Green Lemongrass

We were trying to get into Do Chay but the wait was too long so we headed over to one of their sister restaurants, Green Lemongrass. The same owner/family also run House Special (in Yaletown). They’re next door to Bambu.

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Sign outside.

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The inside has been renovated and there’s plenty of tables. Service is no frills and we had to flag down one of the waitress to attempt getting our teapot refilled.

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The menu is split into starters, pho, noodle, rice dishes, vegetarian, drinks, desserts and Vietnamese shakes. Prices are slightly higher than other Vietnamese spots in the area. Sad that their bun bo hue is crossed off the menu now.

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Click here to see the full menu (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8).

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Condiments on the table are standard.

Trip #1
We dropped in on a Friday evening (around 6:15pm) and had our choice in seating.

Herbs
DSC02879Thai basil, bean sprouts, red chili peppers and lemon wedges. Standard.

Phnom Penh rolls (A3) ($8.50)
DSC02883Asian pork sausage, jicama, carrots, lettuce, caramelized onion and crushed peanuts. It came with a side of peanut sauce and bean sprouts/shredded carrot.

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Pork sausage was similar to lap cheung and the jicama added a nice crunch. Pricey for two rolls.

Ca ri ga (C8) ($14.00)
DSC02882Chicken curry with taro root and potato in a creamy coconut curry. This came with bowl of rice.

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N enjoyed her dish.

Bun rieu (N7) ($13.00)
DSC02887Hanoi crab noodle soup. Minced crab, tofu and vermicelli in tomato broth. The broth was tasty and clean.

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Interesting that the crab came packed in a rectangle format; you break it apart yourself. Never seen it like this before.

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Pork hock, pork blood, tofu puffs and tomato were excellent. The only thing I wasn’t satisfied with was the vermicelli noodles; really thin with no bite.

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Trip #2
We dropped in on a Sunday evening (around 8:00pm) and it was dead.

Herbs
DSC00076Bean sprouts, basil, lemon, jalapeno and saw tooth. Haven’t seen saw tooth very often but I liked it (similar flavour to coriander).

Hu tieu sate (N6) ($13.00)
DSC00081Beef, tomato and rice noodle in a satay sauce. The sauce had an underlying, subtle heat to it. Good amount of beef along with a couple slices of tomato.

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Unfortunately, the noodles were overcooked; too soft with no bite or texture. The noodles didn’t hold up to the sate.

Pho dac biet (P2) ($11.00)
DSC00082Rare round steak, beef brisket, beef balls, soft tendon and tripe. The broth was flavourful but leaned to the sweet side. The tendon was my favourite of the meats. Beef balls were not fresh. Beef slices cooked very quickly in the broth so beware, if you like yours on the rarer, softer side. Again, the noodles weren’t good. These ones clumped together in the bowl.

Pork satay & spring roll vermicelli (N9) ($13.00)
DSC00086Grilled pork and crispy spring roll served with vermicelli. B got this to go for lunch the next day.

Decent eats at GL but not one of the Vietnamese spots on my return to list.

Green Lemongrass
http://www.greenlemongrass.ca/
1086 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC
(604) 875-6638

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