I ate here tonight after a long day. Honestly, the service made it seem longer. I ordered crab cakes for appetizer at almost $10. They were the tiniest crab cakes I have ever eaten in my life. Four pieces slightly bigger than a quarter. Thai BBQ and other Thai restaurants in Hollywood serve better crab cakes that this one for sure. The noodle soup I had was their Spicy 'N Sour soup. The soup was great. It had some fish fillet, shrimp, pineapples which came as a delight and it was not too spicy. Aside from the herbs too, that was it for the ingredients. Another sad part was it took them more than 20 min to serve it. I was not sure if they were just pacing it or what. I was just glad that the server kept me updated as to what's going with my order. But to be fair, the servers were nice and courteous, the restaurant was clean, the food was good compared to the more than a dozen other asian and vietnamese restaurants I have been in the last few years. I just hope that next time, the service will be quicker. By the way, the ambiance was modern so you really don't get that authentic feeling of eating in a vietnamese restaurant but at least it's something different from the rest.
I've only been to Granville Cafe twice, and both times it was with large groups of 10 or more. Each time, the service was stellar, in spite of the large size of our group. I love the food here. You'd think a pastrami sandwich (what I enjoyed on my first visit) or a rib eye steak sandwich (sans bleu cheese, enjoyed on today's visit) would be heavy and greasy, but not at all. I find their sandwiches to be light and hearty, and the homemade chips served on the side are delicious, too. I highly recommend the berry lemonade, or the fruit infused water. Both drinks are quite tasty. The lemonade is not refillable, and at about $3.50 a glass, a bit pricey. However if others in your party order it, you can get a pitcher for about $9 and split the cost. I've heard from others who have visited Granville in smaller groups that the service is just as stellar, so I'm pretty confident in recommending this place to anyone who may find themselves in the Glendale area and looking for a good place to eat.
1) I'm orignally from OC, next to Little Saigon, so I'm used to the abundance of great pho places there. This was pretty tasty!! It didn't leave me feeling tired afterwards, which means there's probably no MSG. Portion sizes are big and prices are comparable. It's nice and clean and they give you all the veggies/herbs you want! 2.) Ok, this time my review is for the Pho Ga (chicken soup) and the thai tea. The chicken pho was clean and fresh tasting, with slices of white meat and the ginger dipping sauce (yum!). The thai tea was ok, but I wouldn't get it again. Parking is limited around the area (street metered) on Glendale Blvd. and some residential parking in the back. There's only maybe 10-15 tables so get there early if you want to get in and out quick. We got there around 12:15 and had to wait about 15-20 minutes or so. Looks like this place is getting busier and busier!