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Lemon Tree

Postby SydenhamOwl » 16 Aug 2017 10:54

The Lemon Tree restuarant towards the end of Sydnenham Road (near Sydenham beds) has closed down. Looks like it has become, or is becomming, a buffet style place. Not sure if still Indian.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby Zsazsa » 16 Aug 2017 14:42

This will be interesting to watch. We used the Lemon Tree a far bit when it first opened and it was great. Sadly it went down hill quite quickly with all the dishes tasting similar and appearing in a lurid red, very disappointing! Fingers crossed for a brighter future.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby topofthehill » 16 Aug 2017 21:19

The owner of many years took seriously ill. I understand someone else - I think a relation, but not sure- took it over.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby syd-gal » 17 Aug 2017 18:51

It was described in the newshopper as one of Lewisham's worst eateries and was given just 1 star.

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/14748 ... #gallery46
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby syd-gal » 8 Sep 2017 16:25

I see the Lemon Tree is now Moynul's. The outside banners look the same. Has anyone been, or know anything about it?
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby pip » 9 Sep 2017 11:53

Apparently no alcohol.You cant take your own either.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby syenhamboy » 10 Sep 2017 16:57

pip wrote:Apparently no alcohol.You cant take your own either.



It'll close down through lack of business in no time.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby MagmaTimes » 11 Sep 2017 10:09

syd-gal wrote:I see the Lemon Tree is now Moynul's. The outside banners look the same. Has anyone been, or know anything about it?


Weird place now. Indian restaurant doing a "traditional English breakfast buffet" on the weekends?
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby SydenhamOwl » 11 Sep 2017 11:49

I went in here on Saturday evening.

It's a bit of a mixed bag. The food is good and they have a nice variety on the buffet. However, as has been pointed out the lack of alcohol and no 'bring your own' looks like it's putting people off. A very quiet and slightly sombre atmosphere. That said, they got several phone calls for take aways so maybe they are doing OK.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby topofthehill » 11 Sep 2017 12:14

An Indian Restaurant in Forest Hill tried the no alcohol policy when there was a change of ownership. That policy lasted about a week before reverting back to alcohol.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby syd-gal » 11 Sep 2017 19:15

SydenhamOwl....... so has it actually changed hands, with new people? Or have they just changed the name?!

Strange about the English breakfast, haven't seen that sign. What time does it open for breakfast?
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby leenewham » 11 Sep 2017 20:30

There are so many takeaways, it would have to be excellent to survive. The Lemon Tree started off well, but went down hill.

The English breakfast puts me off.

The Himalayan Kitchen in Penge is the best Indian food for miles. It would be nice to have something else, like Thai, Turkish, Greek or a decent Chinese around these parts, that's a nice place to sit in too. Thre are loads in other areas, but nothing here.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby chrisj1948 » 11 Sep 2017 21:22

I agree that Himalayan Kitchen has the best Indian food locally. At one time I would have chosen Gurkhas, but I think they changed their chef a few years ago and, whilst still good, no longer have the same edge.

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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby topofthehill » 12 Sep 2017 07:50

The chef who left Gurkhas is now the owner of Himalayan kitchen. I did think Gurkhas went down slightly at one stage, but have eaten there twice very recently and food is superb.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby SydenhamOwl » 13 Sep 2017 16:02

syd-gal wrote:SydenhamOwl....... so has it actually changed hands, with new people? Or have they just changed the name?!

Strange about the English breakfast, haven't seen that sign. What time does it open for breakfast?


I got the impression it has changed hands.

The breakfast thing is weird, I walk past there every morning and never see anyone in there. Not sure who would realistically go there for breakfast on a weekday anwyay unless there were big work places nearby. Perhaps builders/construction workers if they ever start developing the waste land site next door to Sydenham beds...

It's a shame, people will generally avoid somewhere that's always empty but if no-one tries it word will never get out.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby MagmaTimes » 14 Sep 2017 10:08

In my humble opinion it's never a great idea for a restaurant apparently wanting to advertise itself as offering international cuisine with some degree of authenticity to simultaneously offer an English breakfast buffet. Totally puts me off trying out the Indian food there. I don't see this place lasting long...
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby sydnami » 14 Sep 2017 11:39

V intrigued by the '29 min delivery' promise on their front sign. Seems a slightly arbitrary figure, no?
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby pip » 15 Sep 2017 13:13

Would have to be pre cooked in order to deliver within 29 minutes. Also noticed only 8 main course dishes.
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Re: Lemon Tree

Postby syd-gal » 16 Sep 2017 09:17

I went past Thur late morning and there was no one having breakfast. Looked dark inside as well, don't know if it was actually open.
Think I'll stick to Sainsbury's or Wetherspoons if I want a fry up!
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