Review: Long ThanhAuthor: EatHSE | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
5707 East 71st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Long Thanh is a local Vietamese Restaurant located near the corner of Binford Blvd. and E. 71st St. on the far northeast Side of Indianapolis. The restaurant has a good amount of positive reviews online and was recommended by a family member, so I decided to check it out for lunch. Long Thanh does not have a web site and I did not note prices of most of the items I ordered. However, pricing is comparable to similar restaurants of this genre and you can easily have lunch for $7.00.
What I Got:
Hot & Sour Soup (pictured above). I order this soup nearly every time I dine somewhere that offers it on their menu. Although the appearance of the soup looks up to par, mine tasted like it was a day old or had been taken from a pot where it had been or the burner too long or was burnt on the bottom.
Rice Beef Noodle Combo. This is one of my wife’s favorite dishes and I tried a few bites. I thought the presentation was colorful and the produce was fresh. The beef was overcooked and tough which made what looked like an appetizing dish end up being under par.
Lemongrass Chicken: This is not a Vietnamese dish but usually one of my favorites when I go to other similar restaurants. This dish should have been called Oniongrass chicken. Where was the chicken and where the fresh sprouts that makes this such a good dish? The rice was dry and not sticky and the egg roll tasted like a standard frozen egg roll that was deep fried.
Goi Rolls. Goi Rolls are one of my favorite appetizers. When sharing two Goi Rolls, you want them to be the same. In this case, one had many pieces of shrimp while the other only had one. Overall, the roll was good but the dipping sauce was awful. At most other restaurants, the sauce is soy based where in this case, it was a heavy peanut sauce which ruined the appetizer.
Pho Soup. In most of the other reviews I read on Long Thanh, the most positive comments were on their Pho. Epicurious.com has a Beef Pho recipe that includes what I believe to be the requirements for a good Pho. The soup came out hot, the produce was not overcooked and the broth had a solid beef taste. If there was ginger in the soup, I could not taste it and the beef was a bit overdone for my taste. The Pho Soup was certainly the best menu item I tried at this lunch.
Pancake; $6.95. The picture came out blurry but I can say the pancake was nice and crisp on the outside and loaded with shrimp, bean sprouts, onion and everything else a good pancaked should have. My family likes to order one for the table to pass around and share.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes & No. A lesson confirmed on this day is when you choose to go to a restaurant that specializes in a certain cuisine or type of ethnic food,Vietnamese in this case, choose items from that portion of the menu and stay away from the rest. The pancake and Pho were solid and is a worthy lunch if you are in the neighborhood. What keeps me at a maybe instead of a yes is how bad the service was. It was so slow and the wait staff came to our table three times: once to take the order, once to deliver the food and once to deliver the bill after I begged for it. This is not a good stop if you are in a hurry for lunch. Any of the food that was not Vietnamese in origin was dreadful and should be avoided if you choose to visit Long Thanh