Lemongrass, Columbus' first Pan-Asian concept, is nestled along a busy stretch of High Street. The menu features Japanese, Chinese and Thai offerings that are deliciously prepared. I managed to get an enormous lunch for less than $25 tax and tip included. As the great philosopher Borat once said, "Nice!"
I started with the pan seared veggie dumplings, which were pot sticker-esque vegetarian dumplings stuffed with Asian chives and other greens in a ginger sauce. There were two dumplings, served with a visually striking presentation that was touched up by paper thin carrot strings and a small sprig of parsley.
The mixed vegetable sushi rolls were also phenomenal. The sushi rolls were made from avocado, cucumber and carrots. The composition and execution of each individual roll varied, making each bite interesting.
The egg-free tofu pad Thai (pictured above) was also excellent. Pad Thai is a dish that can often be a bland, boring introduction to Thai flavors for the American palate, but the Lemongrass version was a cut above, with the trademark lime, peanut and pepper flavors shining through the finish. The portion was large and very filling.
Lemongrass is open lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. They do both dine in and carry out. The carry out is probably very convenient, although the atmosphere of the dining rooms are an added perk to eating on site. Also, parking in this area can be a disaster at night, which is why I cheated and parked at a meter during off lunch hours, when both Lemongrass and the area were both surprisingly busy. The staff was helpful and friendly.
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