“You can never go wrong with Thai food.” Most of the people we knew tell the same thing about the country’s cuisine. Even the fruits are making sound in the market! I personally like their mangoes. Other Thai food that I love are Tom Yum (spicy shrimp soup) and of course Pad Thai (Thai style fried noodles). And if you ask for the husband, he loves..uhm…ALL since he loves to eat :p Lucky that we got to taste some authentic Thai cuisines without leaving the city at the Lemongrass Thai Restaurant in Oud Metha.
The restaurant is conveniently located at Oud Metha near Lamcy Plaza. You can take the Metro Green Line and walk for about 10 minutes from Oud Metha station. They also have a branch in Al Ghurair mall. To those who are in Abu Dhabi, they have in Galleria mall and Cascade Walk near Ferrari world. And if you feel lazy to go to the restaurant, you can opt to order online and have a feast at the comfort of your home. As for us, we drive and found a lot of parking space in Lamcy square.
A combination of traditional yet modern setting will greet you as soon as you step inside the restaurant. From the colors, lighting and materials used to decorate the place, it’s safe to say that these guys wants their diner to feel transported in Thailand yet still feel the vibrant Dubai. Wooden chairs and tables, unique framings, Buddhas and photos of the popular places in Thailand are the noticeable stuff that made up the true feels. On each table, the minimal designs are commendable -a mini flower and an electric light are placed.
The New Food Menu
Lynchee Lychee (Welcome Drink)
Our culinary adventure started with a very refreshing drink – the Lynchee Lychee. It’s a colored blue drink made of fresh mint and blue curacao topped with a sweet lychee on the stick. With its cool color and burst of flavor minty and sweet, I must say that it’s a perfect way to welcome. We also have the option to choose an additional beverage so we ordered a King Parapo and Thai tea. Both drinks we’re so refreshing.
The true journey began when the starters arrived. The Tod Man Pla wins my heart since it’s a childhood favorite street food – fish balls, but this comes with a twist as it comes with a tasty ajad sauce and not the usual sweet and sour sauce I used to have before. My husband’s choice was the Poh Pia Tod Je, vegetable spring rolls served with a sweet plum sauce. As you’d know him, he loves sweet food. He even asked for a chocolate drink!haha
With the salads, we both commend the Yum Ped Yang (roasted duck with nuts, fresh fruits and herb salad) and the Som Tam (papaya salad with chilli, garlic, tomato, shrimps, grilled chicken and lime juice). The roasted duck was perfectly cooked and soft to chew. I can say that the nuts made it tastier. Surprisingly, the husband who wasn’t a fan of salads loved both of it. I’m not sure if it’s because of the meat in it or a changed to a healthy lifestyle :p
When the main courses arrived, my husband barely has the space in his stomach as he finished most of the starters and salads. As for me, I learned my lesson and make sure to always save a room for the main course and dessert 🙂 Lovers of sweet food will celebrate with the Pla Samunprai as the tamarind sauce made a sweet tangy taste to the crispy red snapper (a type of fish).
The Goong Tod Kratiam, flawlessly tossed prawns combined with pepper and garlic sauce will surely be a favorite among diners as it really taste good and crunchy. It’s my favorite among the 5 main courses served plus the Pad Thai Je – wok fried noodles with bean sprouts, tofu and chives. You can decide the level of spiciness as the chili mix is place on the side.
While the husband raves about the Kao Pad Sapparod. Apart from the fact that it’s rice (The first thing looked for when we’re in Greece! haha :p) it is served in a whole pineapple! Truly is a stunner among the main courses. Taste was commendable too as it comes with prawns, chicken, egg and cashew nuts.
Another favorite of the husband was the Pad Kapraow Taohoo (stir fried assorted mushrooms with tofu in hot basil sauce). As he told me, two of his favorites are in this dish – mushroom and tofu. Lemongrass restaurant can make my husband healthy as he can now eat salad and a vegetarian dish like this one 🙂
Before the final menu came – the dessert Kao Niaw Mamuang, I am hoping to taste even a bit of Thai mangoes. And my wish was answered when the dessert arrived! It has mango in it! As expected, the mango was sweet but not overly sweet as it combines with the coconut milk and sticky rice. Our tasting experience was ended with a pot of green tea with some Thai fortune roll on the side 🙂
The Staff and Service
From the moment Beverly received us up to the moment we bid goodbye to the staff, we felt the hospitality and warm of this restaurant. All the staff who served the food was polite and attentive. Kudos to Chef Thira for a job well done, this new menu will surely make every diner return for more. Beverly, Max and even the Thai Chef visited each table to ask about the food or the mere question if we need anything else.
It was a lovely dining experience at Lemongrass Thai restaurant. The delicious food, the authentic cuisines served, perfect plating, casual atmosphere and of course the warm hospitality and attentiveness of the staff are the things that every diner looked for in a restaurant. I can genuinely say that all of these are ticked in Lemongrass. Now we can’t wait to return 🙂
For more information about the restaurant, visit their official website.
*We were invited by Lemongrass Restaurant. However, all opinions are our own.