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Jan 13, 2009 06:36 AM

Vietnamese in Atwater/Silverlake

Any favorites? Saw a bunch in there--Gingergrass, etc.

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  1. The only other one I can think of is Indochine Vien at 3110 Glendale Blvd. in that center just after you cross over the Hyperion Bridge, with Subway among other tenants.
    Neither it nor Gingergrass all that bad, yet you will not satisfy your Little Saigon craving either.

    1. They're all a bit different -- depends on what you're after.
      Gingergrass: serves beer and wine, large menu, lively scene, food is a bit uneven from ok to very good. Always crowded at dinner, no reservations.
      Indochine: Decent chicken and beef pho, reasonable prices, good selection on menu but nothing is really outstanding, good for takeout too.
      Viet Noodle: Clean food with some organic ingredients, austere interior and trendy clients, pricey for small portions but well-prepared. Menu recently expanded to include bahn mi.
      Pho Cafe: Late night hipster spot, pho seems kind of underflavored, menu is basically just pho and spring rolls, but they do have beer.
      Oh, and just to be complete:
      Lu Subs, next to Ralph's on Glendale: Pretty good cheap pho, but it's bare bones -- best to get takeout
      Soy Cafe - Same owner and food as Viet Noodle, is it still open? Website says 11-3 Monday-Saturday.

      13 Replies
      1. re: Chowpatty

        viet noodle worth it for the soy milk + bean curd dessert alone

        other courses, more questionable, especially at their prices.

        1. re: Chowpatty

          I am after a good selection of dishes for a 3 0r 4 course meal, not just pho. Prefer low corkage as well. Perhaps will try Gingergrass this week...

          1. re: Adsvino

            Yeah, Gingergrass is the only "real restaurant" of the bunch, the others are casual cafes which would not be conducive to BYOB. Not sure what the corkage is at GG since they have their license now.

            1. re: Chowpatty

              And Gingergrass gets its wines through Silver Lake Wine across the street

              1. re: Chowpatty

                One small note here: I believe Viet's to be VERY conducive to BYOB. I eat there almost weekly and bring something each time. They in fact encourage byob, but if your wines are wortthy of stems, best to BYOG.

                One could easily make a 3-4 course meal off Viet's menu.

                1. re: Grog

                  I was going to bring some rare reislings so perhaps BYOG is in order....

                  1. re: Adsvino

                    Just a follow up on the VIET Noodle experience this past week. We went BYOB and BYOG and had 6-7 wines, none of which I believe we were charged corkage for.

                    The food was clean, modern and fantastic. Lovely whitefish and tumeric bahn mi, awesome chicken with yellow rice dish. We had 3-4 apps, all good. Really nothing to find fault with at this place. Owner is really nice, too.

              2. re: Adsvino

                Get the vegetable curry dish that is cooked and served in a clay pot, excellent!

              3. re: Chowpatty

                i know there are a lot of Gingergrass fans here, but i personally prefer all of the places listed by Chowpatty over Gingergrass (except for Lu Subs). not that Gingergrass is bad by any means, but i do think it's a bit over-rated and the other "less traveled" viet-restaurants/cafes in the area deserve a try as well...

                1. re: HerbyN

                  I have to also stand up for Viet. The menu has grown from when it first opened. The atmosphere is cool, and the food is really quite good, and very affordable. You can definitely byob, which is always nice. There are discernable starters and main dishes and the coffees, teas and other drinks are delicious. I love the white fish with tumeric and also the veggie noodles with soy skin. I prefer it to Gingergrass and find it much less expensive, nice sized portions.

                  1. re: HerbyN

                    Personally, I would drive a little bit more to the SGV. If you have to stay in Silverlake, I think Gingergrass is OK. That is where I take people who want to try VN food but might be scared by something more 'authentic'.

                    Can't say I was impressed by Viet Noodle Bar. I don't think that is a good representation of Vietnamese food. In fact, people talk about the Whitefish with Turmeric, but I didn't like it at all. And I've had the REAL stuff.

                    1. re: bsquared2

                      and I bet the $15 plate of cha ca thanh long that you can get in Little Saigon is 4x the size of Viet's.

                2. Gingergrass is very noisy. Not the place to have a quiet conversation or go with your doesn't hear as well as she used to mother. The food is good, but not great.

                  1. Not Atwater/Silverlake, but close by in Eagle Rock on Colorado Blvd. is Lemongrass which seems pretty ok. I also like it far better than Blue Hen on the opposite side of the boulevard.