I like to hit up this place when i'm in the mood for something a little different. I really love their claypot curry dish, shaking beef, and salmon with coconut rice, as well as their ginger-lime elixir drink. (Not a fan, however, of the "shrimp chip" things they give you before the meal.)
- General Info:
- Gingergrass Silver Lake is casual restaurant and bar that offers a range of Vietnamese dishes. Its appetizer menu includes vegetarian imperial and fresh tofu summer and grilled shrimp rolls. The restaurant serves chicken, pork, and tofu noodle bowls. Gingergrass Silver Lake lunch menu includes chicken breasts, pork chops, lemongrass chicken and banana leaf fish. It also offers entertainment options and hosts live music shows. The restaurant additionally maintains space for wedding rehearsal dinners, company parties, special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor parties and family reunions.
- Extra Phones:
Fax: (323) 644-1625
- Payment method:
- mastercard, visa, amex, discover, all major credit cards
- Silver Lake, East La, East LA
- Asian Restaurants, Restaurants, Vietnamese Restaurants, Caterers
- Other Information:
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian, Caterers
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Parking: Street, On Site
Price Range : Average
08/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've been dabbling with the idea of trying Ginger Grass for a while. I heard it was a great place for Bun, Banh Mi, and Pho in the Silverlake area. Growing up Vietnamese Chinese I'm pretty picky about my those aforementioned dishes because homemade was always the best or living in the San Gabriel Valley and being driving distance to Little Saigon you could get authentic and good almost anytime.
I was prepared for a complete bastardization of Vietnamese cuisine but hoping for a good plate of Asian Fusion. Instead, I came away really impressed. I had the Noodle Bowl with Grilled Shrimp and Imperial Roll. It was 10.50!!! the Imperial roll addition cost $1.50 for a little tiny roll the size of my thumb. My grandma would lecture me firmly for even thinking about paying for something like that. However, the little imperial roll was well done. Reminded me of Grandma's freshly fried Cha Gio. The grilled shrimp was well marinated with definite lemongrass flavors. I suspect either the nuoc cham (dressing) or the shrimp had a bit of msg in it because an hour after eating the bowls my bf was passed out in a food coma and i got my typical msg headache induced coma an hour after he did. Not verifiable though...but suspicious.
We ordered the Gingergrass fresh rolls, which was a suped up summer roll, packed with avocado, crab, and a good amount of mint and/or basil. It was served with a mayo mixed with sambal, which i found a little weird. Too creamy for the rolls. I squirted some hoisin sauce and sirracha on the plate and it was much better with the rolls. I didn't want to ask for another sauce cuz the waitress seemd a bit overwhelmed despite the restaurant being only half full on a late Saturday afternoon. She brought our appetizers out after we halfway into our noodle bowls.
My boyfriend ordered their limeade. It was watered down. He loves a good soda chanh so was a bit disappointed with it. I ordered the gingergrass ginger ale, and it was very very gingery.
We saw people crunching on the shrimp chips which they sold by the bags. I LOVED shrimp chips growing up. My grandma would fry them in a big wok in our backyard, crispy, shrimpy, yummy! We bought a bag to take with us on a road trip, it didn't disappoint. Brings back the memories. At $1.50 a bag, by one of those instead of spending it on the imperial roll addition to your noodle bowl.
We gotta go back for dinner, try the pho and the claypot catfish, and their cocktails. (Oh yeah, we ordered the vietnamese coffee ice cream for dessert, creamy, fluffy, with a hint of coffee and served with best gingersnap cookies i've ever had.) I want to make my way down their dessert list too.
To sum up, I would go there to get my vietnamese fix without driving to westminster or san gabriel and know that i'm going to get well executed food. I woudln't take my mom or grandma there though. They'd be horrified with the prices. And, I'll probably drink a lot of water before and after just in case they do use msg.
04/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have never been compelled to write a review - until tonight - about Gingergrass. This restaurant has gotten my money and patronage since opening and used to be my favorite place to eat - fresh, tasty food, reasonable prices, nearby location, you know, all good stuff.
But never in my life have I personally witnessed a restaurant fall so far from grace, leaving me with only the hazy memory of its former glory.
First, the food is so saturated with a salty, saucy coating that most all the dishes taste the same... Now I am not a horse, but you may as well serve up a salt block, garnished with a sprig of alfalfa.
Second, there has recently been a mysterious shortage of rice. On several occasions I've been told they were out of rice, and would I like something else? Certainly not! I am Asian, and I need rice with my Asian food! Whoever takes charge of rice I deem unfit for Asian food service till the end of time.
Third, if I wanted to listen to new age trance on loop all night, I'd be at my little brother's high school rave party.
Fourth, although I don't eat at Gingergrass nearly as often as I used to, the food still manages to give me horrible indigestion EVERY SINGLE TIME. Maybe I'll post my next review on LA's public health page...
I'm the kind of person who doesn't mind traveling miles to eat good food. I know this little Vietnamese restaurant/market in Chinatown, which I don't even know the name of, and I've been going there for years. They serve really great Vietnamese Noodle soup and other great dishes, and it's always full of Vietnamese people. Gingergrass is not in that league, BUT they do it well in their own way. The ingredients are fresh. That's really great. Even some of the "authentic" Vietnamese restaurants give you basil or mint with wilting edges - don't even talk about bean sprouts! For a restaurant in the prime spot in Silver Lake, Gingergrass is not as pretentious as other places and their prices are reasonable.
01/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
this is one of my favorite restaurants, so to be fair, I have to say I absolutely love the Shaking Beef and the Tofu dish. On the other hand, I've almost gotten sick to my stomach a couple of times that I've gone in for lunch and saw how dirty the servers' clothes looked. I looked down and this server's shoes looked like he had partied too hard the previous night, stepped all over his peeuk , went to sleep and rolled off the bed right over to do his shift at Gingergrass. and the worst thing is that when they're carrying too many dishes, they lean them against their sweaty body with dirty clothes. There's one particular server that the last time I walked in the restaurant, I just had to leave. He has an extreme amount of facial hair (very puffy, long beard), and on my last trip, I thought I saw my food almost touch his beard when he was walking through the tables. I thought there were some food serving laws against facial hair being that ungroomed? I've cut down a lot on my trips to Gingergrass for the simple cleanliness of the servers, and when I do go, I try to eat at the tail end of lunch so that they're not too busy and my food doesn't have to touch their unlaundried shirt or ungroomed facial hair.
06/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've always had good dining experience at Gingergrass. I like going on Thursdays because just accross the street there's a wine vendor offering wine tasting. So I first find parking which can be dicey, I put my name on the list at Gingergrass, along with my cell no. so they can call me when my table is ready. Then we scoot across the street for some wine tasting. Every time we've decided on an appropriate bottle of wine, we're called letting us know our table is ready. Typical of the Silverlake/Los Feliz area, you'll find the crowd is eclectic, and the mood is casual and overall friendly. I've sampled most of their menu and haven't found fault in it. Be reminded though, this is Americanized Vietnamese food, that is all good. If you're looking for ""authentic"" then consider going to Garden Grove (try Brodard @ 9100 Trask Ave, or Pho Lu @ 10141 Westminster Ave). But given gas prices today, I'll go to Gingergrass every Thursday for my Vietnamese food fix.