Sometimes food is so good that is just makes you mad. You're angry because it isn't fair that you ever have to eat anything else but this food. I haven't had Vietnamese food since I've been in LA & I've been looking forward to the opening of gingergrass in silverlake for weeks. Oh my God, was it good. The food was really fresh & inspired, the service was quick and friendly, the atmosphere was trendy but tasteful--the whole experience was top notch.
6:30 Sunday evening, after a busy day shopping with the girls & hiking with the boys, our party of three grabbed the last empty table & dug in to complimentary fried rice chip thingies with peanut sauce (yum) while we devoured the menu. To start off, we ordered vegetarian imperial rolls--wonderfully crispy and greasy and savory, fresh tofu summer rolls--wonderfully herby, and "gingergrass" fresh rolls with crab & avocado. Each order came with its own special dipping sauce & prices for all the appetizers range between about $4-$6. And our drinks were amazing. They don't serve alcohol here, but you re welcome to BYO (go silverlake wine across the street, but try not to get hit by a car). They do have tasty non-alcoholic beverages--we all got the "basil lime elixir" which was amazing. Kind of like a mojito, but with basil syrup instead of the mint--seems strange but it was oh so good. Oli got the fresh ginger limeade which was sweet, & overpoweringly gingery.
Next up we ordered the only 2 vegetarian main dishes to share (although they come as entrees, not a la carte)--The tofu noodle bowl ($6.25) consisted of perfectly soft rice noodles, shredded lettuce, pickled veggies, and herbs topped with beautifully fried soft tofu. The "gingergrass" tofu ($9.75) consisted of a pile of garlicky baby bok choy & shitake mushrooms, a pile of those amazing fried tofu cubes, a pile of broken jasmin rice (which was the best rice I have had in my life), some vietnamese slaw & a sauce for the whole thing. We also got some taro root chips because who can resist taro root.
They've also got some amazing looking salads, pho, of course, and sandwiches. Lots of fish, beef, chicken & pork, but enough veggie dishes to hold you through until dessert.
We went for the fried banana spring rolls which were served on a swirl of chocolate sauce along with a coconut dipping sauce. Need I say more? Oli got the vietnamese iced coffee which you brew at your table. The little vietnamese coffee brewer sits on top of your cup & slowly extrudes the strongest, most delicious coffee into a pool of waiting condensed milk. Pour this over a glass of ice & you've got the most amazing coffee drink ever. It's so flavorful, it almost tastes like chocolate. We all decided that if this place was open in the morning we would meet here before work for this coffee.
Gingergrass is bound to be a hit. Open only for a week, it was already packed on a sunday night. Luckily it's also open for lunch, so I can go 2x a day.
gingergrass: fresh vietmanese cuisine
2396 Glendale Blvd
Silver Lake, CA 90039