Respond to Review of Van Hahn Vegetarian Restaurant
Review: Visiting Portland for the first time, we tried Van Hahn because of it's listing at Happy Cow. The atmosphere is abyssmal, the bathroom was frightening and did not have paper towels or even cotton towels, the servers did not seem to understand english. But the food was fairly good. The jicama spring rolls were huge,delicious and cheap - because there were two of us sharing, they gave us 4 rolls instead of 3 and charged us a bit extra - they never asked but we didn't mind. The Spicy spare ribs looked like coiled worms, had an excellent texture, but a strange taste (5 spice powder?) that we didn't enjoy. We ordered the curry vegetables with mock chicken. The mock chicken was the best we had ever had, my carniverous friend was impressed. The curry was just okay, I think that chinese and vietnamese curries just don't appeal to me as much as indian and thai curries do. For dessert I ordered one soft tofu/ginger/coconut dish for dessert, and they brought us two small dishes and charges us for two(communication can be a problem here). Once you stirred up the flavours in the dessert, it was nice like a rice pudding, but not everyone will enjoy the squishy soft tofu texture. While we were there, many people came in to pick up their orders, and a large vietnamese family bought many containers of the mock meats which are available for sale. I always take it to be a good sign when customers favour a restaurant that serves their cultural foods. If we are ever in Portland again, we will pick up some dishes from this restaurant, but not eat in again. The prices (except for the tofu dessert) are exceptionally low.
Posted by kindlizard on Thursday, September 3, 2009