Exotic Thai food awaits you on City Road

Want to try something different? Take a visit to Chilli Basil on City Road for a heavenly Thai-flavoured surprise.

Chilli Basil is a hidden gem in Roath you can’t afford to miss.
Owned by an Indian chef who began his career as an apprentice in a Thai restaurant, he decides to open his own business at the intersection of City Road and Strathnairn Street.

Environment & atmosphere

With just four tables and maximum capacity of 16 customers in the compact restaurant, it might mean that you will have to wait if you visit at rush hours or you can opt for their delivery service. We got luck and had a table immediately at 8pm.
The place is clean and tidy. The mint green walls give off a refreshing vibe. Matching with wooden tables and dark brown chair is the warm yellowish lighting, nothing fancy yet all designed to exude a cozy ambiance.


All staff members are very efficient. It took last than ten minutes for our orders to come and feed our growling stomach. The friendly waiter also asked about my camera and we had an interesting conversation. I wish he had asked us about their food – they would get some amazing compliments!

Culinary skills, food quality & portion

The menu is exceptionally exotic – Thai-style salad, fish cake, curry, soup and more. The food portion is just right. On this occasion, we’ve ordered two starters and two main courses:

Spicy Thai fish cake, £4.20

The fish cakes are served with homemade sweet and chilli sauce.The bright garnish harmonises with the brown fish cakes to visually stimulate customers’ appetite.

Prawn spring rolls, £3.50

Also comes in four pieces, the spring rolls are deep fried, giving them a dark golden yellow crispy crust. The food is burning hot and the prawns taste very fresh.

Chicken pad Thai, £5.99

Pad Thai is a traditional fried noodles dish. Coated in sweet sauce, this rice noodle is slippery, laden with tender chicken meat and sliced carrots and spring onions.

Beef yellow curry with rice, £5.99

This creamy curry blends savoury flavour and coconut’s sweetness perfectly but it is a little mild on spice. Along with the beef comes diced bell peppers, bamboo shoots and more vibrant vegetables.


As a whole, Chilli Basil would be ideal for small groups of friends who want to hang out and enjoy the delicious tropical flavour. The price is also very reasonable.

Star rating

Overall: ☆☆☆☆
Hygiene & decoration: ☆☆☆☆
Taste: ☆☆☆☆
Location & opening hours: ☆☆☆☆☆

Chilli Basil closes on Mondays but opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12pm to 10pm.

Visit the restaurant following this map: