Green Lemongrass is a Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsway, the latest location to open up in Vancouver. We’ve been to the Richmond location and enjoyed their duck noodle soup a number of times, so we thought it was time to pay the Vancouver location a visit.
(Above: Prawn Brochette over Broken Rice.)
For Tre, a lemongrass pork chop served with Vietnamese meatloaf, rice with slivered cabbage, a fried egg and a side of soup. The pork chop was thin and a bit dry. The meatloaf, unlike an American version is a Vietnamese steamed egg omelet made with vermicelli noodles, ground pork, steamed eggs and fish sauce. It’s likely an acquired taste, but I thought it was pretty tasty.
(Above: Lemongrass Pork Chop with Vietnamese Meatloaf, Shredded Pork and Fried Egg over Broken Rice.)
I had the rice with lemongrass prawn brochettes: two skewers of grilled prawns, bathed in salt with no hint of lemongrass — a little underwhelming. Our meals were served with a generous size soup with a chunk of pork bone and a slice of white turnip, nothing particularly special.
(Above: Durian Shake — Consume with Caution.)
For dessert we shared a Durian shake. Durian is an Asian fruit known for its strong odour and pungent taste. The fruit is blended with ice and condensed milk. The shake was refreshing, but it’s definitely an acquire taste.
Our bill including taxes and tips came to just under $29, a bit pricier than the average Vietnamese restaurant. Overall, our entrees appeared to focus more on presentation than flavour. The menu, however, has many interesting items that may be worth a return visit.
Perfect for: sampling a variety Vietnamese dishes.
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