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Green Lemongrass

1086 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5V3C6
Tel: (604) 875-6638
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Nice clean Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsway
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 19, 2011 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I have been wanting to try this place for a while and I had the pleasure of coming here for lunch today. The restaurant has plenty of parking in a lot outside or on Kingsway so long as its not rush hour. Inside its very clean and well decorated for a Vietnamese restaurant especially in East Van (or at least the ones I visit).

The menu is extensive and has lots of pictures if you are undecided. Interestingly, the food actually looks exactly like the photos.

I ordered pho with rare round beef and brisket and an order of spring rolls. The spring rolls are the type with the roughage around them which I like. They were hot and very tasty. The pho came with the usual accompaniment of bean sprouts and limes. But they also included Thai chilies and sawtooth; the latter is rare to see being included. The pho was one of the better bowls I have had. The meat was tender and the broth was bustling with flavour including subtle hints of cinnamon and allspice. They also included a generous amount of cilantro in the bowl so combined with the sawtooth, this is a great bowl for cilantro lovers and had a very "fresh" taste.

Recommended and I will definitely come back when I get pho cravings. Next time I want to try their fruit shakes.

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Yummy Braised Duck
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2012 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

Green Lemongrass offers more than just the regular Vietnamese beef noodle soup. There is a section in the menu on regional specialties. I enjoyed the braised duck noodle soup very much. The large pieces of duck thigh and drumstick were tender and full of good flavours. Service was good; the female server we had was very friendly and helpful in answering questions about some of the ingredients. We had an enjoyable lunch and will definitely recommend this place.

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There's Pho but there's better things to eat
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Checked out Green Lemongrass today for breakfast, we got there @ 9.45 am and were the first ones there. It seems they open from 9 am to 11 pm daily. That's dedication to providing good eats. By 10.30 am the restaurant was 3/4 full. As I've read and heard so much about their $5 breakfast menu, we ordered 2 of their bot chien which is a plate of pan fried rice/flour cakes with eggs, onions and came with a unique and tasty dipping sauce. This is something I feel I can eat every morning! I absolutely love this!! We had to order a second one as we were fighting for the last piece. The Phnom Penh roll was good but I'm not a huge fan of asian sausages so it did not quite do it for me. Their bake pork and shrimp cake that came wrapped in banana leaf was delicious, very unique and I would definitely order it again. I do believe dried shrimp can be an acquired taste but after one piece, I acquired it easily and ate most of it. As I am also a fan of Vietnaese dried noodles, I ordered the dried noodles with seafood and loved it. They also served milk shakes and I had the jackfruit shake which was yummy but too filling for me but as my eyes are greedy, I wanted everything in sight. I hope to return again soon as this is definitely now one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver. I hope to try their standard dishes next time like Pho, lemon grass chicken and spicy soup noodles.

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Honest Eats
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

A few of us primed our stomachs here before some heavy drinking later so naturally some comfort and filling food was needed. We tried the Westminster Hwy location before but the grand opening sign drew us in.

Very typical look with almost what seems to be a mish mash of decor accessories. It's not very intrusive but not particularly appealing either.

Our friend went with the pho dac biet and my gf and I shared the lemongrass chicken on rice and all of us split the spring rolls. Nicely done chicken chop with the skin on, though the grilled flavour overpowered the very subtle lemongrass taste. It came with a nice and cleansing broth to wash it down. Spring rolls were good as was the reported bowl of pho. Portions are a smidge smaller but prices coincide with their sizes.

Service was surprisingly attentive and timely, a somewhat unusual find at any asian outfit, so extra marks given.

Good appeal, good food and even good service. No reason why I wouldn't come back.

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Excellent SPICY Pho and other Goodies!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (48 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

Myself and my coworker of mine have come here several times before without a hitch and always good. On a cold rainy day...we decided for our usually time of 730 or 8pm. Parking there is a easy considering they have a little lot upfront or park on kingsway itself. The place itself is pretty clean....big fish tank upfront and lots of seating to the left and back...reminds of a little tropical greenhouse.
Rather than get the usual phos, I decided on small Hu Tieu Do Bien Chua Cay...seafood,tomato,and pineapple in a spicy tamarind rice noodle soup and of course a helping of spring rolls. My buddy decided on Bun Bo Hue ....beef, pork, and rice vermicelli in a spicy lemongrass soup and salad rolls. Our order got here in no time. The verdict....my soup was a mix of spicy,sweet and sour favours with the usually bean spouts,thai basil and lime side dish..reminded me a bit of believe it or not...Thai pineapple fried rice!! Also, chucks of tender squid, big prawns, tomatoes and pineapples...it was a symphony in my mouth. The spring rolls were crunchy and tasty....considering I like dipping the pieces in the spicy broth. MMM good. I asked the buds about his bowl...he said it was excellent especially on a rainy day like this. Our bill was about $31 and change with HST. We decided to split the amount to $18 bucks each with the tip. All in all a good meal and we will definitely be back.

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Stumbled here by accident. Very fortunate I did.
By straw_hut of Vancouver (downtown) (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

So the honey and I went looking for a place to eat lunch. A few places we entered had lineups (not to mention it was impossible to find parking in those places) so we ended up going to this small strip mall in Kingsway to look for any signs of Vietnamese food. The name caught my attention and as a bonus, there was plenty of parking in the back and front

Unlike the typical Vietnamese place, this place was pretty darn clean inside. The tables were small and you were pretty close to strangers sitting next to you but even with a full house, it was remarkable quiet inside. It was busy but we waved down our server and ordered. The wait was short before the goods arrived. I had chicken satay w/spring rolls and the other half had another chicken and rice dish.

The food was INCREDIBLY fresh. I also loved that for just 8 bucks, my dish came with TWO skewers and TWO spring rolls. Most places just give you one of each for that price.

You don't get any sort of view by the window but the place is clean, food is awesome, portions are generous and the price is decent. Seems like most restaurants can't get nail these 4 things.

Definitely coming back next time to try the pho.

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Very good, but cooking times need to improve
By luyendao of East Van, Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 9:56am [Dine in]

A little background, I'm a Vietnamese guy, my family and I eat at Song Huong and Hai Phong regularly, both are solid restaurants with similar qualities; food is varied and good, service is generally fast and cooking times are fast, prices cheap.

Now and again you need a change, so the whole family including parents, brother and his family went to Lemongrass on Kingsway. The decor is typical, the service friendly, we ordered 5 dishes varying from Com Suon (Rice and Pork cutlet) to Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake with seafood inside), beers and a few other drinks.

This was on Friday night and it was quite busy.

The food was excellent, take great home-made style vietnamese food and stick it into a restaurant, i was quite surprised by this. Here's the big "however"...the time it took for us to get our meals are was REALLY long, it took at least 30 mins for the main dishes to trickle in, 45 mins by the time the last person got her dish.

You might think, oh it's just a one-off, i really hope so - my dad went with a friend last week when the restaurant was almost empty and it still took 30 mins.

So just a heads up, give it a try but don't come starving like we did otherwise you won't have a chance to enjoy some above par vietnamese food.

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Not bad food, sketchy billing
By zeeman of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Went there today, service was good. And the environment was nice, a lot of plants, television to watch. The food wasn't spectacular, at least the pho that I had wasn't the tastiest pho. Also, since there was no option for meatballs, beef, and tripe I just asked if they could add tripe to the meatballs and beef. Figured this wasn't a big deal, but when I got up to pay the bill they charged an extra two dollars for the tripe, was slightly confused by that since they have other pho's listed that are more loaded. Anyways, I won't be going back there. If you decide to go make sure not to ask if they can change the order around a bit it will cost you, and an extra 2 dollars on an 8 dollar bowl of pho is quite a bit.

Anyways, I love pho and Vietnamese rfood and have been to many around the city. So far the best I've been to is Pho Express Angkor Noodle house close to Denman and Robson. Specifically their beef noodle stew was really good. Also, another good restaurant is Pho 24 Express around Kingsway and Olive Ave. Their pho is good, their pho ga is the best I've had, and the staff is really nice. They only take debit, but one night the bank was closed and I was craving pho and they just told me to pay next time I come in. Needless to say, I've been generous with my tips ever since!

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Not simply a pho place
By mithelmauler of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

An uncle of mine introduced me to this restaurant as he said this is something different. When I checked out the menu, he wasn't kidding. There is a selection of pho noodles as well as the other familiar Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls and salad rolls. However, they have some interesting entree selection as well.

I sticked with the usual special pho noodles (which always means got everything in there), but we also ordered the spring roll, their spicy and sour soup noodle (sorry forgot the name). We also ordered their stir fried lemon grass chicken pot and stir fried green beans.

I loved what they did with the spring rolls, the wrapping is the true rice wrappings, rather than the chinese ones. Also their pho and other soup noodle are nicely flavoured. As for their other entree dishes, you sort of can tell they are freshly made as well.

Service was attentive and friendly. Even though the place started to be busy at times, they still carry out their request efficiently and with a friendly manner.

As for the ambience, it is actually very clean and with nice decorations. Maybe not the most romantic place, but still it is very comfortable to enjoy some good food with friends

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Good food
By verily of west van (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

Two of us ate lunch at this fairly new addition the the plentiful and competitive Kingsway Vietnamese offering - good food, great Cha gio, a better than usual range of Pho, Hieu Tieu and congees, simple rice and noodle dishes plus a number of more expensive "specials". Simple but good desserts. Food was tasty, well presented and good, service pleasant and prompt, and the restaurant and washrooms spotlessly clean. A good experience until we both got a major MSG "hit" half an hour after eating, a shame and will be the only reason we won't return.

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