A touch of class at Lemongrass

By Davey Pearson

Review – Lemongrass Thai Restaurant

Here we go again, another Restaurant opens, adding to the ever growing gastropolis that is Horsham Town and I just had to go along and give it a try.

Lemongrass Fine Thai Cuisine opened its doors in May and has taken residence in the old King and Barnes building on the corner of Bishopric and Albion Way.

I booked a table for Friday lunchtime where I was met by Mr Minhaz Nasir, the owner.

Mr Nasir started his restaurant career as a chef for The Bangkok restaurant in Kensington where he developed his skill and love of cooking fine Thai cuisine.

He then opened his first Lemongrass restaurant in Petersfield and the business grew from there.

Mr Nasir said: “My motivation is the response my customers give when tasting the food I have cooked for them.The business side of it is simply a bi product.”

Lemongrass is now a small, award winning chain of restaurants, serving authentic Thai cuisine of the highest quality, Horshambeing his latest addition.

As you enter the building the dining areas are split into two halves with the left half equipped with the bar.

The decor is contemporary with quality modern furnishings and the table layout has been well planned making the restaurant feel spacious and airy.

The menu is laid out well starting with a selection of set meals from £22.95 per person. It features a good range of starters (including veggie options), and soups and salads.

The main courses include grilled dishes, curries, stir fries, seafood and the chefs special recommendations.

My starter arrived, the classic Prawn Tempura, a juicy fresh king prawn fried in a crispy batter with a sweet chili dip. It had bags of flavour and was not too heavy as some batters can be.

Next up was the Massaman Curry, it featured classic coconut flavours with a blend of southern Thailand’s dry spices, potato’s and choice of chicken, beef, lamb or vegetable. Lamb all the way for me and whilst I am a massive fan of coconut curries this was definitely one I would have again.

My rice dish was Khao Phad Sabparod which is a fried rice with chicken, prawn served in a hollow pineapple. I would recommend this to be accompanied by a stronger flavoured dish as it has a quite a mild taste.

I couldn’t really fault this restaurant, the food was delicious and priced well, the service was excellent and the staff were very friendly, all of which is mimicked on Tripadvisor.

Lemongrass is open for lunch and dinner, every day of the week. A takeaway service is also available. During the week you can drop by and enjoy the lunch time special offer, or for a contemporary experience, try the brand new Thai tapas menu with prices starting from £6.95 per person.

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