Had a staff lunch meeting at the LemonTree Grill at the SE corner of Shaw and Brawley last month where everyone was very happy with the dishes they ordered. So last week when we were too tired to cook or go out, decided to do take out.
My wife always loves the veggie rolls so we tried and order of Fresh Summer Rolls (Po Pia Sod 3.25). Thin light green rice paper wrapped around crispy veggies with mint leaves and a sweet and sour dipping sauce. I'm not a big fan and usually prefer Spring Rolls (Po Pia) but these were amazingly fresh tasting. Sweet and sour was decent, not overly sweet, again not a big fan of sweet and sour.
Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai 3.00), spicy Thai coconut milk base with mushrooms, lime juice and galangal. One of the best we've ever had, great depth of flavors and really nice heat from the peppers but not so much as to overpower.
Calamari Salad (Yam Pia Muk 6.25) with mint, basil, lemongrass, tomatoes, onion and chili. Labeled with a little red pepper on the menu, but wasn't all that spicy. What an amazing array of flavors, my wife noted that each ingredient's flavor seemed to hit at different times, kind of a savory circus for the taste buds. Definitely on our must order list from now on.
Pad Thai, stir fried noodles with baby shrimp, egg, bean sprouts, dry tofu and ground peanuts. We always enjoy this dish and the way it varies from place to place. LemonTree's was excellent and we agreed that it was the best we've had, at least locally.
Chicken with Green Curry (Gaeng Keo Wahn 8.50) with eggplant, basil and coconut milk. This we didn't care for as much but may have been because of filling up on the other dishes. The flavor was good but the eggplant was a little underdone. Next time we'll get the Eggplant dish (Ma Khue Puang 7.50) stir fried in sweet chili sauce and lime leaves.
On my previous lunch visit I'd ordered a spicy shrimp and noodle dish (sorry, can't recall the name) which was very good (6.00 IIRC) but will ask them to kick up the spice level next time.
The building was formerly a Mexican place (Speedy Zapato?) so the outside is that typical boxy chain looking style. The inside is bright, comfortable and nicely decorated.
The menu is fairly extensive so we will be returning often to try new dishes. Forgot to check on what beer and wine is available, planning to take that bottle of Gruner Veltliner I picked up in Santa Cruz next time we go there for dinner.
3757 W. Shaw (Fresno)
Tues-Thurs 11 am to 9 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am 9:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am - 9 pm
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