Recent Channel 7 Coverage Sees Sydney Thai Restaurant Demand Rise, Holy Basil's Christmas Spots Filling Fast

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Sydney Weekender hostess Felicity Urquhart recently reviewed Holy Basil as one of Sydney's top Thai restaurants. As a result of the coverage, the suburban eatery's Christmas bookings are filling up fast.

Sydney is flooded with great Thai restaurants but now there’s a new kid on the block dishing up the classics and Lao food

Holy Basil, one of Sydney's top Thai restaurants is feeling the positive effects from a glowing review they received from Felicity Urquhart, the hostess of Sydney Weekender, a lifestyle show aired on Channel 7. Because of the media coverage, the suburban eatery's Christmas bookings are filling up so fast they can hardly keep up with the reservation requests.

“We are now offering Christmas party functions at both of our Sydney branches,” says Chef Tony Inthavong, co-owner of Holy Basil. “While we already have a number of bookings, but still have some spots left so we invite everyone to consider us for their holiday get-together.”

According to an article published on the Good Food website, Australian diets have undergone significant changes with more and more people eating Chinese or Thai for dinner. Australians simply eat more Asian food compared to around 15 years ago which is backed by a report made by the University of Sydney saying there are more than 3,000 Thai restaurants in Australia, one-quarter of which can be found in Sydney alone.

With a passion to provide high quality, authentic Thai food, Holy Basil was opened. It’s a family owned and operated Thai and Laos restaurant in Sydney and showcases the cuisine of both cultures using the freshest ingredients, herbs and spices which are distinctive of the regions. What’s more, there is both a casual dining eatery and a fine dining section under the same roof.

With Holy Basil’s reputation growing, the Sydney Weekender, a lifestyle show that airs weekly on the Seven Network became aware of the restaurant and reviewed them. The popular show, which investigates the best places to stay, eat and play to help its viewers make the most out of their weekends, recently featured the Thai and Laos restaurant on a recent episode.

The Sydney Weekender’s website mentions that “Sydney is flooded with great Thai restaurants but now there’s a new kid on the block dishing up the classics and Lao food… they find the balance between sweet, sour and spicy to bring you uniquely Thai & Laos cuisines.”

Hostess Felicity Urquhart said “…the flavours are unique and exciting and the dishes are sure to uplift your spirit.”

She specifically preferred the papaya salad, seared ox tongue, deep fried snapper topped with Asian salad, and the chilli roast pork belly in basil and garlic sauce. She was surprised to learn that Holy Basil makes and serves its own gelato filled with uniquely Asian flavours.

To find out more about Holy Basil’s tasty and unique cuisine, or to book a Christmas party function, visit their website at

About Holy Basil

Holy Basil is one of Sydney’s top Thai and Laos restaurants with their dishes being a “retelling on a plate” of these two great cultural heritages. To add to their popularity, they’re also a 2014 Good Food Guide nominee.

There are currently two locations: one in Canley Heights and another in the Sydney CBD. Reservations are available for all types of functions and parties.

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