hungry foodies with coordinated and thorough attention. I will give Basil n’ Spice another try, but on this round I was moderately impressed.