Is It Any Good?

A lovely little Vietnamese Bistro in Eagle Rock, soon to be gone.

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(Publisher’s Note: The original Lemongrass was one of my early reviews that I posted like ever on the site. So it’s short, quick and…well, in my mind, lacks a little poetry. The original location was down the street from me in Eagle Rock, and it closed. It took a couple of months, and I found that Lemongrass hadn’t so much closed, as it had moved. Well, today (yesterday), I finally got around to the new location…and I got there too late.

Turns out this Lemongrass location is closing…and closing for good. I’ll miss them. It was always a neighborhood Vietnamese joint, very comfortable. Good food. Some of my early Vietnamese cuisine experiences where at Lemongrass. Now they’re going away. In two weeks they’ll close for good. Soon to be yet another branch in the Boiling Crab empire.

So I figured for the last two weeks of it’s existence, I’d put up the old review again.

Overall, it was a good place. Good food. A great place to learn your Vietnamese food. Good luck to all of you in your future endeavors.

And now the original review:)

The second iteration of Lemongrass in Eagle Rock.

Quaint is the word I’d use to describe Lemongrass. It opened not too long after Blue Hen. What I liked most about them (just a bit more than Blue Hen down the street) was that they have a bigger menu, and thus a lot more varieties of Vietnamese food available. They even have three kinds of Banh Mi, which is always a good thing. Still, the one kind I want remains available to me, only via long plane ride to the mainland.

You want an example of what a Banh Mi is all about?

“Is there anything the addition of a gratuitous egg doesn’t make better?”
-Anthony Bourdain.

Anyway, back to Lemongrass has the feel of a neighborhood joint. It’s just a few tables, but they do good business…good enough so despite the fact that its never balls-to-the-wall crowded, you can still get a table.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: The Pho isn’t bad (it’s still pretty good) but it’s not the reason to go. Go to Lemongrass to try the Vietnamese Dishes you haven’t tried at the Pho-centric places like Pho Citi and Saigon Noodle. Like the Charbroiled Pork Over Steamed Rice. Next time I’m going back, I’m trying the Banh Mi. It’s not as wonderlicious as the video, but they’re looking mighty good to me.

Steam coming off the Rare Steak Pho at Lemongrass.

PARKING: All street parking along Colorado.  That’s your best bet.

Tiny.  Tiny lot, maybe 14 spaces tops.  Getting one is a matter of pure luck.  You can try to park along Eagle Rock Blvd., but I’ve had mixed success doing that.  It’s really a crap shoot.  Besides, two weeks after publication, it’s not going to matter anyway.

Lemongrass in Eagle Rock.

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Lemongrass Vietnamese Restaurant
4411 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Tel: (323) 478-1678

Hours:
Sunday-Monday: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm