Restaurant Review: Lemongrass
Lemongrass Thai-Vietnamese Cuisine popped up on several gluten-free restaurant search websites, and after perusing their online menu with gluten-free items listed I decided to give it a try. With a serious reaction to gluten, however, gluten-free items on a menu merit additional questioning. I made the mistake of purchasing Let’s Eat Out With Celiac/Coeliac & Food Allergies! from iTunes, so I can only read it on my iPhone (silly me, I thought for sure it would be accessible by Mac laptop as well!). The book itself is very informative about dining out in general, and features descriptions of 6 specific cuisines and potential allergens in common dishes. For the Thai cuisine, it even suggested questions to ask for each type of curry! I armed my faithful Charlottesvillian with said questions (fish sauce? soy sauce? flour in meat marinade? cross-contamination) and sent him to the restaurant during non-peak time (3PM). Now, I wasn’t expecting to be able to eat at Lemongrass. My demands seemed too steep. But I was pleasantly surprised to hear that absolutely no gluten ingredients went into the curries (the owner even showed the bottle of fish sauce to my messenger), and curries are prepared in a station separate from fried dishes. Of course, they cannot guarantee anything, as is the case with most restaurants. I also had recommendations from fellow Celiacs to back me up, so we went, and it was DELICIOUS. I had red curry, and two others in my party ordered gluten-free green and massamun curries, so we shared portions. The baby eggplants were particularly delightful. Eat here with ease!