Houston >Restaurants > Les Givral's Kahve
4601 Washington Ave, Houston, TX | Directions 7700729.770480 -95.407648
Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
I found the food to be lacking in quality and also in quantity. I had the charbroiled shrimp and the order was SO small, almost nothing in the way of shrimp. Now mind you, the prices are good, but I would prefer slightly higher prices with more quantity food. Finally, the counter lady was very rude, not just with us, but also we noticed with another customer just because he had an issue with something. She will be keeping business away!
I ordered the soup and was extremely disappointed. I ordered the "all meats" soup. When I received it, there was a very smelly stringy substance on top. At first I thought that it was squid. When I tasted it I almost threw-up. The 2 small meat balls were also putrid, probably due to the broth smell. Although soups were offered with other meat (chicken, etc) there was none in my bowl. The 3rd meat was a thin sliced beef that was OK, The broth was awful. I asked the server what the smelly stuff was and she related it was TRIPE. I went to the apparent owner, an elderly female, and explained that I couldn't eat the soup, the bowl was still full. I didn't want to order something else because I feared a cook being insulted and taking it out on my order. Accordingly, I offered to take a small order of the prepared spring rolls sitting on the counter (half the price of my order) and the manager told me "eat soup, it good...I explain to future diners that the menu label is wrong" (which she admitted). I left hungry and sorely disappointed. I will never return. The manager does not understand customer service and that the customer is always right. My appetizer was OK, but the food was terrible, which coupled with the rude manager ruined my meal.
Like the original but with a new face – Just like Downtown but with a bar and a cool design. I had my usual Chargrilled Pork with Vermicelli and some Spring Rolls. This is actually the first time I had it for dinner since the other location closes early. And Linh is here now!
Very average – Plain Jane the whole way. It's counter ordering, and you pick up your own silverware, drinks, etc. Considering they don't need wait staff, the tables remained unbussed for quite a while. The portions are on the lean side. I ordered papaya salad with shrimp, and there were actually only three shrimp -- cut in half to look like there were six shrimp. It was uninteresting and boring. The interior has cheap tables and chairs and some artwork for sale on the wall. The garage parking on a Sunday afternoon was fine. All in all, a big yawn.
Citysearch Editorial Review – With little more than pub grub available for a quick and casual meal along Washington Ave, Les Givrals fills the void with affordable bánh mì and pho. Done up with a breathtaking installation of crisscrossed wooden beams and color changing menu screens, the shop definitely meets the hipness quotient demanded by the area. Nearby office workers file in during lunch for the spring rolls, vermicelli dishes and sandwiches and there’s plenty of room for them in the sunny dining area. Changing daily specials bring some variety to the menu while strong Vietnamese coffee perks diners up for the rest of the afternoon slog.
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