239 Harvard St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.341065 -71.120836
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 10:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 11:30 AM To 10:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Coolidge Corner South Side
Pho Lemongrass you give a bad name to viet restaurants – Ordered delivery, I got literally 2 bites of fish, and paid $14.50 for it. The veggies and cilantro were wilting.
Bad manager, bad food, bad experience – Dried mushrooms were undersoaked and still hard. Ice cubes tasted like bacteria or something. Dead flowers dropping petals all over table. No one fixes anything. Talked to manager, who said mushrooms are supposed to be chewy - I know the difference between a little chewy and undersoaked - and that water had lemon zest - I know the difference between lemon zest and a dirty refrigeration smell. Told the manager I would skip the mushrooms. Got billed for full meal with no apology. Something's wrong here.
bad customer service, poor pho and ok desert – The waiter just kept coming back to check on us...and I don't mean politely checking to see if u need any service, but to see if u r finished within a few minutes after our bowls arrived. My friend was very hungry so he basically drank the whole bowl of soup and pho in within minutes while I am still eating mine. Lo and behold, the waiter came over and took his bowl, then tried to take mine but realized I was eating, Next 2 minute, another waiter came again, trying to take mine but I told her I didnt finish which she should be able to tell from the full bowl of soup inside, even tho i put down my chopstick....thinking to finish later (its not that theres a lot of food ( the fact is that theres lots of soup but very few rice noodle etc) but I just wasnt trying to finish in one breath. Then again and again waiters came and tried to take it so finally i let them have it even tho I havent tried eating more after the first waiter tried to take it from me when I first put down the chopstick
then since i felt like they really wanted us out (while the rest of the restaurant was empty --at noon)...so I ordered desert. but i ate it ever so slowly since I went there to have a talk with my friend, serious stuff.
so anyway, food was ok. but its the worst place to go if u want to sit around for even half hr more than just eating your food within 5 minute, that is.
don't go – my friends and used to frequent this place often until we recently saw a small creature(roach) at our table. we will not be returning.
my favorite restaurant! – this place is fantastic. their food is amazing. the chicken pho is amazing and so addictive that my husband and i eat it several times a week at the restaurant or take out, the curry tofu or curry chicken with brown rice is another favorite and the spring rolls are crispy and delicious (my mouth is watering right now)...the drinks are also great - even try the frozen non-alcoholic ones! pho pasteur (now le's) cannot hold a candle to this place. i am disappointed every time i settle for other vietnamese. also, the staff here is very friendly and i have never (in the billion times i've been) had a bad experience.
Worst service ever!!! – It seems that they are so concerned with making money that they overlook the experience quality of the customer. The WORST thing for me was when after we finished eating, they virtually threw us out just to sit the next party. When we complained about this treatment their argument was that they are only doing their job, and that I was basically wrong to argue with them.
Yummy food! – This probably isn't 100% authentic Vietnamese food, but it's definitely tasty. The food is great, the decor is relaxing, and the service is awesome. I highly recommend this place.
Come to Coolidge Corner for a perfect introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. – The Scene
Bright, spacious dining rooms provide ample room for diners to construct their own spring rolls and operate fondue hot pots. The attractive bar mixes up a plethora of tropical, rum-heavy house concoctions. Servers are efficient and helpful in deciphering the never-ending, bilingual menu.
Adventurous diners are rewarded with the opportunity to have a hand in the preparation of their meals. A popular choice is the bahn hoi, for which the staff provides rice paper patties to wrap around fresh veggies and stir-fried meats and fish (try the grilled sugar cane shrimp). Bubbling hot pots--filled with vinegar and onions and used to cook raw steak and seafood in a matter of seconds--are great for larger groups. Dependable house specialties include filling pho (hearty noodle soup) and stir-fry dishes. Those looking for a light dessert should opt for green tea ice cream.
Quiet, Reasonable Place for Meeting with Friends – I can't comment too much about the authenticity of the food as I am not familiar with true Vietnamese cuisine, but I have been to Pho Lemongrass several times and have always had a pleasant experience. The food has been quite satisfactory: mango chicken and lemon chicken are my favorites. The spring rolls were yummy. They have a nice selection of mixed and frozen drinks, all priced very very reasonably. My favorite thing about this place, however, is the atmosphere. It is always very quiet and is my favorite place to bring friends when we want to get together and talk for awhile. The service is reasonable, not outstanding, but you never feel rushed. All the entrees are priced very reasonably. I think it's a good value. You feel like you've been out to a nice restaurant without spending more than $20 or $30 total.
Great tasty Vietnamese – We had excellent food here for a cheap price. Definitely get the cubed steak stir friend with onions. Also the steamed fish is very good as well. This is a great place for groups.
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