Monday, August 30, 2010

Lemongrass Restaurant @ 176, Lygon Street, Carlton

On Lygon Street, there is a famous Thai restaurant amongst the younger crowd, simply because of their generous portions, affordable prices and most of all, it is delicious and has that hint of authenticity despite nest in the surroundings of a hundred or so Italian restaurants, it is Ying Thai 2. 

So finding yourself in front of the restaurant at 7pm on a Sunday night, you might have guessed that there was no way we would be able to get a seat without a booking. 

By no means, is Lemongrass a substitute restaurant to Ying Thai. This place oozes charm and class, the decor and dim lighting suits for a nice romantic date, eventhough i was having dinner with a male pal. Who cares, when you are hungry. 

Despite the rich history linked to this place, opened for 20 years, helmed by a young chef with an able assistant, unfortunately the food didn't do it justice i feel.

Simple dishes like a fried rice came out rather soggy and it seemed more efforts on ensuring that it came out in a nice circle instead of frying the rice into a drier texture. The Pad Thai was rather dismal, lacking the peanuts and had almost non existent amounts of accompaniments like bean curd cubes, bean sprouts, shrimp and chicken. 

The duck curry was a saviour, the curry was rich and not overly spicy, the way it should be. However again, for the price of AUD 28.80, i do not expect half a duck breast as a main portion. Throw in a few more slices of duck meat and this would have lifted our spirits.

When we asked if there was a steam fish and the answer was no, it seemed to me, how authentic Thai could this place serve? They did a fine effort in the Choo Chee fish fillet, tasty but nothing too spectacular. 

Dinner for two with 2 coconut juice comes up to AUD 110, that is a lot of mediocre Thai food to say the least. No wonder the awards that they have up on the wall are rather dated i.e. At least a good 5-10 years ago, something of the past. 

 Address and contact details:
176 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia.
T: (+ 61 3) 9662 2244 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (+ 61 3) 9662 2244      

Verdict: 2.5 stars at most, maybe good enough for someone who hasn't had the real thing but this is not really up to scratch for the price you pay, unless you want a romantic date.


J said...

Mana gambar-gambar?

Sean said...

Hundreds of Italian restaurants? Sounds like a street I'd wanna visit, heheh...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: haha yes u would have a field day there!

j: aiyah no pictures, but you are meant to read the latest post on why no pictures haha. u r too fast!

J said...

Eeyer. Fast oso cannot ah? :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: haha too fast =)

Michelle Chin said...

You should go for vietnamese food instead of thai food.

thule a.k.a leo said...

echo-ing J's comment... where are the pictures!!! become lazier and lazier huh???

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: aiyah, u never read my first post up there meh? haha.

michelle: where?? in town pls, dont ask me to go richmond haha.