Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant
Restaurant Review by Ken Stewart, The Guam Food Guy
Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant
Agat Commercial Point (across from Inn on the Bay)
Hooray! We found another one, and this time, it's definitely a "keeper"! I'm talking about Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant, which has only been open since early August. It is in the same location as the former Fortune Cookie Thai Restaurant. In fact, they literally transitioned from one to the other within a short time frame! Their a la carte menu replica cartier watches (the restaurant's true treasure trove) is offered Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 5 - 9 p.m. Imagine, a Thai Restaurant open on Sunday night!!! Moreover, it's not just any Thai restaurant, it is among the best on island, with food so tasty that even customers from Andersen AFB will make the long drive to Agat to get their Lemon Grass fix!
Why would I say this after a first time visit? Well, I went for lunch and returned for dinner on the same day. Everything I ate seemed to radiate flavors and freshness. I was even surprised by the Spring Roll, which was greaseless, crispy, and tasty. I had the iced tea (they have both sweetened and un-sweetened). The Fried Bananas wore black sesame seeds and were crunchier and tastier than other fried bananas I've had.
I met the owner, Noi , who had come out of the kitchen where she'd been cooking up a storm. I introduced myself and told her I was enjoying the lunch buffet(no longer available) and that I would like to try at least one a la carte dish. I asked if she could make me Phad Kra Prao Moo ($9) Spicy Pork with Thai Basil (Thai style, w/egg). She asked if I liked it spicy and I nodded yes! replica omega watches (I would have a moment of truth about this later). Noi had worked a few years before at Ban Thai where she had established a following. Her cooking is meticulous and exceptional!
Lemon Grass Thai is clean, bright, with plenty of seating in spacious air-conditioned comfort. They play a selection of marvelous Thai music, lending a welcoming "sawadee" ambiance to the entire dining room. The restrooms are clean and the staff are very friendly. The walls are adorned with various types of Thai artwork, so much that wherever you look you'll see something that will engage your eyes and mind. Suddenly, I was brought out my Phad Kra Prao Moo. This looked awesome and was very aromatic with a spicy and sweet steamy fragrance. Nothing like fresh Thai Basil!! Garnished with cucumber slices and carrot, the fried egg was the first thing I cut into, taking a little piece and adding it to some rice with the basil-infused pika pork. Did I say "pika" (spicy) pork? After a few bites my ears were burning and I could feel the heat (my mouth had already gone on alert). Noi came out and asked if I was alright (I said yes, but she saw I was over-heating. She said she used just a little bit of the Ghost Pepper(Bhut Jolokia) which has 1,001,304 Scoville units(our boonie pepper -donne Sali, has 140,000. She apologized and I said it was ok...just had to get used to it! She brought me more napkins to help with the sweat! I did eat half of this wonderful plate and brought it home.
When I returned later for dinner with Zee, we ordered the Fresh Spring Rolls ($7 - popia sod) and the Chicken Satay ($9 - gai Satay) as appetizers. The Spring Rolls were bigger than usual and filled with carrots, rice noodles, cucumber, tofu, imitation crab, and lettuce. The peanut sauce was thick and rich, however, Zee wanted to kick it up with more heat and added some Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. That did the trick!
The Satay was beautifully presented - I'd even say "glamorous"! The coconut milk on the golden brown grilled skewered meat pieces was tantalizing. Two sauce dishes were on the plate with the four skewers placed in between atop a bed of shredded salad. One had the traditional satay peanut sauce while the other had a sweet vinegar and red onion, replica hermes handbags cucumber, hot pepper dipping sauce akin to finadene. Both worked equally well complementing the satay meat!
Next came another item we ordered, the Spicy Thai Beef Salad ($10-Yam Neur), which was a virtual masterpiece! The red, white, and green color combinations from the tomato, cucumbers, cilantro, green onion, red onion, celery, garlic, and red pepper stimulated my taste buds before I could take my first bite. There was so much tender beef, too This was an awesome and flavorful dish, again ranking high among my favorites.
We then had the Fried Noodles with Black Soybean Sauce (Phad siew) with Shrimp $9). I liked the chewy texture of these richly flavored noodles...almost al dente. The broccoli pieces and carrot slices gave color and texture to this dark-colored dish. The shrimp were plentiful and meaty.
Wow, it was amazing how we were still managing to eat as the final dish we ordered came was delivered. It was Noi's Panang Curry ($12-Phad panang gai), with chicken. This is one of those "WOW" dishes, the kind that once you taste you begin making "mmmmmmmm" noises! We'd ordered this spicy and it didn't disappoint 2014 Replica Watches (no ghost peppers!!). It was absolutely a first level panang and definitely praiseworthy. Needless to say, we had plenty of left-overs, all of which had flavors that deepened and intensified over time.
On our way out, we saw some friends who were eating an assortment of dishes. I got excited by one and asked if I could at least take a photo for this review. It was the Steamed Fish Filet w/Tofu ($10), and though I'd seen it on the menu, I couldn't imagine what it would look like. Now we know!!
Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant doesn't serve any alcohol, which didn't create a problem for us. I had the Thai Tea (well made of course) and Zee had water. The food we ate at Lemon Grass Thai was made with a genuine love and respect for the food, the ingredients, and the customer. The dining experience here can only get better as this new restaurant's owners work on improving the physical aesthetics replica watches (fluorescent lights and large open spaces). However, for all the diners I saw at lunch & during dinner-no one paid any attention to these frivolous details...they were there to eat!!