Happy Monday friends! This weekend was a good one for me– I managed to do a lot of relaxing while at the same time enjoying the company of others. On Friday, my husband and I had a date night out at a new-to-us Asian restaurant, on Saturday, we had an amazing homecooked dinner at friends’ house, and yesterday, I pretty much just hung out all day.
My husband was craving Asian food Friday, but we both wanted to try somewhere different. He remembered a restaurant called Lemongrass in nearby Warwick, RI– it’s one of those places we have passed by for years and always have said we should go there, but never had of course. I am glad he thought of it, because it ended up being one of the best Asian restaurant experiences we have ever had.
Lemongrass is an “Asian bistro,” but I think the only thing that really classifies it as such is that the interior may be a bit more upscale than a typical neighborhood Asian restaurant, plus there’s a full bar. We arrived around 7 on Friday night, and only had to wait a few minutes before we were seated at a comfy booth.
Now the reason why our Lemongrass experience was so great definitely had to do with the food, which was good, but more so, it had to do with the service. Our waiter was a young boy, probably of high school or college age, and while he wasn’t overly talkative, he was ridiculously attentive. He not only brought out every request of ours right away (things like drinks, extra plates etc. . . ), but he made sure to double check we had our entire order once the food came out. He asked us quite a few times if we needed anything (without being annoying), and I was so impressed that I went out of my way not only to tell him how good he was, but his manager too!
Anyway, the food at Lemongrass was great too. It was on par with all of my other favorite Asian restaurants, though admittedly, nothing stood out as “the best” I have ever had. We started with some green tea– I wish it came out in a pot rather than in individual mugs because I had to ask for refills quite a few times.
I started with one of my favs– nime chow, or fresh spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. It was delicious and as tasty as I have had anywhere else.
We also had some vegetarian spring rolls (the fried kind), and they were fresh, crispy and full of crunchy veggies.
For dinner, we enjoyed some veggie fried rice. Again, it was very good– the rice was perfectly cooked and not mushy at all. I also appreciated how it wasn’t too greasy but still quite flavorful.
I also ordered their vegetarian pad thai without egg. My only complaint about it was that there was almost too many peanuts sprinkled on top! Pad thai is a bit sweet to begin with, so the excessive peanuts actually made it a tad too sweet. The noodles were perfect though.
Ultimately, Lemongrass was a big hit– the food is just as good as anywhere else I have been with a similar menu, but the service really took it over the top!
Does excellent service in a restaurant matter to you, or will you sacrifice good service for good food. Usually, if the food is good, I can put up with crappy service, but it is always good when both are excellent!