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“Light up your taste buds!”

Lemongrass Pan Asian Restaurant
Ranked #4,047 of 10,110 Restaurants in Chicago
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Great food! The flavors burst in your mouth. We just happened upon Chinatown while in Chicago and knew nothing about this restaurant. A clerk at a store suggested it to us. We got our food to go, due to the long line outside. We soon understood why the long line, and all of the awards posted in the window. We will definitely go back on our next trip to Chicago, this time to sit down and experience the restaurant. It looked like everyone was having fun!

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Thank Denise S
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Good as we all now know!

We had ordered some special starters and soup. Our main course consisted of Dry Chicken Chili, Tofu in hot chili and noodles.

This place has really speedy service, yummie free kimchi cabbage

Downfalls are -
Owner can work more on ambiance
Parking place needs to be more friendly

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Thank Amit A
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I brought several visiting Chinese tourists here and they simply loved the food. There were many dishes on the menu that I've never seen before and found to be very good. Be warned the food can be spicey and isn't for the faint of heart. My guests ordered everything in Chinese so I can't recommend any one item. We did have an excellent Sole fish and tofu in a spicy sauce that was really amazing. The restaurants in this area are not know for superior American style service and this place is no exception. If you are looking to try some authentic chinese regional cusine then this is definetly the place to visit.

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Thank fultonriverandrew
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

During a recent business visit to Chicago (staying @ Hyatt McCormick Place < 1 mile from Chinatown) we were treated to a wonderful evening out compliments of the brother of one of the orthopaedic surgeons I work with who has lived in Chicago for 30 years. These guys have literally traveled the globe and then some. Their palates are discerning but accommodating and we knew that we all wanted outstanding but casual Chinese. So on a cold windy blustery night we headed off from the Hyatt to meet our friend at Lao Sze Chuan. Tucked away off of Archer street I don't know that we would have easily found it in the dark (or even daylight) as it's not well marked but lucky for us our friends are pro's. This restaurant is casual. Not overpriced in the least. It is crowded and packed. Do not come here if you expect to spread out, enjoy a drink by the bar (yes there is a modest beer and wine list)....there's none of that. The tiny vestibule held 4 adults standing shoulder to shoulder. They move people in and out of this place. Service isn't rushed but efficient. The menu is overwhelming. Go with friends. Don't expect to linger for hours because they want to turn tables. We received our food very quickly which for us was good because we were hungry but it's not for everyone. When we wanted refills of water we had to ask more than once but our servers were happy and friendly and maybe a little overwhelmed because the place was packed. There's ambiance and charm if you enjoy a crowded noisy small lively Chinese restaurant with amazing food.

We had a party of 4 and enjoyed and shared all of our dishes. The beauty of these dishes is they are freshly prepared and NOT swimming in sesame or other oils. You can really taste the individual flavors. The dishes are not overwhelmed by the same old "brown sauce" you get with many Chinese restaurants. We let the boys order for us with the agreement we'd share everything. My advice: (1) go with a group (2) look at the menu in advance, be prepared to order the majority of your food and narrow your choices because it's 15 pages and you don't have time to make the most of your meal trying to figure out how to balance the menu. Even if you order your standard old favorites you'll see that they taste better. We enjoyed egg rolls, various soups (hot and soup, egg drop and won ton - one better than the other). Food is served HOT meaning it hasn't been sitting around or made in advance. Crab ragoon was the best we've ever had (4 light pastries stuffed with mouth watering crab!). Szechuan string beans (more than enough for 4. Our entrée selections included an orange chicken, chicken fried rice, Szechuan beef tenderloin (too spicy for me) and kung pao shrimp. Everything was amazing! All served with a huge bowl of freshly prepared steamed rice.

They have a hot pot special where you cook at your table (like you own personalized hibachi. Seemed like a ton of work to me but the guests were given tons of meat, veggies and encouraged to make their own dinner. Not inexpensive. I think the prepared menu items are a much better value. With 2 glasses of wine, 2 beers and 20% tip our bill was $110. For $10 corkage fee you can bring your own wines but they have Fetzer, Kendall Jackson (nothing fancy).
Unlimited refills of hot tea (perfect on a frigid evening in late March)
Desserts were not impressive and our hosts wanted to take us to some of the specialty Chinese pastry shops but they closed @ 9pm weekdays (apparently weekends are a different story).
Off street parking is available by prepaying at a designated kiosk and putting the receipt on your dashboard. If going by cab make sure you have the correct address and try to get a cab that will return for you @ a designated hour. There's even a Walgreen's across the street if you are staying @ the Hyatt McCormick Place or in need of any items such as bottled water, soda or snacks.
Yes this place has won awards and has a Zagat rating that you can review.
Here's the link to the menu:

http://www.tonygourmetgroup.com/UpLoadFiles/LaoSzeChuan_menu.pdf

We wished we lived in Chicago because we'd be at this restaurant weekly.
Our friends are regulars and love the place. We hope you'll give it a try and love the food as much as we did!

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Thank Linda R
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I am reviewing Lao Sze Chuan in Chinatown. We made reservations for 9 for a Saturday night at 6 PM. We should have gone somewhere else when they said they didn't have our reservation, even though we could see it in their reservation book and had to point it out more than once.

The service - slow, disinterested, unhelpful - lousy. It was quite awhile before we were able to order drinks and appetizers; then had to beg for another round of drinks later on when we finally ordered our entrees. The food came out slowly - some at our table had to wait an additional 10 minutes for their entrees as others were getting cold at our table. The server just kept saying it would come.

The food - bland, grizzly, boring - lousy. We can get better Chinese take out in the suburbs. We ordered several appetizers and 9 different entrees. No one enjoyed/liked the food. The beef was grizzly & chewy, the seafood was bland, some entrees were served luke warm, crispy duck was soggy, etc. Nothing was completely inedible, but I've had better Chinese out of the frozen section of my local grocery store.

The ambiance - sterile, cold - lousy. To begin with, it was absolutely freezing in the restaurant because the door didn't close all of the way, and every time a group came or left, the door was left open a couple of inches. Many of us ate in our winter coats, as did many other patrons in the restaurant. The restaurant is very brightly lit.

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone! Stay away!

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Thank Kristen W
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