Lemon Grass 檸檬草美食茶坊
I Highly Recommend ☆☆☆☆☆
Taipei cafe offering: Quality Tea & Juice / Beer & Spirits / Gratin / Dumplings / Pasta / Hot Pot / Salad / Fried Chicken & Pork / Noodles / Waffles / Thick Toast / Ice Cream / Milkshakes / Fried Snacks
Address & Phone:
No. 7, Guanqian W. Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220
Last Reviewed: 14 March 2012
Lemon Grass hot pot restaurants is a chain that started in Kaohsiung and moved to Taipei, but this is Lemon Grass' only 24 hour gourmet tea house. The best 24hr restaurant that I have been to in Taipei. Most places that offer a large variety of different food, don't possess quality in any field, but that is not the case at Lemon Grass; everything that I had was just as good or better than a restaurant that specialized in the particular dish or drink. Whether you want a full meal, snacks, or desserts along with your drinks, they have it covered. The food is also very, very reasonably priced given the amount and quality. They have a section for smokers and non-smokers.
They have an array of different drinks with quality asian and western tea. Some of the western tea choices are lavender, blueberry, chamomile, rose, mint, fennel, roselle, and lemongrass. They have a large variety of drinks, so if you don't feel like tea or milk tea, you can get some beer, spirits, milkshakes, or juice mixed concoctions.
I tried the Gratinated Chicken with Rice, Cabbage Dumplings (veg.), Spicy Fried Chicken Cutlets, Fried Tofu, Tempura, cold Jasmine Milk Tea, Strawberry Milk Tea, Fried Sweet Potatoes, Fried Bread, and hot Citronella Grass Tea. The Gratinated Chicken with Rice came as a set, to my surprise, with a bowl of clam soup and a small salad. The main dish was very large and one of the best gratins I've had in Taipei so far, which isn't saying much I'm sad to say. There was a large amount of quality cheese baked nicely on top and mixed into the rice with garlic, onions, and red bell peppers. The clam soup came with bits of bread and when ate hot, as the friendly waiter specified, was very delicious. It was thicker than soup, but not thick enough to be a chowder, but the taste did kind of take me back to San Francisco along the piers where famous clam chowder is served in a sourdough bread bowl. The small salad was fresh and served with a very tasty honey-like dressing.
The Cabbage Dumplings (12) came with soy sauce for dipping, and to our surprise again, a Mini Hot Pot which the menu said nothing about. The cabbage dumplings ate with just soy sauce, the Japanese way, was so simple yet so delicious; better than most vegetarian dumplings I've had at specialized dumpling restaurants. The Mini Hot Pot came with a yummy broth and fresh vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, and fake meat. The Fried Tofu was served with a sweet Japanese soy sauce and reminded me of Watami, very satisfying. The Spicy Fried Chicken Cutlets were served with a type of tasty white sauce. The Chicken was tender and had a perfect thick breaded crispiness on the outside. I don't recall it being that spicy, but it tasted so good that I forgot about that until now. The Tempura wasn't tempura at all, but rather a heaping amount of flour covered mochi with a sweet sauce. It was a pretty yummy snack, but I was looking forward to real tempura. Keep this in mind. The Fried Bread tasted just like a really good donut in the USA. The Fried Sweet Potatoes where crispy and came with a sweet delectable dipping powder.
The cold Jasmine Milk Tea was quality. It came with the correct amount of sugar I specified, with the right amount of tea to milk ratio, and had a slight thickness to it, making it more appealing than a milk tea you could get at a tea shop. The hot Citronella Grass Tea came atop a candle and contained a large bag of quality, natural tea leaves inside, so you could get a couple refills of hot water and still enjoy the tea's flavor. The Strawberry Milk Tea was delicious and tasted more like a strawberry milkshake. I don't think it had much tea in it, but that didn't matter -- it was so good.
Lemon Grass is not just an excellent late night visit, but a great daytime eatery and drink spot. Excellent drinks and food!
Vegetarian options: Two type of Vegetarian Dumplings, Vegetarian Hot Pot, Spaghetti with Assorted Mushrooms, Mango Yogurt Salad, Caesar Salad, Soups, Noodles, Waffles, Bean Curd, Tempura on menu but (mochi snack), French Fries, Carrot Cake, Brown Rice Pudding, Fried Sweet Potatoes, Thick Toast, and Ice-cream.
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No.7, Guanqian West Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220 台北板橋市館前西路7號
Phone: (02) 8951 6133
Hours: Open 24 Hours
English & Chinese menu
Average full meal price: NT$180
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