Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lemongrass A Thai Bistro Macon, GA

Lemongrass A Thai Bistro
442 Cherry Street
Macon, GA

You know how when people give you directions and they say... "oh when you drive by... you can't miss it." well Lemongrass, you can.  If you are not familiar with the area, you will probably have a hard time finding it.  No worries about the directions though, if you call, a nice young lady will give you directions, she will even come outside the restaurant/bar and wave you down!  The first thing I noticed walking into this place was the feel, it had a good vibe.  There is a prominent bar area that takes up half of the restaurant.  I could imagine that would be a decent little place for the local nightlife.  The contemporary decor felt really refreshing.  When I first looked at the menu, I had to check it 5 times before I realized that there was no Yellow Curry or Massaman Curry (chicken)!  I was surprised, so I ordered the Panang.  I noticed 3 employees that worked there, all of them Americans... even the cook, so I realized this was going to be an Americanized version of Thai food... which isn't always bad in my opinion.  The Chicken Satay was not good, it had no sweet cucumber sauce.  The peanut sauce was poured on top, taking my right to decide how much I wanted to put on.  The sauce was bland and the chicken was semi-rubbery.  I didn't even finish the satay... and when I am hungry that never happens!  The Panang was very lemon grassy, fitting given the name of the restaurant!  When I reflected back on the meal in its entirety, I realized how much peanut taste there was in everything.  The Thai Ice Tea was the gem of this meal, which isn't saying a whole lot.  I feel bad giving this place a bad food review because the people were really nice... gotta do what you gotta do!

When I walked in, I felt like the price was going to be high, but it wasn't.  Some items were expensive, but the meal I ordered was not.  The Panang was $11, the Satay was $5, and the Thai Ice Tea was $3.

Food: 5
Atmosphere: 8
People: 9 0 (edited down to a zero after the comments)

Total: 22 13 (revised see below)

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