Yum: review of Lemongrass

Yum: review of Lemongrass

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This pad thai comes with chopped roasted peanuts, sugar and lime wedges
This pad thai comes with chopped roasted peanuts, sugar and lime wedges
Photo: Lucy Christie/SCMP

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Light and crispy vegetable spring rolls
Light and crispy vegetable spring rolls
Photo: Lucy Christie/SCMP

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Bowl of vegetable green curry packed with a variety of vegetables and served with a bowl of rice on the side
Bowl of vegetable green curry packed with a variety of vegetables and served with a bowl of rice on the side
Photo: Lucy Christie/SCMP

Lemongrass

Shop 128B, 1/F, Phase 2,
Olympian City 2, 
Tai Kok Tsui
Tel: 2387 1777

Grub: Thai

Vibe: This is a relaxed place to eat, with a home-style décor and mismatched tables and chairs, including some sofas and soft seats, but with a modern, stylish edge to everything. If you have younger brothers or sisters, there’s also a play area set up for little children at the weekend.

Who to take: Shopaholics. The restaurant is inside Olympian City mall, near Uniqlo, Mango and H&M, so when you’re tired and hungry from all that shopping, you won’t have to go far to refuel.

What’s hot: The service is very fast. Only a few minutes after our drinks arrived, the food followed. 

The bowl of vegetable green curry is packed with a variety of vegetables with a bowl of rice on the side. However, unlike a lot of places, they also give you a separate plate which means you can serve yourself and choose the amount of sauce and rice you want. It’s a small touch, but it makes a difference.

The pad thai comes with decent helpings of chopped roasted peanuts, sugar and lime wedges, but it would have been nice to have had some more vegetables stirred through it. It’s served with a huge shrimp on top, but this doesn’t make the whole dish taste fishy, and the restaurant are happy to leave it out if you aren’t a fan.

The vegetable spring rolls are light and crispy, and the filling is evenly shredded and distributed. This is good news because it means one end isn’t stuffed to the brim while the other is a bite of pastry and air – so important in a spring roll!

What’s not: The portion sizes are a bit erratic. The appetisers were more than enough for two to share, and the green curry was very generous, but the pad thai wasn’t enough for a main course. 

Cost: The tea set, from 2pm-4pm, offers a choice of mains ranging from HK$54 to HK$72, including coffee or tea. 

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