Camile Sligo Delivery Zones

Camile Thai is excited to announce we’re extending the delivery zone for our Sligo restaurant! For the next few weeks, we’ll be delivering all the way to Strandhill and Rosses Point!

Please ring the Sligo shop at (071) 914 9344 to place an order from these locations.
Please note that a further delivery location may incur a higher charge. Thanks and we can’t wait for your order!

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How to Grow Basil in a Camile Cup

How to Grow Basil in a Camile Compostable Cup – #CamileSeedProject

Many thanks to the “How To Culinary Herb Garden” for this information.

Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow from seed. When grown under the right factors, you can successfully grow this herb & be ready to harvest your plants in as little as 3-4 weeks!

Here is everything you will need. If you received a free starter kit from Camile Thai, you’re nearly there!

  • Basil Seeds. A typical packet holds way more than one Camile cup can hold. Find other soil & containers, or leave them in a friend’s mailbox!
  • Starter Pot with Drainage Holes. When you dump out the soil to moisten it, poke a few holes in the bottom of your cup with a pen. 
  • Compostable Lid
  • High Quality Compost
  • Some sort of big container/bowl for wettening the soil
  • Sunny Window, Balcony or Garden
  • A gentle method for light watering (spritzer is best)

Stage One: From Seed to Germination

Gather all your materials to a working area. Empty 90% of your dirt into a large bowl, keeping the remaining 10% separate (and dry, in the next step.) 

Create drainage holes for your seedling pot by poking holes in the bottom of your Camile cup with a pen.

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare basil seeds for planting. But soaking them in warm water overnight will give them a good head start, and help to speed up germination.

Prepare the soil. Fill the tub with the dry soil provided, add water & mix until your soil is just moist enough to hold together in your hand. It’s best to use your hands to test the consistency of the mixture when you are just starting out. Go slow with the water, especially if the only soil you have on hand is from our Seed Project kit.

Fill your pot to about 1 inch below the top with the moistened soil. Plant a few seeds spread evenly around the pot (we’d say about 6). Tip: always plant extra seeds in case a few don’t sprout. Cover the seeds with a sprinkling of soil. Basil seeds are tiny, and should only be planted 1/4″ deep.

Mist your seeds with water, lightly spray them, or use your fingers to add a few droplets. We want to ensure the seed has good contact with the soil, so it knows it is time to grow. If you expose any seeds when doing this just gently push them back in.

For seed starting, the soil needs to be damp to the touch. You should be able to see a small pad of moisture on your fingertip after you lightly touch the soil.

In the right conditions, basil seeds germinate pretty quickly. On average, germination takes about 5-10 days. But sometimes they can be faster.

Once you see sprouts, remove the lid immediately even if just 1 seed has germinated.

Step Two: From Germination to Plant

It’s always exciting to see the little seeds break the soil. Now you need to take care of them. Use the following guidelines & you should do just fine.

At this point, you can either transfer the germinated seedlings to a longer-term pot (better for watering) or continue to grow them in the Camile cup. It’s always better to give them more space to grow, but if you only want a small window plant, you can keep using our cup without much fuss. 

Water your seedlings about twice a week. This may fluctuate depending on the humidity. When the top of the soil looks dry, it is time to water.

Basil loves warm sun. Make sure your plant gets at least 6 hours of sunlight. In the early growing phases, you need to provide as much light as possible to create a healthy well-branched plant. 12-16 hours of light is recommended for young seedlings. You can even place a regular lamp placed close to the seedling in a pinch. Position your plant about 2-3 inches below your lights. 

Plants need good air circulation & movement to remain healthy. Think about how they grow outside with the wind blowing. This does two things – the wind keeps the air moving providing a constant supply of fresh air & good circulation. Stagnant air can lead to the seedlings staying too wet & growing mold. 

Give them space. Make sure the seedlings have enough space. Gently run your hand over the tops of the seedlings each day. This will simulate movement caused by the wind blowing helping your seedlings to stay strong.

Step Three: How to Get the Most Beautiful Basil

The basil you see in the supermarket is bushy & beautiful, but basil will not grow this way on its own. If you don’t prune your basil plant, it will grow straight up & not produce enough for all the great Thai recipes you will want to make!

The key to getting a nicely branched, bushy plant with lots of leaves for picking is to prune it early & often. You should do this every few weeks to make the most from your basil plant. The first time to do this is when the plants get to be about 6 inches high, when it has between 3 & 5 sets of leaves.

The first set of leaves you see will be the seed leaves – those don’t count & will eventually fall off as your plant grows. The next set of leaves to grow are called the “true leaves.” The seed leaves are pictured on the right and left of the photo below.

You can start pruning your basil plants as soon as they have three sets of true leaves. There will be one on top & two sets on either side of the main stem. Once the two smaller sets start growing, you can cut off the main stem just after the set of leaves. Your plant should put out two more stems about where the leaves are.

Place the cut mark just after a set of leaves. After these new shoots are about 4 inches long, repeat this process on the new stems. You can use the cuttings for your next Thai dish!

You can start harvesting your basil as soon as it has 6 or more leaves.

When you are ready to harvest your basil, you want to cut off full stems similar to the way we pruned it.  This will promote a nice bushy plant & it will continue to grow & produce ever more leaves & branches.  Select a tall section & look down on the branch to where you see 2 leaves. This is a good spot to cut, just after the 2 leaves. Depending how much basil you need for your recipes, continue this process around the plant.

We hope you enjoy this little project and it gets you started on a culinary and gardening journey. Be sure to show us your seedling’s project on our Instagram, @camilethaiirl, and use the hashtag #camileseedproject!

Camile Navan Delivery Zones

Camile Thai is excited to announce we’re doubling the delivery zone for our Navan restaurant! We’ll be trialling the following locations for the next few weeks:

Kells Rd., Boyne Road, Bohermeen, Robinstown, Carne Hill, Kentstown, Kilcarn, Slane, Kilmessan, Proudstown, Oldtown Road, and Cannistown

Please ring the Navan shop at (046) 909 9000 to place an order from these locations.

Please note that a further delivery location may incur a higher charge. Thanks and we can’t wait for your order!

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How to Order Collection Safely during COVID-19

Having had time to reflect, we feel the time is right to re-open for collections with added restrictions (whereby guests will not be able to enter the premises). We will only continue to do this if we feel we can protect our guests and staff. This applies to the vast majority of branches – check your local branch status here.

For collection by foot, the following system will be enacted:

1.) Guest arrives at branch keeping safe social distancing on marked areas outside.

2.) Phones Camile to say they are outside (phone number of branch will be on a poster at the door). There will be a table across the doorway preventing guests from entering the premises. Payment must be arranged over the phone or through online ordering – no cash accepted.

3.) Collection order brought to front door put on table and customers name called out

For collection by car, the following system will  be enacted:

1.) Guest arrives at branch

2.) Phones Camile to say they are outside, where they are parked and description of car

3.) Collection orders delivered to boot of guests car (contactless transaction)


We are hopeful that this process will ensure a much better and safer process for both our staff and guests. Thanks for everyone’s help and participation in this! Stay tuned for further updates.

Recipe Cards for April 16 Cookery Class

View our first Cookery Class (Green Chicken Curry and Po Pia Sot) here


Chef Nachi returns for a free Camile cookery class this Saturday 11am on FB live. No flames required, as we’ll be whipping up Thai classics Tom Yam Goong and Po Pia Sot. Tune in here!


*This is for one serving, scale up as desired

300ml Chicken Stock

1 Stalk Lemongrass

15g Galangal

2 Lime Leaves

5g Tom Yam Paste

3 Red Chilis, Sliced

15g Fish Sauce

15g Lime Juice

1/4 onion sliced

2g coriander leaves

6 prawns

2 cherry tomatoes

2 mushrooms cut in 1/4

1 spring onion, sliced





Pickled Ginger

Thinly Sliced Carrots


Rice Paper

Iceberg Lettuce

Mixed Leaves


Red Chili, Sliced

Mint leaf

For the dip


Wasabi Paste

⁣⁣⁣In Ireland, the gorgeous Asia Market is open if you want to grab these ingredients or get ’em delivered! Alternately, any Asian grocery worth their Himalayan sea salt should have these ingredients. Tune in and enjoy! – Camile