Lemon Leaf is erstwhile Lemon Grass’ evolution, their bold new culinary voyage. Still touted as Mumbai’s favorite go-to Pan Asian restaurant, Lemon Leaf is a fresh, avant-garde culinary expression of favorites and little known gems from all across South Asia – fresh on a plate, waiting to be served.
Recently they opened in Colaba and we were invited to review them. My reviews are very objective of the places that I review. I was very happy that’s a new place in the neighborhood serving good Pan Asian Cuisine has finally opened. Actually Colaba has various restaurants but there’s always room for more. I had never tasted food from Lemon Leaf. I still remember a friend from Bandra recommended Lemon Leaf as she and her family use to always call for home delivery from there but unfortunately never got a chance to visit it. The Bandra one I believe has become a delivery kitchen that delivers in Bandra, Khar & Santacruz. They have another outlet at Andheri as well.
This restaurant is situated right next to Indigo in place of Busaba in the lane behind The Taj Mahal Hotel Colaba, Mumbai.
Popping Passion a mix of Lemongrass, Passion fruit with Cranberry and topped with lemonade. The flavors were sweet & sour. I actually loved this one because of the Passion fruit mixed in it.
Sunset Symphony was made out of fresh orange juice, basil and all spice gomme. If you like your drink a little spicy then this one’s for you.
Divine farmer a perfect mix of smoked cinnamon tea infused with cranberry juice and fresh peach. This one was topped with crushed ice with a cinnamon stick in it. Loved this mock-tail I’m surely going back to taste it in a cocktail version of it.
Food: The best thing about Lemon Leaf, right from its inception, has been the food. The menu includes Asian broths and curries, dim sum, sushi, ramen bowls and more. Food and Fads has always been a fan of the Shiitake and Waterchesnut Dumplings served with yummy dips, Bangkok Crispy Chicken with Basil Chilli, Velvety Khousuey and the Big Stir Fry Bowl. If you haven’t already tried them, go right ahead. But if you, like us, know the signature dishes all too well, don’t miss the new introductions on their menu.
The Tom Yum Soup was hot, aromatic, well spiced and delicious.
Sushi platter was comprised of two seafood sushi and two meatless sushi. The Tuna tatare was a flavorful. California rolls went quite well with the wasabi & Soya sauce.
The asparagus tempura and Dijon Mustard sushi rolls were good too. So if you’re a vegetarian this one could be for you. We’ve had sushi in so many different restaurants these ones were actually good for the price you pay.
Moving further we also ordered for some Bao’s they have four types of Bao’s out of which we tried the Katsu Shitake, Grilled Chicken in chat sui sauce & homemade pickles, Crunchy fish & chips in a devil sauce. The overall experience of the Bao’s was ok-ish. The toppings were over filled and the taste was just okay okay for my palate.
We love Chicken wings so we also ordered Lemonleaf special Chicken Wings the taste was fabulous and the chicken was marinated & cooked to perfection.
Last but not the least in the Mains we ordered two bowls you can find it in their menu which says Meals in Bowls. One can customize their bowls as they offer a huge variety. We ordered two Big Stir Fry Bowls one with Chicken and the other Vegetarian. The chicken was accomplished with seasonal vegetables, steamed rice and stir fried to perfection. You can also choose Brown rice, Wheat noodles, Hakka noodles, & Rice Vermicilli noodles. I found the black bean sauce a little odd to my palate. The overall bowl was a little dry and we had to request for additional sauce.
On the other hand, the vegetarian bowl was absolutely delish. Seasonal veggies in Chilly garlic coriander sauce in Ramen noodles was absolutely yum!
The best part of the evening was the Desserts we were very full with the appetizers and the mains that we could not try their unique ice creams made in house. Unique because the flavors were jack-fruit, beetroot, sesame, and pumpkin. Myself a chocolate fan ordered The Dome – a mousse filled chocolate ball flambéed with dark rum was one of the most sinful dessert that I’ve ever tried soaked in alcohol. A complete win win!!
The overall experience was good, the staff was polite, efficient and well taught about the dishes. The service was good too. The pricing is quite easy on the pocket. It’s certainly a place that you would like to visit again. For me it’s so close to home that I definitely would like to go again. In fact, I recommended Lemon Leaf to a cousin of mine who drove down from Powai and was very happy with the food, ambiance & service.
I’d love to chat with you in the comments section so the next time you’re in Colaba and visit Lemon Leaf do let me know about your experiences. Till then Take care and have a wonderful and safe Diwali!