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The Lemon Grass

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Then there’s Lemon Grass, which serves the best Thai food in town. Or, so we were told. I’m not so sure if that’s really the case, but the spot is certainly good, even thought I have a hard time calling it great.

A big part of how Lemon Grass might charm people is the level of professionalism it exudes. The interiors are well thought out, and the staff is professional. There’s a full bar and the spot knows how to present itself.

The food, though, seems to be a bit of a roller coaster ride.

I gave the tom yum gai–one of my favorite soups–a shot, and it wasn’t really bad, just a bit dull. Ordered with three out of four stars, there was a distinct lack of heat, and the coconut milk wasn’t particularly prevalent. At ¢75 extra, it’s not like the coconut breaks the bank, but I would have expected it to give the dish a bit more of an oomph at least.

So not exciting, not mind-blowing, but not bad, either. And the dish is big enough to serve four people.

The pad siew was better. The rice noodles had a nice bite to them, and the sweet sauce added a bit of depth without being overpowering. I always find tofu to be a fickle friend, but here they did well. Properly cooked, and the sauce was nicely soaked up into it. A life altering dish? Not really; but certainly very good.

And that’s pretty much Lemon Grass… It is good, but not really that amazing. We’ve been to a few Thai places that easily held as good of a standard, most being holes in the walls. We shall keep investigating this incredibly important matter, of course, but for now, Lemon Grass is just fine. Take that for what it’s worth. 

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