Lemongrass, Bangkok

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Sukhumvit Soi 24 (02) 2588637

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    Lemongrass: Lemongrass Restaurant

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    This venerated restaurant can be found about 100 metres into Soi 24 off Sukhumvit Road.

    It has been one of the most acclaimed Thai restaurants in Bangkok for many years and it is housed in rustic teak Thai house, with dark wood paneling inside which gives the restaurant a peaceful yet sombre ambience.

    Before committing this review to print we dined there on three occasions.

    The first night, despite booking and having the reservation confirmed on the day of the visitation, we arrived to find that our names were not on the reservation list.

    However a table was found for us but in hindsight it would have been better if they hadn't as what followed was a Keystone Cops routine.

    Firstly our entrees arrived and they were not our order.

    When they did arrive mine was correct and hers was wrong. I ate mine while she sat and waited for hers. After 15 minutes it arrived but it was barely warm.

    The main courses were just OK and with two bottles of beer and a gin and tonic the bill came out at 1100 baht which included 7.5% VAT and a 10% service charge.

    As a chef I know only too well from experience that things can go horribly wrong in the kitchen, particularly if a rookie is at the helm.

    So we paid another visit a week later, once again being prudent enough to make a reservation.

    This time our names were on the reserved list, but we need not have bothered as there were only 12 other diners that evening which could in part be put down the moonsoonal cloudburst that had hit Bangkok an hour earlier, leaving the soi knee high in rain water.

    On this second occasion we ordered Tom Young Goon (the litmus test for all Thai food), and the tureen came to the table with sufficient broth for four helpings.

    At 200 baht it was one of the most expensive Tom's that we have had and it was no better and no worse that any other eatery in Thailand.

    For the main courses we had Duck Red Curry (275 baht), Pork Yellow Curry (275 baht), and a Son Tom salad (200 baht) and two servings of jasmine rice (60 baht).

    The food was nowhere near as good as on other visitations over the years and the prices had escalated markedly.

    On this terribly wet evening we had two gin and tonics (180 baht each), and two large bottles of Heineken (120 baht each), with the total bill rounding out at just a little short of 2000 baht which at the time equated to $AUD64 which also included the mandatory 7.5% VAT and the equally mandatory 10% service charge.

    We felt this was not value for money and the cooking and presentation was no better than a hundred other restaurants in the immediate vicinity whose total tabs would have been very much cheaper.

    Once again I was reluctant to put the boot into the revered Lemongrass, so on the third occasion we went with a Swiss chef who has worked in Bangkok for the past three years.

    On this final occasion it was deja vu the first.

    Our reservation was not on the reserved list, so we sat at the bar for over half an hour drinking some Luke warm Singha until a table was found for us.

    We ordered duck soup (185 baht), Tom Young Goon (200 baht), Thai fried noodles (195 baht), Garoupa with chilli and basil (350 baht) and chicken green curry (250 baht) and three serves of jasmine rice (180 baht).

    Once again we found the food unremarkable and our Swiss friend Walter agreed.

    The tab for this particular evening was almost a Gold Card job as with the drinks at the bar beforehand (430 baht), and six bottles of Heineken with our meals (720 baht), the bill came in at a whopping 2430 baht ($AUD89.00).

    So after three visits I think it can be said that I was more than fair in giving Lemongrass a chance to live up to its vaulted reputation.

    For us it represented no value for money, it inexplicably failed to record our reservations on two occasion, and its food was nowhere near what it was a few years ago.

    Sometimes when a long established restaurant changes hands or head chefs it can lose its ardor and spirit and this is what Walter and I concurred had happened.

    VERDICT: Not recommended. No value for money. You could eat just as well nearby for half of the prices charged by Lemongrass.

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    Lemongrass: Dining at Lemongrass

    by fattytuna Updated Sep 27, 2006

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    This is a famous restaurant in Bangkok (I guess) and is mentioned in many travel guide books.

    Overall, the food and service were good.

    When we were there, we saw a number of dressed people came in. Looked like some higher class or business people in the city. Perhaps the place is popular among local people too.

    Favorite Dish: To be honest, I don't quite remember what we ordered that night. Something pretty ordinary. But I could remember the food was good.

    They got a couple interesting drinks too, you might try them.

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    Lemongrass: Delicious Thai food in the heart of Sukhumvit

    by aukahkay Written Feb 2, 2006

    Located in a soi off main Sukhumvit Road is Lemongrass Restaurant. It is a restaurant popular with tourists and expatriates. The restaurant is housed in a small Thai mansion off Sukhumvit Soi 24. Reservations are essential.

    Favorite Dish: Green curry chicken. It is my perennial favourite. It is not too spicy and suited for Western taste buds.

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    Lemongrass: My first VT meeting in Bangkok

    by pmarshuk Written Nov 16, 2005

    Situated on Sukhumvit Soi 24 close to Phrom Phong skytrain station and also very near the Emporium shopping mall. A group of us came here for my first VT meeting in Bangkok - organised by Yen, also there were and husband Albert, Nim, Neng, Patt, Winston and his girlfriend Marina.
    The food was good but the service was a bit slow even for Thailand. However most of the time was spent talking.

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  • Lemongrass: Gourmet standard Thai Food at reasonable prices

    by baby_grassie Written Jul 6, 2005

    Famous Thai restaurant located at Sukhumvit Road (near Emporium). For such a touristy place, the price is very reasonable, and the quality of the food is superb. Restaurant is always full, especially for Dinner, so make a reservation if you can before going down. They have an outdoor area for those who smoke, but can get very stuffy due to the weather there.

    Favorite Dish: Pineapple Rice
    Mango Salad

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    Lemon Grass Restaurant: Lemon Grass

    by peerapa Updated Apr 5, 2005

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    Lemon Grass Restaurant offers innovative fusion cuisine. Located in an old house, the decor is a strange mix of Asian and Western.

    Open time:
    Lunch: 11am-2pm daily
    Dinner: 6pm-11pm daily.

    Favorite Dish: Tomka Gai Sai Hua Plee Pao (Chicken and banana flower in coconut milk), Minced Chicken and Ginger Served in Cabbage Leaves, Lemon Grass Iced Tea

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    Lemon Grass: Lemon Grass

    by KilgoreTrout Updated Oct 23, 2003

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    Pleasant traditional-style building. Very friendly service (actually, that really ain't so unique for Thailand!). Scrumptious, exquisite food that teases your taste-buds with sharp, yet subtle flavours. Wonderfully fresh....

    Prices pretty good

    Open for lunch and dinner

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    Lemon Grass: Lemongrass Thai food - updated for Jan 2003 trip

    by Audrey118 Updated Feb 2, 2003

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    intimate restaurant with also outdoor dining, maintaining the traditional taste

    reservation is essential for dinner

    Favorite Dish: green curries with roast duck meat, tom yam soup with prawns, grilled lemon grass chicken which has crushed nut topping, pineapple rice, fried pomfret fish with chilli topping - asked to be spearted if you fear fot the spiciness...coconut icecream which has some jack fruit in it, mango with sticky rice

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    Lemongrass: Loved The Pomfret!

    by syllybabe Written Feb 1, 2003

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    Just across the street from the Emporium, take the side door from the cosmetics section and you'll see Lemongrass.
    A cozy restaurant with traditional thai decor and an attentive staff, Lemongrass is perfect for dinner with friends.
    We met up with Audrey and her husband and enjoyed some wine with excellent thai food.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered the pomelo salad, deep fried pomfret with chili sauce, and lemongrass chicken and a green curry dish. Everything was yummy and not too heavy on the chili.

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    Lemongrass: Good Thai food in authentic Thai style restaurant

    by phil_uk_net Updated Dec 19, 2002

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    This was a Lonely Planet suggestion which is unusual for me as I rarely look at their 'Where to Eat' info.
    The food is very tasty even though it was about 3 times as expensive as I'm used to paying in Thailand (still cheap compared to most other places though).
    The inside of the restaurant is Thai style with lots of carved wood and antiques, which was nice to see. It's amazing that apart from Jim Thompson's house I have seen very few places in Bangkok that have what I consider to be a true Thai style interior.
    The ambience was very pleasant but it was not the place to be eating alone as it is quite intimate and I felt conspicuous being by myself. Also, there looked to be some nice dishes that were intended for several people to share.

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    Lemongrass (Bangkok, Thailand)

    by ubiq Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Lemongrass (Bangkok, Thailand)
    very rich and tasteful modern Thai kitchen with mid range prices

    Favorite Dish: all menu lis; for example spicy chili beef salad; herbs-marinated chicken with peanuts; roasted duck in spicy sauce

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