In the mood for a late lunch/early dinner last Friday, I placed an advance pickup order from Lemongrass Grill in Park Slope. I usually tend to eat lunch midday, but the anticipation of getting back to Brooklyn for the weekend made it easy to wait until I got off work. Now I know that people say to never let yourself get too hungry, but I allowed myself the opportunity, because I knew what I would have waiting for me: Hot and Sour Thai Soup (Tom Yum), Vegetarian Fresh Rolls, Noodle Mao (Drunken Noodles) and Coconut Cup Cake Thai Pudding for dessert.
Once I picked up my food, the commute was about 25 minutes door-to-door and the first thing I learned is that the Hot and Sour soup travels very well. By the time I got home and poured it into a bowl, it was still hot; so hot, in fact, I had to let it sit for a few minutes before devouring it! I was slightly bothered by the fact that they only gave me two shrimp, but I got over it when I realized that I had only paid $3. For the record though, three or four shrimp would have been nice. Now back to the soup. It had just the right combination of lemongrass, lime juice, and spices for me, but I would only suggest it to those of you who like a little “kick” added to your food.
The Vegetarian Fresh Rolls were loaded with fresh shredded celery, carrots, and lightly cooked cabbage rolled in a lettuce leaf then tightly rolled in a spring roll crepe. While the other dishes were good, this was by far the best item I ordered! It was healthy and extremely filling. I would suggest it to anyone.
The Noodle Mao consisted of broad rice noodles, sweet chili, sweet soy sauce, basil, tomato, onions, bean sprouts, lime juice, crunchy green and red peppers and an abundance of extra plump shrimp all sautéed together. When I first opened the container, the brown noodles looked a little dry and when I bit into a forkful, the taste was there, but it lacked sauciness. Then it dawned on me to simply stir the noodles around and VOILA, I found the sauce! It was hiding from me. I must say, I never would have even thought to stir my dish, but I guess that’s a habit I’ll have to get into. My good friend and chef Aviva (who is even more of a foodie than me) probably would have known what to do and would totally approve of this dish!
Finally, I had the Coconut Cup Cake Thai Pudding for dessert. You’re probably thinking: How can a cupcake double as a pudding?! Turns out it can’t, but that was the fun thing about it. The term cup comes from the way the pudding is made and served (in three small ceramic cup-like bowls). It’s served warm and the consistency is definitely not like cake, but it is much thicker than a pudding. The taste of coconut was not overpowering and the dessert was mildly sweet, which made me feel less guilty about all the other calories I consumed. This dessert reminded me of crème brulee and since I am not a fan of that, I was really not a fan of this. It was fun to try, but I wouldn’t order it again.
In the end, I can’t believe that I got so much food for only $23.95 and that I ate it all in one sitting. I don’t recommend that you try this whole meal at home, but I literally starved myself all day, in preparation for this massive meal. In fact, after eating it I called my friend (and new foodie) Mario to brag about my wonderful meal. It was the perfect way to begin my weekend. Lemongrass deserves a solid B+.
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