I've now been to Green Lemon Grass (the newish one on Kingsway, not the Richmond one) three times: once for dinner and twice for their $5 breakfast. The something old is not a bad thing -- you can get all of the Vietnamese dishes you know and love here, well prepared and well priced, in a clean and relatively convivial environment. There are a few unusual specials as well, including a duck soup with gingko nuts that looks pretty good (did you like it, Ben?).
Service is quite efficient and staff are interested in your welfare. They have good strong Vietnamese coffee, and pots of free tea. This place is high on my list for when I am craving some tasty bun, or a bowl of pho. The first three pix are from our dinner there at the end of May. You can get some of the breakfast items at other times in a slightly larger size and for regular cost, as you will see.
The something new (to me at least) is the breakfast menu of Vietnamese snacks, including congee, all priced at $5 till about 11 am every day. I first tried this at an 8GTCC team meetup and was most pleased. Although one item I ordered did not thrill me (the meatballs were nothing special and the noodles a bit squishy -- no photo), the other dishes were topnotch. I took a friend who loves GLG but didn't know about the breakfast option and she was thrilled -- she loved the food and could eat it all as it is rice based; she is gluten intolerant. We tried some items I had not sampled previously and it was all good. We inquired about small bowls of consomme and beef that were being served and lo and behold, received a free one each. I cleverly took a snap of my bill so you can see the names of some of the things we had. I not so cleverly forgot to change the setting to daylight so everything looks a bit blue :-(.
For breakfast, lunch or dinner, GLG is starting to feel like my go-to for Vietnamese food in Vancouver. Check it out if you get a chance. See the Chowtimes post here http://chowtimes.com/2010/04/28/green... for a photo of the full breakfast menu if you are interested.
Green Lemon Grass
1086 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V, CA
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