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Gingergrass lunch review

jnovgirl | Jul 23, 200402:46 PM

We took a field trip up to Gingergrass (at Glendale and Silverlake) from downtown for lunch on Thursday. I didn't expect to have to wait 15 minutes for a table for 3 at 1:15, but maybe it's because they're new. They had plenty of staff (it seemed to be an inexplicably large staff), just not enough tables.

Among the three of us, we tried two rolls (a summer roll, and another I can't remember the name of -- one was sort of a traditional vietnamese, and the other had avocado in it). Both were so-so -- a little rubbery and not really remarkable. I also thought they were overpriced. We also tried three main courses -- the seafood pho, a pork noodle bowl, and the caramelized shrimp.

We were concerned that the seafood pho might be a little too sweet, as it has a tamarind broth, and includes pineapple. I didn't try it, but my friend who did said it was pretty good, and not too sweet -- though she did have to add quite a bit of chili sauce to it. The pork noodle bowl was pretty typical, but it was served with a wholly inadequate amount of fish sauce. I had the caramelized shrimp, which is served with broken rice and slaw. While I didn't dislike it, there was nothing special about it. The shrimp were fine. The slaw was kind of bland, and as the shrimp were cooked with what appeared to be chopped bok choy stems, there was really too much cabbage-type stuff going on. I didn't really think it was worth $11 as a lunch entree. Prices for the noodle bowls, pho and sandwiches seemed reasonable.

All told, including two non-alcoholic drinks, the tab w/o tip was $44. It might be a nice addition to the neighborhood (I don't live around there, so I don't know), but for my money and time, I'll stick to Pho 87 and other places in Chinatown at lunch hour.

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