The New Fusion: Thai Food Meets Drag

Chinky strikes a pose during her number

Located at 1639 NW Glisan St. you will find Oasisba Asian Fusion and Bar formally known as Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine. On the 19th of September 2010, Oasisba opened its doors and started putting on a show.

Drag Queen/Female illusionists now double as servers and entertainment. They seat you, serve your food, and still find time to get up on stage and perform.

Our servers/performers for the night were Phaedra Knight and “Chinky.” After our cocktails, a refreshing Basil Martini (made with Absolute Mandarin & Citron, triple-sec, lemon juice, and sweet basil leaves), and a “Thai Me Down” (Thai Iced Tea with cream and Maker’s Mark) were served the show began.

Stepping off the stage after her first number, Phaedra served our food, Pad Kee Mao for me and Singapore Street Noodles for my boyfriend. I am by no means a food critic, but I would give three and half out of five starts for the food. In a town that offers excellent, it was good.

The service was easily a five out of five. In addition, having seen my fair share of drag performances, I would say it was fun and interesting, especially given the surroundings. Of all the things I ever thought I would see in a restaurant, a drag performance isn’t one of them. Should you go? Yes, you should.

Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. Tues.-Sat., dinner is served 4:30p.m.-10:00p.m. nightly. The show starts at 6 p.m. seven nights a week.

1 comment to The New Fusion: Thai Food Meets Drag

  • Max

    I totally walked by on my way from work to my car this evening! Looking into the window of a Thai food restaurant, the last thing i expected to see was a drag queen lip-syncing on stage! When she saw me looking in, she smiled and winked at me, mid-act. I was beginning to think I was losing my mind and imagining drag queens everywhere i went. Thanks for clearing up this mystery!