Lemongrass: A Novice Experience

| May 29, 2012
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With the incentive of a Living Social voucher, we went to Lemongrass at 167 West Street for the first time.  It should be pointed out that Paul and I are not very familiar with Thai food, but wanted to finally visit a restaurant in the area of West Street that had been redeveloped to restaurants and retail some time ago.

As Thai novices, we looked at the menu online in advance and saw that there were many appealing selections.  In fact, there were 63 items listed by number.  Most of them came in lunch and dinner portions, and had an indication of “spicy” by the number of chili peppers shown.

We went for lunch on a Friday around 1pm, and found our way inside through the side door, where we were warmly greeted.   Our table for two was situated along the wall.  Paul slid into a seat along a cushioned bench with a high back facing the room, and I sat on a comfortable chair facing the wall, which gave me limited visibility.

The space had a nice atmosphere, tastefully decorated in gray tones.  The windows on West Street brought in the light, and there was a bar area at the other end of the room.  The tables were very close together and it was hard for Paul not to listen to our “neighbor’s” conversations.  It seemed to be mainly a work crowd.

As an appetizer, we selected the lettuce wraps with minced chicken.  At $7.95, there was plenty for both of us.  It was indicated as one chili pepper “spicy”.  The chicken was prepared with lime, chili, mint, and cashews, and served with a chili lime sauce. The plate was garnished with cucumbers, shredded carrots and long stalks of romaine lettuce that served as excellent vehicles to load with the chicken mixture and enjoy!

For my meal, I ordered the filet of grilled salmon with grilled vegetables and choice of sauce.  I chose the slightly spicy (one chili pepper) chili, basil, garlic sauce.  It also came with steamed white rice.  Vegetables included broccoli, carrots, baby corn, tomato, and peppers.   It was absolutely delicious, but next time I would ask either for the sauce on the side (it was served directly on the salmon and vegetables), or possibly try the mild black bean, mushroom, ginger sauce.

Paul ordered the pineapple-fried rice.  It was described as steamed jasmine rice with chicken and shrimp with pineapple, onions, scallions, tomatoes, egg, and cashews.  He was very happy with his choice and shared a chunk of pineapple.

The service was excellent, and we enjoyed our adventure with Thai food at Lemongrass well enough to want to return.  On our way out, we noticed an outdoor eating area that will certainly attract many diners in the beautiful, warm weather ahead.

Lunch for two (no drinks) – $30.59, a great deal with our $25 Living Social voucher.

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Lois Villemaire, originally from the Philadelphia area, has resided in Annapolis for 40 years. She retired from the AA County Office of Planning and Zoning in 2007, and subsequently worked for several years for the Montgomery County Planning Department. Now that she and her husband are retired, they both enjoy their children and grandchildren, golfing, biking, yoga, reading and exploring around Annapolis. Lois currently serves on the City of Annapolis Planning Commission.

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