Lavang's is the place to go !.
My husband and I have become regulars hear after trying many Pho Restaurants between Sherwood to Portland, And this place by far has the best Pho ever ! And we just love the owner, He has been great to us from the fist time we came in, And he always takes the time to talk to us and our kids as well, We have been there many times to see him in all kinds of situations , and we have found him to really care about his customers orders, He does not like when kitchen staff makes customers wait to long for there food, and he also likes peoples orders put in as they come in, That way it is who comes in first gets there order in first... Very nice I think since I have had to sit many times and watch other people get taken care of when they came in after I did.
And did I mention that they have Salad Rolls that Rock the House... The owner makes them fresh as you order them,,,,,, So if you want some great food and to be around a owner who knows how to keep it real Lavang's is your place.....
the best Vietnamese food - small. Listen - if you want Vietnamese food without the hassel in Lake Oswego this is it, fresh and full of flavor. If you want service and someone to kiss your butt, go to a corporate chain. They have amazing Pho, the broth is just perfect. We also love the pork noodle bowl. Yea the owner is blunt and will say it like it is, who cares - as long as he's serving me some authentic Vietnamese food at a good price why complain. And to the person who thinks the owner was infatuated with your 5 year old daughter, you are sick. His wife is in the back cooking, and chances are he probably wasn't paying attention to you because of your poor attitude and snobbish standards.
Good food, but be patient and speak clearly.
I work in Lake Oswego and typically go to Lavang about 2-3 times a month with co-workers. Everytime I go the service is pretty bad, but the Pho is sooo good. You must be patient, just order your food, speak clearly then wait until it arrives, and for Gods sake don't complain, otherwise "No soup for you!!!". Nobody gets special treatment at Lavang. If you go in with the expectation that you'll be getting treated in warm friendly manner I guarantee you'll be disappointed; if not shown the door. Enjoy the food and just laugh at how bad the service is, for me it starting to be part of the allure too...
PS - Never compliment the owner on how good the food is. He's so arrogant he already knows, and will tell you that he already knows. Plus, nobody get special treatment at Lavang and buttering him up gets you know where...
Trust me I've tried!
I am not surprised to read another review of what can only be described as loony customer service at Lavang. The interesting thing about all the poor feedback with respect to the "owner" is that he is not the owner? The nice young lady named Lucy is the owner and the male employee is.......well not. What it is exactly that he thinks he owns or what his version of ownership might be is difficult to say. I would take the Soup Nazi any day and twice on Sundays.
WORSE EXPERIENCE EVER - pyscho server/owner. We found this restaurant with our GPS. It looked OK from the outside and when we got inside we were excited. The waiter whom we later found out was the owner led us to our table. He was quite talkative to our 5 year old daughter but we thought he was just being friendly. Things went downhill from here. After waiting about 10 minutes he finally came over to take our order. First he said "you want some appetizers" and I said "no." No big deal. I asked for some drinks and then he said "you going to eat Pho?". I said yes but when I ordered the first item, which wasn't pho, he looked very upset. I explained to him that I wanted Pho for me and my daughter but my wife wanted something else. At first I thought his reaction was a joke but the guy was dead serious. At this point we realized we may not come again. After 5 minutes he brought some Pho out. My daughter's order was wrong but what was more wrong was that he kept talking to her and ignoring me and my wife.... it was getting creepy. I asked again for our drinks and he mumbled something while he walked away apparently ignoring us. 5 minutes later there were no drinks, not even water. A new cusomter came in who new the guy by name... She had drinks within 1 minute. While he was yacking away with his preferred customer my wife went and talked to the other employee and asked her for drinks. She gave her some water and my wife had to carry it back herself. At this point we were not coming back again and I concluded that the guy was either dumb, lazy, ignorant or all of the above. I was wrong since I found out he is just crazy. So after we picked up our own water he brought over a bowl. He said "you wanted a bowl right?". We said "no" and that it was water we wanted. He had an attitude now and we were ready to leave. I said let's eat real quick and get out... no way were we leaving a tip... Things didn't go smoothly though. He was giving us a nasty look and after a few minutes he came over and said "what you upset about the water?" My wife said "yes about the water and upset about the service." He flipped out now and started yelling at us. He grabbed the bowls of food we had while we were eating and told us to get out. I was just dumbfounded now. I said "let's go." One the way out my wife talk to the other employee and asked to speak to the manger. She said he was the owner. He starting yelling quite a bit now and we got out pretty fast. While in the car I saw the guy throwing stuff around the restaurant at our table completely ignoring the other diners who were all staring at him...... Long story short, STAY AWAY FROM THIS RESTAURANT unless you like psychotic service from people short of a few marbles. The only person he was nice to was our daughter but that was a creepy sort of nice. This guy clearly had mental issues. This was the worst service I had seen in my whole life. I've seen some pretty bad service but I've never felt so compelled to go online and write a review (my first). Maybe you don't believe me or think I was a high maintenance customer but if you look around you'll see other reviews regarding the atrocious service from this restaurant from this guy....
Never coming back again!!!!!. I came with my co workers to celebrate his birthday at this restaurant, and we swear we never come back here again. First of all, i don't know he is the waiter or the owner but he is extremely rude to us. We ordered 2 orders of spring rolls, so we must have 2 plates and 2 bowls of sauces, but the waiter only brought out 1 plate of 4 spring rolls and 1 bowl of sauce while we have 8 people. Second, when we need some napkins, he came out and throw it on the table. Third, my friend ordered a pho, and it was cold, so she asked to warm it up. The waiter shouted and grunted at her , and he refused to do it. We left the restaurant feeling not very happy and we had to pay 15 % on the bill on the very bad service.
The Pho will warm your bones on a winter night. The Pho, spring rolls, it is all good - its a neighborhood restaurant not a yuppie spot so don't expect 3 waiters to serve you - get up off your butt and get the water if you see Chris is swamped - try saying hello to Luci, the other cook and Martin the kitchen helper. If your plastic, you won't like it.
MY FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT. We have eaten at Lavang at least 10 times since we discovered it several months ago. Everything we have had tastes fresh, and the flavors in the food are mouth tingling. The portions are big enough for my wife and I to share sometimes. Must try are the salad rolls, they are the best we have tried in Portland. This is the best restaurant value in town. It is a hidden treasure in Lake Oswego that is easy to drive by and not see. It is worth seeking out!
to the woman who complained in her review, she
missed eating the most delightful food! Not too spicy,
as you can add your own level of heat to your food.
I can't wait to return.
Please don't let the boring outside of the building
keep you from entering into very nice decor inside.
Great food, Great service.
first off, I have no idea what you guys mean when you say that the current owner is rude. To us anyway, he's always been really nice, and a generally good guy. We usually come right around closing time, but he serves us anyway. We ate there today (we usually go every month or two), and we ordered the salad roll, and he left, and then he came back with the salad rolls. And in reference to the person who said that he touched the salad rolls with his bare hands, well, guess what people use in the kitchen in other restaurants. His hands were clean. Also, he remembers you, and he wasn't terribly thrilled, either.
Oh ya, their food...
I reccomend their chicken skewer or salad rolls as an appetizer...
I can't just reccomend one entree because they're all really good.
If you want pho, the chicken doesn't have too much flavor, but it's pretty good, I'd reccomend any kind of beef.
If you want a rice plate, the chicken is very good.
If you want something else, their fried rice is really good. He fries it so that there are a bunch of crispy bits and it also tastes good.
Their coconut ice cream is very good for dessert. It has an interesting texture, but that's a good thing.
So anyway, great service, great food, eat there
Just like mom used to make. Growing up in a Thai household Pho and Thai meatball soup were favorites of mine. Since leaving home I dont think I have had a better bowl then at Lavang. Tonight was my first experience there. I did order my food to go so I didn't get full service, but what I did recieve was a very friendly welcome. The Pho is rediculously good, altho I have had way better fresh rolls....but I guess you cant have everything. If you live close and you are looking for a warm bowl of deliciousness, this is it....I know I will definitely be a regular.
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