Respond to Review of Van Hahn Vegetarian Restaurant
Review: A friend recommended this restaurant, telling us not to miss the Green Papaya Salad -- but that item wasn't listed on the menus handed to us in the restaurant. Perhaps it is seasonal? Instead, we had spring rolls, which were fresh and tasty and accompanied by a good peanut sauce. We tried two main dishes. The Lemon Grass Tofu Sticks had an amazing consistency, like very tender meat on the bone. They tasted delicious -- although too salty. If you don't mind something reminiscent of real meat, you'll like this menu item. We also had Thai Fried Rice, which had a few veggies mixed in along with strips of fake meat, and a some large florets of broccoli alongside it. The fried rice had a hint of spiciness and a pretty good flavor -- nothing too exciting, but not bad, either. As for the service, it was efficient, but the waitress was dour at best. She never smiled, only mumbling the occasional reply to a question. No, she wasn't just the silent type -- she looked really unhappy to be there. The atmosphere at Van Hahn is very basic and plain, but that's fine -- you don't go expecting cloth napkins and lovely decor. Overall, I'd consider going back on occasion to sample some of their different dishes, and I give a moderate recommendation. Worth a try if you're in Portland, but don't come with sky-high expectations.