I like MOST foods and there is very little I will not give a try, however I do NOT like basil - I recently had something with basil pesto in it and I almost could not eat it.....very odd as I like all other herbs and spices.
I have tasted both good and bad Pesto, and the bad one almost put me off all pesto blends for life!!! I believe that it is definitely a matter of carefully balancing your flavours.I find Aniseed Basil(I think this may be called Greek Basil in many places) is just TOOOOOO strong for me in any situation.There is some growing in my yard which seeded from next door, and I even dislike the smell when the lawn is mowed as it is so darned pungent!! Despite pulling it out, more seeds seem to always grow in just that one spot!
Heh you would not like my cooking then, I put basil in almost everything. I have two gigantic Greek basil bushes in my front garden. Jonaj wouldn't like it either as I grow and use a lot of chillis too.
It depends what the herb is in. I do not like mint for instance in any savory dishes . Basil is good but can be off putting if not paired properly. Also , bay is a tricky one it can quickly overpower a dish.
The first which comes to mind is Coriander/Cilantro!! I do not even like the smell of these.Coming a VERY close second, almost on a par actually, is Sage! I do like Pineapple Sage though! It is lovely in an iced tea brew! There are so many different varieties of basil that I can admit to disliking several of those as well, as they are just too overpowering for me! My favourite Basil is Lemon Basil which I use when I am cooking fish.It is just delightful! Often with herbs, Less is More! I grow a lovely variety of herbs in my garden, and I really love to use them when they are so fresh!
I don't like coriander. It took me a long while to realise that coriander made me feel ill after eating it, in Thai dishes I was thinking it was the lemon grass. But after a few meals I sorted out that it was the coriander. I have a really bad reaction to it, even then next couple of days after eating it. It revolts me, and I just don't know why.