Intimate Thai dining, a picturesque setting and being welcomed like part of the family; it could only be Lemongrass.
At 56 Fletchers Road Loburn, Manager and Chef Sriamorn Reavill has spent 11 years building the most idyllic Thai dining experience possible.
“My dream to have a place where I can create Thai dishes for people which I had growing up turned out even better than I imagined,” she says.
Dining at Lemongrass is always an experience to cherish and many satisfied regulars from throughout the greater Christchurch area simply cannot get enough of Sriamorn and her culinary expertise.
“I love giving people what I like, when people come and dine here, I want them to feel like family, so I naturally want people to experience Thai cuisine the way I did through my family back home,” she says.
Lemongrass’ Thai Beef Salad, Panang Beef Curry or Massaman Chicken Curry always goes down a treat, especially as each dish is prepared with the same level of love and dedication Sriamorn and her family are famous for.
If you fancy something alcoholic, be sure to bring your own, but a word of warning, once you are here enjoying the delicious delicacies, enjoying a glass of bubbly and taking in the beautiful surroundings, you will be in no hurry to leave.
Parsley, sage rosemary and thyme, as the Simon and Garfunkel song goes, reminds us of our cherished common garden-variety herbs. However, here are a bunch of some quirkier edibles to grow, that once savoured will become seasoning staples. Hunt them out at garden centres and farmers’ markets this summer.
Not your common garden-variety mint – this unmistakable and quite addictive flavour will wow the tastebuds of Vietnamese foodie fans.
Move over lettuce, wild rocket will really take off in the garden. Keep picking it so it doesn’t go to seed.
The delicate summery leaves will add pizazz to a salad, or a peppery twist piled upon a pizza or any savoury dish.
The gorgeous blue flowers are beloved by bees, and these delicately flavoured blooms will take plating presentation to the next level.
Add to ice cubes for star-shaped cool colour.
This requires a little tender loving care, but the unmistakable elegant flavour transports a dish straight to the South of France.
No need to rush out for Thai takeaways if there is lemongrass in the garden. This is piquancy plus.
Add boiling water to the stems for a healthy herbal tea – refreshing either hot or iced.
This native bush’s red-tinged leaves have medicinal and tongue-tingling culinary uses.
Dry them and sprinkle on dishes for some zing – a great chilli alternative.
Here is what you must do if you are after the most intimate Thai dining experience in a beautiful and idyllic setting. You head out to 56 Fletchers Road, Loburn, and call in on Lemongrass Authentic Thai Cuisine
Lemongrass is the result of an 11 year-dream for manager and chef Sriamorn Reavill and her husband Paul. The couple bought the Loburn property and house, and with help from their neighbours created a simply delightful relaxed country dining setting. “I can’t believe how lucky we are to have this. This has been my dream for so long,” Sriamorn says, grinning from ear to ear.
“I have always wanted to allow people to experience the same home cooked Thai food that I had growing up.” Step inside and you can’t help but marvel at the design and layout of the restaurant. The seating, floor, tables and interior décor is of the highest quality, making it even more remarkable when you consider that the design and build was completed with very little help.
During your meal you are served not only by Sriamorn, but her children too. This is a family business after all. They have been taught all the ins and outs of food preparation, the menu and know the value of quality customer service. So relaxed is the atmosphere that if no bookings are planned for day, Sriamorn might be out shopping, sourcing all the finest ingredients for her special blend of Thai cooking.
Delicious starters such as Sticky Glaze Pork, Fresh Prawn Spring Rolls and Miang Kum always go down a treat, while the mains are prepared with an overwhelming degree of love and dedication. Whether it’s a Thai Beef Salad, Larb Moo Pork, Panang Beef Curry or a Massaman Chicken Curry, Sriamorn is a natural. A great range of desserts and chilled beverages are also on offer but it’s BYO if you favour something alcoholic.
Thanks to the beautiful surroundings, Lemongrass has hosted a few functions in its time.
So to find out more about this, and to book a table for your nearest and dearest, give Sriamorn a call 03 310 3102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be happy you did!
Everything about Lemongrass is unique. It’s a Thai restaurant, located off the beaten track, in a hazelnut orchard north of Rangiora.
It is the true definition of a family business. Sriamorn Reavill and husband Paul bought the Loburn property and house, later building the restaurant onto their home. At Lemongrass you are likely to be waited on by Aaron, 11, or be joined at your table by head chef Sriamorn for a chat.
The children play a part in the restaurant. It’s their business, too. Chelsy, 9, is usually in the kitchen helping mum. She cooks a mean stir fry and makes great spring rolls. Aaron and family friend, Liv, who is 15 and whose mum Shirley also works in the kitchen, often take care of front of house. They are confident and knowledgeable of food preparation, the menu and the foundations of good customer service. In addition to their schooling and sports achievements, they work together the create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, amazing food and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Paul, too regularly chips in in the kitchen.
There is al fresco dining, or between courses take a stroll in the orchard and relax in the country silence. The food is spectacular, everything you expect Thai cuisine to be – bold flavours, aromatic delights, contrasts of texture and colour, all with a spicy kick.
You must make a booking at Lemongrass. It’s so relaxed that if there are no bookings, it probably won’t be open. When it is, the drive is more than worth it. For bookings phone 03-310-3102.