Lemongrass, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Unfortunately, an enthusiastic guidebook recommendation of Lemongrass at 4 D Nguyen Thiep street (photo 1) did not pan out. We found the food to be very routine and not overly authentic. Minced pork in the fried spring rolls was overcooked. The grilled chicken (photo 2) was routine. The crab with vermicelli (photo 3) had soggy, overdone noodles. The sauteed vegetables (photo 4) were geared towards American and European tourists, using only veggies known in their homelands. The place was nearly empty so it's not like the kitchen was being pressured. It was a bit pricey by Vietnam standards at 867,000 dong or $52 (including wine for 386,000).