The Original Pho in Koreatown. I went to this place a couple of times in 1998. It was different than the regular Vietnamese Pho restaurant in Chinatown, Monterey Park, Alhambra and other place where the Vietnamese were at. But in Koreatown, the Vietnamese did not got a foot hold here yet. This was the Original Pho restaurant in Koreatown, owned and operated by Koreans. It was similar to the Vietnamese Pho but has it's own originality that suit the Korean taste. And after having had Vietnamese Pho Vietnamese style, it is interesting to try it different style the Korean way. But after the couple of time I went to this restaurant, for some reasons the place just got too busy with no room for parking. Being that it is too crowded for me to find parking and I am not going to fight tooth & nail to find parking just to get a bowl of Pho, Thus I did not came here again. And now I wonder if it was the swarming tactics used by some business to keep customers away from a competitor business, thus keeping me away from this O.G. Korean Pho Restaurant. In any case I stop eating here and later notice that there are Vietnamese Pho restaurants, owns by Vietnamese and not Korean, popping up all over Koreatown. So if you want to eat Pho in Koreatown and want to get a feel of Korea, go tho this Pho restaurant in Koreatown. There are others Pho restaurants in Koreatown that has reviewers who are shills that say they are own by korean such as Pho 2000, but it is a lies. The only O.G. Korean Pho restaurant that I know first hand is this restaurant. If you are going to be in Koreatown, then eat at this OG Korean Pho.
OK, this place isn't as great as some of my friends think it is, but it's really good. Our service, by the way, was excellent - top notch. Their pho is different than I'm used to - my fave local place is Pho in Silver Lake - but it's large and filled with all sorts of numminess. They could possibly add more ingredients to offset the noodles, but it's very tasty. The spring rolls are wonderful - I could eat those all day. The shrimp paste rolls were fresh tasting and generous. And the salads were similarly well made, tasty and had all fresh ingredients. No, it won't knock your socks off - it's just really good food served in a nice ambience. Great place to hang and have either a romantic dinner or a casual lunch with friends.
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.
They actually open @ 11:30. Parking in the rear...Pho-nomenal !!! Great Value. I had the House Special. Rare Steak& sumptuous brisket, meatballs, tendon*much better than it sounds* & were out of tripe*perhaps a blessing-you can get it sans tripe. Big steaming bowl.A very spicy*not hot-perhaps cinnamon* broth&lots of noodle(large) Actually get to chose your own fixin's*can you say as much basil or sprouts as you want? * All the required condiments. Friendly attentive service. Truly a trea$ure...
Good and family friendly... This Vietnamese place has been serving consistently good food in a cool atmosphere that is casually hip, but in an open and kid friendly atmosphere, fitting right into the Atwater Village vibe. I have enjoyed many pho, sandwich and noodle dishes here and have enjoyed them all. Am particularly fond of the vegetarian and fish dishes. Service is courteous but not the fastest, so be prepared for a leisurely meal. Take out is available too. Enjoy!
Ever since I discovered the existence of bun bo hue (spicy and sour noodle soup!), I was in search of Pho place that serves the dish. I was reading reviews and everyone said this place has a good bun bo hue. It was not the best bun bo hue but I did like it. I also tried regular pho and that was just okay. This place only takes cash!
Fantastic little spot. With a great menu for Vietnamese food but also really excellent wine listings. Duc the owner has a very high knowledge of wines and always helps select some really awesome wines I have never had before. The pho here is delicious and a good size. Broth is clean and delicious as well as there vietnamese coffee too!
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.)
Pho is always hot and fresh. They have downstair seatings with wine cellar. Amazing collections of wine. Friendly and helpful staff. It gets pretty packed on weekends and if you want to sit dowstairs, I suggest you make reservation.
One of my favorite pho joints in the LA area! I tend to like the pho places that are not owned by Koreans because the authentic places are the best. Portion is smaller than most places but it's tasty and clean. Valet parking.