641 North High Street
December 31, 2009
Good friends of ours invited us out for "something Thai like" for New Year's Eve. We then had a few other friends give us a call looking for something to do, and soon enough our dinner group grew to 6. We tossed around a few resaurant ideas and Lemongrass ended up being our choice for the evening.
When walking into Lemongrass you get hit with an amazing smell of Asian food immediately. I next noticed that the place looked trendy and fun. It was a little loud, but in a fun rather than obnoxious way. We had reservations and our table was immediately ready (or so we thought). There was also a live piano player playing close to the front, which definitely added to the ambience. We were originally seated close by the piano. We started to settle in when we realized a hostess kept looking at us nervously. Eventually she came over and very timidly and apologetically explained that she had seated us in the wrong spot, and wondered if we could move. We had no problem with that at all and felt badly that she was so worried we would be upset. We moved to a more private corner in the back that suited us just fine and was a lot less noisy.
With this being New Years, I was definitely in the mood to try some fun cocktails and Lemongrass's cocktail menu definitely did not disappoint. Some of the choices that piqued my curiosity were the sake with cucumber, a Pom Pom (sake with pomegranate liqueur), and a classic Mai Tai. Since champagne was the official drink of the night I went with the Sparkling Pomegranate, (a mix of champagne and pomegranite liquer). It was definitely a fun spin on a mimosa. Some of the others in our group tried a Key Lime Martini (great initial coconut flavor and then a refreshing lime finish), Great Lakes Christmas Ale (you already know my take on this one), Sapporo beer, and a 2006 Austrailian Chardonnay (I wish I had more details on this one, because I really enjoyed it. It was not as oaky as many Chardonnays due to being fermented in steel, rather than oak, barrels.).
We then put in a few orders of appetizers. First up was the sampler which consisted of seafood rangoon, chicken sate, and spring rolls. The seafood rangoon was perfectly fried, but there was a great deal more filler rather than seafood. The sweet and sour sauce for dipping was really great. The chicken sate was served with a peanut sauce and it was very average. The spring rolls had a great crisp on the outside, and the flavors inside were very typical of a spring roll with typical Asian vegetables. It was very much what was expected.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your perspective), I was too involved in conversation to get any pictures of the appetizers. You'll just have to use your imagination!
Onto the entrees! Our friends are great sushi lovers, but I must admit that sushi is just not one of my favorite foods. I have tried it many times (and even tried it again this evening multiple times) and I really want to love it, but for some reason I just haven't been able to get into it. I know that part of it is that fish is generally not a favorite of mine, but I really don't love the veggie sushi either. That being said, this sushi was by far the best I have ever tried. I still didn't love the sushi, but I truly liked and enjoyed each and every bite I had.
Bill Total: Truly I have no idea since each couple paid separately, but our portion of the bill was $95.70. I know that included 2 entrees, probably an appetizer or two, and a host of drinks. I'm just not exactly sure of the specifics. The bill was so high mainly due to drink purchases. For the quality, I felt the food was a good value and hey, it was New Years!
Overall Rating: 4 buckeyes