Let me start off by saying that I didn’t like this restaurant and you are better off going elsewhere for good Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai, and Indonesian food. Lemon Tree is one of the ubiquitous restaurants in the First Markham place mall strip. The owners are Chinese and the restaurant is bare and clammy with no decorations. I don’t even know why it is called Lemon Tree because there is no clear reason or link to lemons or trees. I’m not trying to hate on the restaurant, but the food here was so subpar and low in quality that I really suggest another restaurant to dine at.
Aside from our table, there was only one other table of diners on a Saturday night(!). That is really sad, in my opinion. We ordered a bowl of Singapore Laksa, Chicken and Shrimp Fried Rice with Belachan, and Deep Fried Lemongrass Chicken Wings. All of it was very disappointing and low-quality. 😦
The Singapore Laksa’s broth was thin and didn’t taste like what it should be at all (I’ve had this at Saigon Star and Restoran Malaysia and both of them; especially the latter restaurant killed it!). There were oversized chunks of bland chicken in this, the noodles were hard, and there were pieces of eggplant in it… that’s not authentic at all. 😦
The Chicken and Shrimp Fried Rice with Belachan (shrimp paste) was SO tasteless and tasted like plain fried rice (I couldn’t taste the belachan at all). Ugh. Just look at the picture. There were only three shrimps in the entire plate. The pieces of chicken were bland and the rice was very oily. 😦
How can you screw up chicken wings? The Deep Fried Lemongrass Chicken Wings were dry and bland. They didn’t even have any lemongrass taste at all. I don’t like wasting food, but when I was trying to finish this plate, I felt like I was just shoving it down and not enjoying it at all since it was so tasteless.
I was so disappointed with this restaurant. I like how they have free wifi, but I’m never coming back. There are so many other better restaurants that serve this type of food and so many other restaurants in the FMP plaza strip in general that you can easily find a better meal. The prices weren’t cheap either.
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