Lemongrass turns 12

Every Thai cuisine fan in the UAE must have tried Lemongrass Thai Restaurant at one point or another (unless you live under a rock!). This iconic brand has won many accolades and prestigious awards over the years, and this month, the restaurant is in celebratory mode as Lemongrass turns 12.


Founded in 2002, Lemongrass was created by two former Emirates Airlines colleagues, French pilot Stephane Jacques and Thai purser, Pornthep Booncham.

Lemongrass is the perfect example of a successful brand story conceptualized and established in the UAE.


If you are yearning for a gastronomic Thai experience that matches the authentic flavors of the street-markets of Thailand, you can’t go wrong with Lemongrass Thai Restaurant.

Apart from a stylish Southeast Asian-inspired ambience that makes it the perfect choice for a dinner date, each dish is made-to-order, and most of the staff are Thai and know their Pad Ka-Prao from their Pad Kee Mao.


Lemongrass Thai Restaurant opened its first branch in Oud Metha (next to Lamcy Plaza) 12 years ago, and today the brand boasts of 2 outlets in Dubai, and 4 in Abu Dhabi, with plans of expanding into the GCC and the Indian subcontinent.


Lemongrass Thai Restaurant celebrated its 12th birthday at their Oud Metha branch, and I was honored to be a part of the celebrations.


We were served a banquet of Thai delicacies including exotic mock-tails, artistically presented appetizers, and a whole array of mains bursting with aromatic Thai flavors.


The lovely dinner introduced me to a few new Thai dishes I will definitely be ordering when I visit next.

Pad Sam Rod Kraprow Krob is a succulent concoction of tender duck meat and crispy basil stir-fried into a delectable sweet and sour sauce.

I also enjoyed the Pak Sauce Tua, an array of crisp fresh greens in an aromatic Thai satay sauce.

My sweet-tooth was spoilt to bits with the assorted Thai dessert platter. From the array of sweet treats, I have to say I enjoyed the Tako Haew best. Tako Haew is a traditional Thai coconut custard with sago and water chestnut in the mix.


Apart from the delicious dinner, it was wonderful meeting Stephane and Poy, the founders of Lemongrass Thai Restaurant.


“Our foundation is built towards offering our clients excellence in quality of our food and services, and will maintain the vibrance and authenticity of traditional Thai cuisine we prepared and served” says Stephane Jacque, Managing Director of Lemongrass Thai Restaurant.


Congratulations Lemongrass Thai Restaurant! We wish you many more delicious years of success to come.

Photography by the very talented Mr. Elmer Magallanes