“I’ve NEVER had Thai food before,” said my friend, Hannah.
It was a dark and stormy…no, it wasn’t. It was a clear, sunny day at the office*. I’d roped in three colleagues: Hannah, Gavin and John to volunteer at a concert being hosted by my brother’s school at the Al Badia Golf Club. We were deciding where to go for dinner afterward. It was set: Lemongrass.
I’d actually never been to Lemongrass before, so was quite looking forward to this night. After a fun event, we piled into Guido (my little red Czech piece of beauty) and scooted off towards the Thai restaurant. Our first snag was when there was a waiting list for a table. Should we wait, or should we not?
We stuck to our guns and waited, and soon enough, we snagged a table for four. Four of us, clothed in black (the dress code the volunteers had to adhere to for the event), sat at the tables and pored over the menu.
First up: the Lemongrass set, which contains a delightful mix of starters including: mixed vegetable spring rolls, marinated chicken in pandan leaf, glass noodle salad with minced chicken and prawn cakes. Now, all were excellent, but I must point out that the chicken in pandan leaf was amazing. I’ve been to Lemongrass many times since the time I took these photos, and it has never failed to satisfy. I’ve also tasted chicken in pandan in many other restaurants, and till now nothing has matched.
The satay chicken was good, though nothing out of this world. The Thai green curry was to my liking; I enjoyed swirling it with my fragrant rice and munching it down. Really liked the pad thai dish – it’s one of the staple things I order in a Thai restaurant, and this one is decent. Enjoyable every time.
Big shout out to the desserts: I’ve tried quite a few of them now and every one has a distinct, pleasing character.
Lemongrass is a reliable old hand – one that knows what it does well and sticks to the formula. The atmosphere is equally pleasing; relaxed and calming. The staff there is great, and very helpful with the menu. I would advise you to book in advance if possible since the tables do fill up very, very fast.
So if you want to be assured of a good time out, with equally good Thai food, this one is a safe bet. Not disappointed yet.
* I’m writing this TEN months after the happenings in this post, which explains my sketchiness in remembering a few things like dish names! Apologies.
Practical tips: Park in the big parking lot in front of Lamcy Plaza, although be warned this gets full up during the weekend/evenings. It’s AED 2 per hour for parking, until 9pm.