Lemongrass (176 Lygon Street, Carlton. Ph: 9662 2244) has long been right at home in Melbourne’s Little Italy. And although an odd place to find Thai cuisine that is actually flavoursome and good, Lemongrass is a nice change from the usual Italian fare.
Thai cuisine can easily swing from the cad to the good. Lemongrass generally leans to the good side but can sometimes lapse in its quality. The flavours and taste of each meal is everything you expect in Thai cuisine and although the usual favourites are there, Lemongrass offers other dishes which introduce diners to new experiences and tastes in Thai cuisine.
Set in an opulent setting, Lemongrass sits inside a period shop front and decked out with large golden lions, multi-arm buddas, elephants and beautifully arranged oriental flower pieces. Its dark charcoal walls, intimate lighting and bellhop suited staff add to the intimacy to a romantic night out. Small groups can have their own partially private rooms while exceptionally large groups can book out the entire second floor for functions.
Lemongrass exceeds in what it does best – its traditional dishes. Each dish is a kalideoscope of ingredients, flavours and colours and is presented in exceptional quality and with the right group of people it can be a ball of fun.
Although the traditionally dressed waitresses are gone (which added to part of the restaurants charm and experience), diners will walk away from Lemongrass generally very happy. Only beware that you may pay more than you might expect. But hey, you only live once.
Visit Lemongrass online – www.lemongrassrestaurant.com.au
2.5 of 5