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The Lemon Grass

Posted in OlyCOOL—the premier-ish guide to Olympia.

Then there’s Lemon Grass, which has the best Thai food in town. Or, so we were told, at least. I’m not so sure if that’s really the case, but the spot is certainly good, even thought I have a hard time calling it great.

A big part of how Lemon Grass might charm a lot of people, is the level of professionalism it exudes. The interiors are well thought out, and the staff is professional. There’s a full bar. It’s a spot that knows how to present itself.

The food, though, seems to be a bit of a roller coaster ride.

I gave the tom yum gai–one of my favorite types of soup–a shot, and it wasn’t really bad, but definitely a little dull. At three out of four stars, there was a distinct lack of heat, and the coconut milk wasn’t particularly prevalent. At ¢75 extra, it’s not like the coconut breaks the bank, but I would have expected it to give the dish bit more of an oomph at least.

Other than that, it was a good baseline soup. Not exciting, not mind-blowing, but not bad in any way, either. And the dish is big enough to serve four people.

The pad siew, on the other hand, was better. The rice noodles had a nice bite to them, and the sweet sauce added a bit of depth without being overpowering. I always find tofu to be a fickle friend, but here they nailed it. Properly cooked, and the sauce was nicely soaked up into it. A life altering dish? Not really; but certainly very good.

And that’s pretty much Lemon Grass… It is good, but not really that amazing. We’ve been to a few Thai places that easily held as good of a standard, most being holes in the walls. We shall keep investigating this incredibly important matter, of course, but for now, Lemon Grass is definitely good. Take that for what it’s worth.