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May 21, 2007 12:12 AM

Lemon Gross in Eagle Rock

Granted, Vietnamese blood doesn't course though my veins.. but I have eaten enough pho to be sour on Lemongrass.

We went there for dinner last week had the fatal combination of terrible food and horrible service. It took over 35 minutes to place our order, and when the food arrived it wasn't even the food we had ordered. (We ordered the bun (noodles) and were given sandwiches.) When my husband pointed this out to our server, we were corrected, the food was placed on the table, and the waitress walked away and hid. The waitress and I were both caucasian, so there was no misunderstanding due to different languages. Infact, we had held up the menus and pointed to the items as we ordered.

The food was flavorless and greasy. I'm not a huge fan of the Blue Hen, but their chicken sandwich blows away the depressing Lemongrass offering.

A meal that should have taken 45 minutes took nearly 2 hours. And watching the wait staff interact with the kitchen and other customers, it was obvious that several other tables had been given incorrect orders as well! The only thing consistent in the service was the apology that the wait staff provided with every order.

I guess we still have to make the drive to downtown, Silverlake, or Alhambra to get the real deal....

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  1. We tried Lemongrass this weekend. Even though it wasn't the greatest Vietnamese meal I've had, I wouldn't go as far as to call if "Lemon Gross". The Pho was serviceable and the spring rolls were OK. I thought the service was very friendly. The menu was very limited, but that might be because it was their 'soft opening'.

    We live in WeHo so driving to Eagle Rock is comparable to driving to Alhambra. That said, Nem Nuong Kanh Hoa is quite a treat for us (for Bun Bo Hue and amazing spring rolls) and Saigon Flavor has good Pho and Egg Rolls. For us, we might as well drive to SGV.

    If I lived in Eagle Rock, Lemon Grass would be a decent place for a quick dinner (but at $8 for an order of spring rolls, a little expensive). Of course, it is across the street from Oinkster, which has an amazing Pulled Pork Sandwich and Fries, so maybe I would eat there instead.

    LA could really use a good Vietnamese restaurant. We don't mind driving to Alhambra or Little Saigon, but it would be nice to go somewhere without having to get on the freeway.

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    1. re: bsquared2

      Okay... so a friend talked me into giving Lemon Grass another try since my original visit 10 months ago- swearing it was now quite good. Well, the service was better, but the food at Lemongrass is still terrible! Sad excuse for broth and terrible greasy meat!

    2. Every time I eat at Lemongrass, I feel like I've been conned or something.
      Then, as quickly as I can, I head for Pho So 1, Pho 99 or anywhere else.

      1. I've got to agree with you, Amuse Bouch. I've been there twice, and while I didn't wait long for my meals, the food was mediocre. Pho was served with a meager side of basil and didn't have much flavor. , and my chicken tomato rice dish was greasy. The owners also run the nail shop down the street.

        1. I've tried Lemongrass twice already. the meatballs in my pho had chunks of bone or gristle in them. totally disgusting. The service is awful too. Entrees arrive before starters. I will not be going back ever again. I hope now that this place will close down soon and another person will take over the space with a better restaurant. However, Eagle Rock is starved for restaurants, so I'm sure people will be going there in droves and keeping them busy for a while. bummer.

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          1. re: tag heuer

            It really bums me out when these mediocre Vietnamese Pho shops open anywhere west of Alhambra. I often have conversation with people whose first experience with Pho is at one of these places.

            It is such a great dish when it has a good broth, meat and noodles, but one of the most important ingredients are the veggies on the side. In Vietnam they give you a big platter to add to your Pho. That is the crucial element.

            Also, as I said before, $8 for bad spring rolls is also a crime.

          2. another AWFUL experience at Lemongrass. Hardly anyone there when we got there, so you'd think the service might be decent? nope. Over an hour after we placed our orders (!!) they arrived, not all at the same time, and were less than impressive. The appetizers we had we good and served within a reasonable time. But the food was far from worth the wait. And despite admitting to "forgetting to put our order in" we didn't even get one of the meals free... Won't be headed back there anytime soon. Or ever. Or recommending it to anyone...

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            1. re: worldleadrpretend

              Since there are so many places that are better, it is hard to recommend Lemongrass. It isn't the worst Pho I've had in LA. That would be Pho 97 (used to be Pho 79) on Broadway. Everything about it was horrible. From the tepid soup to the brown shredded lettuce in the Spring Rolls, I hope nobody judges Vietnamese food by either of those places.