“ Address: 5-6 St Pancras / Chichester / West Sussex / PO19 7SJ / United Kingdom / Tel: 01243 533 280 „
If you are searching for the perfect Thai meal, then Lemongrass is the place to go. I came to Chichester to visit my friends and they insisted on taking me out to Lemongrass. The food was just mouthwatering, in fact it is the best Thai food I have had in the UK. The decor was superb too, it had a very Thai aura about it adding to the authenticity of the Thai food. The service provided by the staff was also very helpful, without being overbearing and rushing me. If you want the perfect evening meal out, then Lemongrass is the place to go...you wont be disappointed!Lucy Cole
Hello my name is Mr.Robinson and on a recent trip down to England from the USA, I was recommended to visit this restaurant when visiting family in Chichester , or " Chi " as my nephews calls it nowadays . Now being to Thailand myself and tasting there cuisine first hand and also visiting some top Thai restaurants in New York i would say myself to be a customer, very hard to please.
The restaurant itself has two entrances, i entered through the back as it has free parking space . As i stepped in there i was blown away , it was like i had stepped into Thailand itself! The decor was very nice and original and most importantly not over done. The restaurant itself is segmented into three sections with a very nice glass roof in the middle section , which gives wonderful views of the night sky.
I visited on a Saturday night with my brothers family so there was a lot of us , luckily though we had pre booked as it was very busy. As we sat down the waiters all in authentic Thai clothing were very nice and attentive while not invading our private space furthermore they were very friendly smiley and cheery as talked to one of the waiters about when i visited the country. We were brought drinks and some prawn crackers to our table very promptly . and were given our own time to choose when we were ready to order , so 10 15 minutes later we ordered our food. To also note that although the place was bustling with customers the atmosphere was very pleasant and nice.
I ordered a mix Thai starter , a original classic soup " tom yum gai" and for the main i ordered the all time classic " pad Thai " and also " paradise duck". After all of us had placed our orders and bearing in mind it was a busy Saturday night our food was promptly made and brought to our table without any hiccups or delays .
So lets get started, the starter came wonderfully presented and tasted very nice especially the satay chicken which tasted really authentic. The soup if i say so myself was "scintillating stuff !" it just had the right amount of tanginess of the lemon and lime and amount of vegetables and also was given a hearty portion of it. The noodles pad thai was the highlight of the night, it came beautifully presented with what to my astonishment was a swede that was carved by the chef with his hand into a pure beauty of art with carrots and lettuce creating a wonderful plant at the side of the food, GENIUS! i hadn't seen that even in some top Thai restaurants in NEW YORK!! The Paradise duck was also very nice and interesting , the texture of the duck was very nice and the tamarind sauce was excellent. Overall i would this was one of the best Thai cuisines i have tasted in along time.
I will whole heartedly recommend anyone in the area of Chichester to visit this restaurant and if anyone dosent they are missing out and my self will no doubt be raving about this to my friends back at home and this has been one of the bright spots of my stay here in the UK.
Ate here last night and it was such a disappointment. The service was poor, with us having to order drinks three times before any appeared. We had the crispy aromatic duck pancakes to start, the duck was fatty and chewy..i could even pull it apart with my fingers, it was rubbery and the sauce was all watery. We also had the vegetable spring rolls which were ok. For main I had Phad See Ew, which was extremely salty. None of the prawns had been de-veined and were really gritty. My boyfriend had Goo Chi prawns which were huge but battered in their shell so very difficult to eat - pure laziness if you ask me. The bill came to £57 , I had a coke and he had a beer. So its not the cheapest either. I am a great lover of thai food, I have done a thai cookery course in Chiang Mai and this is not good thai food. I would absolutely steer clear.
Recently I was visiting friends that live in Chichester, My friend advised me about a great new Thai restaurant in the area as im from london I do love going out to dine.
I was pleasantly overwhelmed by the whole experience, great environment with a lavish interior a great bar along with well groomed and presented waiters/tresses. The waiting was minimal and the staff were excellent very efficient helpful and extremely courteous. I had sum delicious starters that were cooked just right full of flavour and distinction, the king prawns were so tender and crispy I can still feel the taste simmering on the tip of my tongue lol... very yummy.. The main course followed the starters and there was staff constantly at arms reach to cater for our needs..
Overall if you want great service friendly staff a lovely night out with a menu that caters for all then if your in West Sussex I would definately recommend you to visit lemongrass in Chichester.. absolutly superb...
A true authentic taste for all admirers of Thai cusine...
i went to lemon grass with my wife for lunch last sat,and thought that it was the best thai food we have had outside of thailand,the pad thai,and red curry were superb,and i would def recomend this restaurant,the service was also very good,attentive,but not too in your face,we had a good long chat with our waitress about our holiday there,and now we cant wait to go back next year
My partner and i went to the lemongrass in Chichester last night for a relaxing intimate meal for two...
I had just returned from a business trip away so we were looking forward to a nice meal together.
The food was great..no complaints there, the service however was the second worse service i have ever experienced ,anywhere...and i eat out alot.
We were shown to our table after telling them we hadnt booked...within a very short time our menus were brought and we were asked for our drinks orders.
We ordered drinks and water. our drinks came quickly and we were asked for our food order..we needed more time...we were then asked again within a minute by a different person what we wanted to eat...i explained we had just been asked and we still needed more time...
By this time i felt slightly harrased, our drinks being constantly topped up and not really being left alone to to get through any conversation together.
Again we were asked for our food order, we made our decisions, and again our drinks were topped up...(leave us alone,was running through my mind!)
Our starters came quickly and they tasted great...midway through the starter we were interrupted again so they could ask me if we wanted more drinks...we both still had half full glasses...
Our plates were swept off the table literally whilst our last mouthful was being eaten...
The mains came , again asked if we wanted more drinks...Not if we had enjoyed our starters.
The mains were tasty and it was good, clean flavours and wonderful presentation.
Towards the end of the main dish i did notice we were been keenly watched by at least 2 of the staff so they could presumably pounce and clear the table to rush us on to the next course...
We finished the table was cleared , including half a bottle of the £3.15 water we earlier ordered!
Desert menus were brought and whilst chatting we were asked twice if we had made up our minds...
We didnt order, we sat chatting for another 2 or 3 minutes finishing our drinks , then........
A waitress we hadnt previously spoken to all night came to the table and told she wanted the table back because people were waiting!!! I can honestly say i have never been more shocked, i asked her to repeat what i thought i must of misheard..but no i had heard correctly- she now wanted us to leave because she wanted to seat others at the table...i spoke to whom i presume was the floor manager but all he said was sorry .....
Utter let down, no matter how good the food was it was totally overridden by exteremely poor service...I am currently trying to locate the owner to speak to them personally about the whole evening of service we experienced...it was totally diabolical and if anybody ever asked me if they should go to the Lemongrass Thai restaurant in Chichester i shall definitely say "No"
Lemon Grass in Chichester is the latest Thai restaraunt to open on St Pancras. I went there with my partner on the 21/07/10. We parked at the nearby market car park which is a short walk to the restaraunt front entrance. We were immediately greeted by a waiter who sat us on a table next to the window. Within minutes we were given our menu and after another minute we were asked for our choice of drinks and meal order. We had time to look through the drinks menu but nowhere near enough time to look through the main menu so we felt a little rushed. After 5 minutes we ordered (the waiter kept looking around instead of listening to what we asking for) and our starter came promptly. Someone complained at the counter that they had reserved a table for 6 and there was nowhere to sit. We carried on with our conversation and the next minute we were being asked to move to another table?? We said no as we were settled and the owner just looked at us surprised. The food itself was very good we had a thai curry, sweet and sour prawns and crab. mixed platter starter and ice cream dessert. The wine was good but the cheapest bottle you can buy is about £12.00 which seems a little expensive. The bill at the end was £2.00 too much but after the waiter insisted it was right and after checking on my phones calculator (which I didn't want to do) and it was still £2.00 too much at that pint i paid because I just could'nt be bothered arguing. If you want good food but don't mind feeling like just another customer then this is the place for you. I personally won't go back again.
Lemon Grass is a new Thai restaurant in Chichester, West Sussex, which only opened its doors in the middle of May. Being true lovers of Thai cooking, my partner and I popped it to give the restaurant a try within a week of their opening. Having gone from no Thai restaurants in the city centre for the last ten or so years, Lemon Grass is the third Thai restaurant to set up shop in Chichester during the last year (in case you're interested the two other nearby venues are Thai House - at 149 St Pancras and Spicy Tan at 3 East Row). I have no idea how we have gone from zero to three Thai restaurants in less than 12 months - but I'm not complaining and intend to eat at all of them at some stage or another just to pinpoint my favourite. Lemon Grass being the newest to open was first on our hit list to try.
~*~ THAI CUISINE ~*~
Thai dishes consist of various types of meat or seafood combined with local vegetables, herbs and spices, and served with rice or noodles. Thai dishes tend to be rich in herbs and spices such as garlic, pepper, chili, basil, lemongrass, coconut, tamarind and galangal (Thai ginger). Thai cooking is influenced by the countries near or surrounding Thailand, such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, and Malaysia. However, I'd say it is mostly influenced by the dishes of China and India, but Thai dishes manage to produce a totally unique flavour all of their own. For example Thailand may have "borrowed" the dish of curry from India, but it's put its own slant on it and a Thai curry (be it green, red, or yellow curry) is a completely different beast to the Indian curry - it's much subtler in flavour.....though it can be just as spicy!
Although Thai cookery is renowned for being spicy, it is always balanced by five pillars of flavour - hot (spicy), salty, sweet, sour and bitter. All Thai dishes have two or more of these "pillars" - the key to a good balanced meal. Thai food is often served with a variety of condiments to liven up the dishes, such as sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, good old soy sauce or simply dried chili pieces or diced cucumber.
~*~ LEMON GRASS (the venue - not the herb) ~*~
Having opened its doors for the first time in the middle of May, everything in Lemon Grass is brand new and sparkling. The restaurant is one long thin room with just enough room to fit two tables to either side of the room with a narrow corridor in between. The décor is very modern and bright, and they've avoided the usual, almost clichéd, Asian restaurant trinkets and ornaments you tend to find in a typical Thai restaurant. There is an absence of Buddha ornaments, miniature elephants and ivory carved deities. Instead, the chocolate brown walls are adorned with simple yet colourful Thai looking tapestries. The restaurant has an attractive sky-light to the centre of the venue so there is plenty of natural daylight. Tables are simply laid with snow white cloths and sparkling glasses and shining cutlery. The chairs were a chocolate brown leather effect and most comfortable. The restaurant can be entered via the street outside (St Pancras), where there is a pleasant bar and a nice waiting area to collect your takeaways. Similarly you could enter the restaurant from the car park at the back (just off New Park Road), but diners with mobility problems need to go in via the front entrance as there are steps up from the back entrance.
~*~ THE MENU ~*~
Lemon Grass serves a superb menu of more than 100 authentic dishes - all served by Thai waiting staff dressed in beautiful and colourful Thai costumes. The menu consists of a wide range of soups, appetizers, salads, curries, grilled dishes, meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. They also run a takeaway service if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
The menu kicks off with a choice of 13 different appetizers, with Thai classics such as Satay, Thai Fish Cakes and Dim Sum being instantly appealing. If you prefer a lighter starter, there are a couple of soups to choose from, or a simple Thai salad. Like many Indian and Chinese restaurants, main courses are broken down into different types of meat or seafood. For example, you decide you fancy eating chicken, you head for that section and choose one of seven different chicken dishes. The menu at Lemon Grass is broken down into duck, chicken, beef, prawns, squid, fish, scallops, crab or mixed seafood. If you can't make your mind up on which base meat or seafood to head for, then there are other sections to the menu simply headed grilled dishes, Thai curries, stir fries or noodles.
One thing I did think was very good on their menu was the guide to their dishes. All dishes are marked with one, two or three chili symbols to signify hot, very hot or extremely hot respectively. Similarly, a nut shaped symbol was put next to any dishes containing nuts. Vegetarians are well catered for with a large green V appearing regularly as you peruse the contents of the menu.
~*~ SET DINNER FOR TWO ~*~
As you can imagine, there is a bewildering array of dishes on offer, and it can take some time to navigate your way around the 100+ different options on offer. We were, therefore, quite pleased to have the decision made for us. Our waitress recommended the set menus to the back of the card, and they were not only very tempting and offered the sort of dishes that always appeal, they were very reasonably priced as well. We plumped for Set Menu A for two at £15.50 per person, but there were other more expensive options for larger parties, as well as a set menu solely for vegetarians.
We kicked things off with my favourite part of any menu - the starters. Whenever I dine à la Thai I can never make up my mind as they're all so tasty. With a choice of Thai fishcakes, spare ribs, satay, dim sum, stuffed chicken wings, crispy wontons, spring rolls or squid rings - it's a mouth-watering and difficult decision. Luckily for me, on this occasion the set menu offered the Lemon Grass Mixed Platter, which consisted of a selection of five different Thai starters. Beautifully presented on a large platter, we dined on vegetarian spring rolls, prawn tempura, chicken satay, prawn toast and Thai fish cakes. These dishes were accompanied by intricately cut salad garnishes (a hand carved carrot in the shape of a flower), and three tiny delicate saucers of dips consisting of wine vinegar (for the Thai fishcakes), peanut sauce (for the satay) and sweet chili sauce (for the other three starters). The chicken satay was delicious with a slightly spiced, nutty accompanying sauce. The prawn tempura (a king prawn quickly deep fried in a light batter) was also excellent and the accompanying sweet chili sauce gave it the necessary spicy bite. The triangular shaped prawn toast topped with sesame seeds was as crispy and delicious as it should be. I'm always ambivalent over spring rolls as they can be a little bland. Here they were indeed rather boring, but very edible none the less. The Thai fishcake was substantial, but any fish taste was rather overwhelmed by the copious and overpowering use of lemon grass in their making. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our starters and looked forward to the delights of our main course.
The main course consisted of two meat based dishes, a platter of vegetables, a dish of noodles and a bowl of rice - a veritable feast in fact. Our menu included Gaeng Kiaw Wan Neua, otherwise known as Thai beef green curry. The dish was rather spicy, but tempered by the addition of coconut milk, to make it a little less hot. The beef was cooked bamboo shoots, red peppers, lime leaves and basil. It was delicious - but one of those dishes than creep up on you spice wise. You start off thinking it's not at all spicy, but the effects are cumulative, and by your fourth mouthful your lips and tongue are smarting. The second meat based dish was Pad Preaw Wan Gai, commonly known as stir fried sweet and sour chicken. This dish consisted of lightly battered strips of chicken breast flash fried with red peppers, onions, tomatoes, pineapple, cucumber, and rather strangely I felt, lychees. Although this dish was very flavorsome and moist, I didn't feel that the lychees really worked in it. Initially I couldn't work out what they were but after I'd bit into one I realized it was a lychee. To my mind, they're just a little bit too sweet (and slimy in texture) to work in a meat-based dish.
The meat dishes were accompanied by a goodly plateful of Pad Ben Ja-Rong - stir fried mixed vegetables lightly fried in oyster sauce. There was a good mixture of vegetables all served nicely al dente - crispy and simply delicious. Similarly the Pad Mee - egg noodles stir fried with spring onions and bean sprouts - was very good, served garnished with finely shredded raw cabbage and carrot. All four main course dishes were accompanied by a bowl of Steamed Jasmine Rice, which was filling but not particularly special. I certainly couldn't detect any jasmine in its flavour, and it was just slightly stodgy in texture. However, lychees and stodgy rice aside, the main course dishes were all simply superb, full of flavour, generous of portion and served piping hot.
Dessert is not included in the set menu, and for that we were rather pleased. We felt any more food would have been too much, and we were happy to simply glance at what was on offer, and then wave the menu cards away. However, I may be tempted upon another visit as they seem to have given the dessert card a bit more thought than you tend to get in the majority of Indian, Chinese or Thai restaurants. Yes, there was the usual nod towards ice-cream scoops in various different flavours (£4.00 for two scoops), but there were a couple of other desserts that hinted at interesting. From memory, there was a deep fried banana based dish, and another offering freshly cooked pancakes with a coconut filling.
~*~ SERVICE and AMBIANCE ~*~
The service was very good on the night we dined there. The staff were friendly and helpful, with the waitress suggesting the set menu when she saw us struggling to decide between the huge variety of options on offer. As the place is so newly opened, the staff almost outnumbered the dinners, and they did tend to pounce a bit too quickly to clear empty bottles and plates. That said, their manner definitely wasn't intrusive and they were as smiling and friendly as Thai people tend to be. The authentic Thai costumes certainly add to the ambiance of the venue.
The entire dinner for two came to around £44.00. The set menu costing £31.00 and the remainder of the bill made up of one sparkling water for me and three bottles of Thai beer for himself. I tend to think that eating in Thai restaurants is always quite expensive compared to Indian and Chinese restaurants, but it is inevitably worth the price, and that was certainly the case at Lemon Grass.
~*~ RECOMMENDED? ~*~
A huge thumbs up from me for Lemon Grass. The portions were generous and excellently cooked and presented. The service was a tiny bit over-zealous, but that was probably more to do with wanting to impress and make a good impression - coupled with the fact that there were nearly as many serving staff as diners. All in all, the food was authentic, delicious and nicely portioned.
I'll definitely be returning at some stage...(although I do have those other two Thai restaurants in Chichester to try first....). Recommended with five stars.
~*~ OPENING HOURS AND FURTHER DETAILS ~*~
* Lemon Grass is open seven days a week both for dining and for takeaways.
* Opening hours are: Lunch - 11.30am to 2.30pm and Dinner - 5.30pm to 11.30pm
* Although the restaurant has only just opened and was rather quiet when we dined there, I suspect this venue will become popular and busy rather quickly, so booking maybe advisable in the future.
* There is a pay and display car park (parking charges do not apply after 6pm) directly behind the restaurant (accessed from New Park Road), but spaces are rather limited.
* All the major credit cards are accepted
* Disabled access is to the front of the venue (via St Pancras), as there are steps up at the back entrance (via car park in New Park Road)
* As well as the Chichester venue, Lemon Grass also run two other outlets in West Sussex - one in Worthing and one in Rustington.
~*~ CONTACT DETAILS ~*~
5-6 St Pancras
Tel: 01243-533362 or 01243-533280
Website: www.lemongrasssussex.co.uk **
** Please note that despite Lemon Grass displaying this website address all over their menu, promotional literature and in their advert in the local newspaper, this website address does not actually work :o( Perhaps it is under construction and not yet live. There are a couple of websites relating to its sister restaurant in Worthing and these can be viewed at http://lemongrass.devhub.com/welcome or http://www.lemongrass-worthing.co.uk/menu.html