Green Lemongrass serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a family friendly atmosphere. The menu includes traditional dishes from every region of Vietnam. Green Lemongrass also offers a $5 breakfast menu featuring street food inspired dishes.
A friend and I dropped by after a sour experience at the dealer service. Having heard some good reviews it warranted a chance. We stumbled in and were seated quickly, only 1 other table occupied. The space yells out latin, shades of yellow everywhere. Not particularly clean and fairly ratty, though we weren't here for the ambience.
My friend ordered the chicken pho while I had my usual assorted meat special. Decent size for the large though I've had bigger portions elsewhere. Lots of meat but the flank was too lean. The soup was steaming hot and I couldn't stop sweating while I was eating, the good kind of sweat though. The rice noodles were a little thinner than usual which I liked, and that broth, well both of us gave it two thumbs up. I also liked the few small cubes of tofu in mine, which I've never seen before and my friend was surprised to find a quail egg in his. Our spring rolls were beautifully crisp and light, and the minced meat filling was a little too easy on the sodium. I found it unusual that our plate of sprouts and mint came out steaming..blanched?
Service was typical of the homely noodle restaurant, friendly servers but minimal service. Our server seemed new to the position and his english was a bit rough.
I hear their Vietnamese sandwiches are quite generous with the fillings, so I'd like to come back to try them. Prices are a little steep here on some menu items so I'm curious to see if the quality and quantity is proportional. They do accept the plastic so that's a big plus in my books.
No leaps above the crowd, but I'll be back, that's for sure.
Food: I thought the pho was a little colder than normal but other than that, the taste was ok. Papaya salad would have been really good if it had been tossed in sauce rather than just sitting in it. The prices were decent for what you got.
Service: With the many walls and pillars in this place, its hard to flag someone down.
Ambiance: Weird but otherwise ok - still has the look of the greek restaurant it used to be.
Will return if someone else wants to go there but otherwise, I'm going back to Pho Cao Van.
Richmond is sometimes hit and miss when it comes to dining out. Green Lemongrass looks kind of "miss" from the outside but the food did not disappoint inside. At $7.95 for many main dishes the value was excellent and the service was fairly prompt. The waiter was surprised that we (caucasians) were using chop sticks rather than forks. An interesting comment but Richmond welcomes people from all ethnic backgrounds. Right?
Definately will be back.
Food: satay chicken skewer & spring rolls on vermicelli was fairly good. skewers were tender, rolls a bit dry, side pickled veggies were standard. i liked the touch of mint leaves. bbq chicken sandwich was a bit fatty but ok. house special pho was very tasty. lots of rare beef, tripe, tendon, brisket, and beef balls in the bowl. brisket was very lean. came w/ plenty of sprouts and basil. papaya salad comes w/ ur choice of meat, we choose beef jerky. tasted a bit different from the previous kitchen...couldnt put my finger on what the difference was but it was still good.
Service: only 2 servers for the restaurant. can sometimes be a bit difficult getting someone's attention but they are very nice and courteous. english friendly. food came fairly quickly.
Value: i wish i could give this 2.5. the salad was $7.95 (price increased fr previous menu), reg pho $5.95, sandwich $4.50 (a bit pricey in my opinion), and vermicelli $7.95 but portion a bit smaller then most viet restos.
Ambiance: still no improvements on interior decor...confused greek or italian type influence. not a fan of the layout b/c the walls make it hard to get anyone's attention for service. dont think i've ever seen the patio in use even in the summer. casual and clean.
Seems they put in an odd (in the bad way) herb that leaves an awful aftertaste. Maybe they got carried away with experimenting on the random herbs left behind by its predecessor--Mad Greek Restaurant? The decor seems to be a leftover of what it once was before Green Lemongrass came to be. That was probably the only quarrel I had with my experience there... And that's a major problem in my book, if I couldn't even enjoy a good pho without being scared away from that unidentifiable ingredient they put into my soup. I'd rather keep heading back over to Pho Lan a couple of blocks away on No. 3 Rd.
Preamble: work lunch on a weekend
Food: tried one of the salad rolls and pho noodles. liked the texture and not-overly-salted taste of the salad rolls while the pho seemed to contain good quality noodles and usual mixture of tendon, tripe and beef.
Service: just good enough
Value: portion size and quantity of ingredients did justify the nearly $8 for a large bowl of pho
Ambiance: has a patio. seems to be a bit better than most pho places.
I came here on a Sunday afternoon at around 2:00pm and this place was packed, which is a good sign.
It was a hot sunday afternoon, too hot for Pho, so my bf and I decided to order sandwiches and springrolls. They have a good selection of sandwiches, at least 7 to 8 kinds. My bf ordered the cold cut and I ordered the grilled pork sandwich. The springrolls came within 10 minutes of the order and they were tasty. Oddly, the sandwiches took a while to come though. Usually at any viet restaurant, the food comes rather quickly. The sandwiches were tasty, packed full with veges and meat. My bf and I were stuffed.
One annoying thing was parking but I guess it's like that everywhere in Richmond. They had very few spots and it was on a gravel lot. Other than that, I would come back again to try the pho and rice dishes.
I've tasted a lot of Vietnamese food in my lifetime being half-vietnamese and have acquired an acute taste for authenticity which doesn't always happen these days (for instance Pho Hoa - truly disgusting americanized pho-experience) but Green Lemongrass is not a shabby place for a broad range of vietnamese food in Richmond - probably one of the best I'd say.
Love the new introduction of the submarines, the cold cut is my favorite it comes with more than enough meats than I prefer actually. The salad rolls and spring rolls are sooo tasty as well! Wonderfully seasoned lemongrass chicken and grilled beef satays. The traditional 3-colored bean drink is really bad though, don't get that! Service is prompt, the owners recognize me and my dining companion because we return regularly and are remembered. Recommended!
Pretty good pho. I wish that it had been delivered when it was a piping hot, but i supposed that w/ the raw steak & bean sprouts, the temp cools really quickly. The sprouts, basil, chilli, and lemon were all really fresh. Spring rolls are double fried which keeps them super crisp. Overall, the restaurants is clean. I found the coffee to be weak and a bit lacking in flavour. The service was speedy. Decor has remnants of previous restaurants. Parking can be a hassle.
If you've read my reviews, I'm pretty picky and I love this place. Their food comes fast and you always get a seat here. Sometimes you get to watch tv :)
Their noodle soup is extremely tasty & while others jack up their prices or decrease their portion size over time, Green Lemongrass DOESN'T! Try their spring rolls, salad rolls, curry, lemon grass chicken/pork, & shaken beef. They're all excellent. Cheap food, Excellent food, Excellent Service.
The best Vietnamese in Richmond. Fresh, clean, delectable tastes. Service is prompt and fun. Food is large and diverse in comparison to most Pho spots. This is a weekly haunt, with low fair prices.
I lean to the multi plates on vermicelli. The short ribs are a stand out. Having trust in the cooks I ave been able to try some mre traditional - aka non white guy - food. Last visit had the Papaya salad, which had big fresh prawns and pork, plus a Tamarind soup, both new to me and delicious.
Do not expect fine dining, just great tasting food with a series of smiles.
food is great. i always order pho with raw beef, some restaurants let them sit in the hot soup for so long its cooked, but not lemongrass, my beef was still raw just the way i like it. springrolls are good too. some restaurants started to cut down by shrinking the size of the springrolls but i dont think lemongrass will do that. (i hope)
I have been to this restaurant several times since February 2010, and each visit leaves me anxious to return! I would highly recommend the vegetarian pho, vegetarian spring rolls and fried tofu on vermicelli, any chicken dish, and definitely the sub sandwiches! Superb quality and value. Staff are friendly and attentive from beginning to end, and will make sure that you have a constant supply of complimentary hot tea and excellent service. I love you, Green Lemongrass!
Been here quite a few times. Their lemongrass spicy soup is to die for. Lovely herbal notes with great heat. All their satays are quite good, but could be a tad more flavourful. The house sauce (a dressed up fish sauce) is so good I could drink ot like soup. Very good spring rolls as well. The only disapointment I've had here was the pressed noodle cake with shrimp paste on sugarcane. It was quite plain and lackluster, and the lettuce leaves provided were ripped and quite difficult to use effectively. Try the speciality soups, I've never been let down by any of them. The regular soups are quite good, nice balance of flavours, and good amount of meat. Service is quite absent. Really hard to find let alone get server's attention. We usually deal with all 2 or 3 staff members instead of with our server, which is quite ridiculous. But the food is good.
The pho here is pretty good. However, I think that they put quite a bit of sugar in the pho. Decent portions and good prices.
I would like to warn everyone that their milkshakes are really just fruit slushies.
PS: their parking lot is terrible!
This is definitely my favourite place for vietnamese food. I was hooked on their pho for the longest time but have now moved on to the other soup dishes (like bun bo hue and their dry noodles with pork and seafood). I really like coming for lunch or dinner on a budget. Where else can you get tenderloin and rice and salad (the shaken beef) for under 15 dollars? My friend got the basil beef last time we were there and I'm definitely coming back for that.. It has fried basil on it and the beef was delicious.
I travel all the way out to richmond for lemongrass but they just opened a new location on kingsway, so i might save myself 15 minutes and try out that one..
Went here for lunch and had chicken satay on vermicelli... left feeling very full and very satisfied. Attentive service and cute patio that tries to sheild out the traffic noise and construction on Westminster Hwy. Wish it was in a nicer less-traffic-y part of Richmond, but other than that it's a nice little spot that I'll be sure to visit again and recommend to others.
Friends decided to try this place out and we all never been before. Well walking in this place did not look like the typical Vietnamese place with flashing neon lights around. It was sorta like an old italian restaurant that they took over and just maybe gave it a paint job. Same usual items on their menu as other vietnamese restaurants. My friends had pho and I had a vermicelli bowl. Portions seemed smaller then average but taste was pretty good. I only had 3 pieces of meat in my dish but two rolls of spring rolls which was more then enough. I'd rather have more meat then rolls. Decent prices. May be back.
I've been to Green Lemongrass several times, and I would say this is probably one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants.
I've tried their soup noodles, their curry stew rice with garlic bread, various rice dish, and spring rolls. They are all very delicious and all the food are all nicely presented.
Their service is good too. Really friendly.
The only flaws are probably their parking (sometimes, there's no parking), and the environment doesn't look too clean, but still okay compared to other Vietnamese cuisines I've been too.
I go for the spring rolls on vermicelli... its cheap at $7.- and really filling. Love the veggies and fish sauce. The salad rolls are pretty good - and I like the chicken too. To date, this is the best place I found - always fresh and consistent - competitive pricing and tasty...................................................................
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