Where: Lemongrass Thai Restaurant, Raleigh, NC
GF Menu: No.
What I ate: Chicken Yellow Curry Lunch Special with Thai Salad
How to order it: The lunch special comes with your choice of an individual portion of Fried Thai Egg Roll, Grilled Chicken Satay, Fried Tofu, Thai Salad, or a fresh soup of the day. In Thai cuisine, fried rolls most likely contain wheat. I chose the salad with its spicy peanut dressing.
Note of caution: There is a chance the day’s dressing may contain soy sauce, which may contain wheat, so it’s always a good idea to check with the server.
What it looks like:
Chicken, baby red potatoes, bell peppers and onion in coconut milk base curry. Warning: the curry will set your mouth on fire! You may not suspect it at first, but the heat blooms with each successive bite. Prepare to break a sweat. From the Lemongrass website: “Know Before You Go – The food here is seriously spicy. At Thai restaurants, asking for a dish “Thai hot” means as hot as it comes. Most restaurants’ hottest dishes come in a four-star ranking, but Lemongrass goes up to five stars.” This dish comes with a side (I chose salad) and a tiny dish of cooling and colorful pickles.
Green Note: Lemongrass is set in a cozy square space and has only 11 tables, which must help keep their operational overhead heating and cooling costs down. They also offer a “green gift” option for the person who has everything – a Lemongrass Gift Certificate. Who needs wrapping paper and bows when you can give someone the gift of a hot (and I mean hot!) meal?