Occasionally we come across situations that might break the very nature of what we do. That is to say repeating and ending the game. We’ve had the conversation a number of times when a place we’ve been moves, renovates or changes management. The rule of thumb so far is that if they have to significantly change the menu we will go back. Which is how we ended up at Lemongrass (formerly House of Vietnam).
In this case they stayed in the same spot (Short Pump Crossing), changed management and added Thai to the menu. The space looks identical to HoV. Down to the art on the walls. Nothing too special there, but we already knew what we were getting. The menus do look different, but the Vietnamese dishes appear to be the same. They might be prepped differently, but we went to Lemongrass for the Thai.
To start we both ordered the Spicy Hot and Sour Soup and Smoked Pork Roll. The soup had a good taste, but it was not hot nor spicy. The rolls were dry and flavorless. They came with a side of sauce that we attempted salvage them with. It was easily the worst roll we’ve ever had. Ethan then had the beef Drunken Noodle, which he ordered with many peppers. It was good, but came back more American medium with moments of heat, than hot. I had the pork Pad Thai. It fell somewhere on the spectrum of average for all the Pad Thai I’ve had. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
Lemongrass stood on the shoulders of House of Vietnam and didn’t do anything with it. The Smoked Pork Roll was markedly not good, but everything else was serviceable. We saw two instances were things were billed as hot and arrived less than advertised. I’d hope that the Vietnamese menu was as good as when we ate there in 2011, but we didn’t try it. If you needed a quick lunch and were in the same shopping center you would not regret a trip, but there are loads of other options worth seeking out instead (HoF).
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