Green Leaf

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by Lafayette Eats on November 9, 2012

Location: 111 S. River Road, West Lafayette, IN (map it)
Phone: (765) 743-2288
Cuisine: Vietnamese

I want to clear something up before I start this review. And that is that I have very little experience eating Vietnamese food. I realize this is a moral failing on my part, but I want it understood as this review is being read that I have no real comparison to how good this food is in relation to other Vietnamese food. I can only review it on how it tastes to me as food.

So with that cleared up, I got a text this morning from a friend asking if I wanted to go out to lunch. I said yes and responded that I really wanted to go to Green Leaf. I have heard many good things, and was even asked recently if I’d been there or reviewed it, so I knew my time had come.

Green Leaf is located in the strip mall near the Levee – near where Bombay Indian is and where Fuzzy’s used to be. Parking is kind of a pain, depending on which direction you are coming from, but once you get in, there’s a nice covered garage. The restaurant itself is very nice. It’s very open, bright and cheery, but also very clean. It’s mainly one large room with tables and chairs. The atmosphere is really casual.

Upon entering, we were told to just sit anywhere. We found a place and were immediately served water and given menus. Now, having never been to a Vietnamese restaurant before, I did a little research and learned that the Pho (pronounced like fuh) is really the thing to get for first timers. Pho is a noodle soup. It’s basically a soup served with beef or chicken, rice noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro, green onion, and broth. I chose chicken (pho ga) and my friend choose beef (pho tai nam). I also ordered an appetizer of cha gio – which are egg rolls.

I thought the food was great. First we were delivered a little dish with bean sprouts, lime, cilantro, and jalapenos. Then came our bowls of soup. It was served with a soup spoon and chop sticks. You use the chop sticks to drop the desired amount of sprouts/cilantro etc into your soup, and then you use the chop sticks combined with the spoon to eat the Pho.

The service was great too. The server was really friendly and not overbearing. After a while, the place got really crowded, and it seems that it’s a popular spot for lunch in West Lafayette. I’d really recommend it and I’d go again.

Kid Friendly: Yes – but you won’t find typical kid food or a kids’ menu.

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jharp November 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Exactly the kind of restaurant I am looking to try. And try it I will.

Sounds great. Thanks.

Any authentic Mexican restaurants in Lafayette?

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Amy November 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I’ve got a few favorites in terms of Mexican, but I always tell people to try Taco Rico first.

http://lafayette-eats.com/2008/11/15/taco-rico/

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jharp November 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Thank you Amy.

Looks good.

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Bob December 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

If you want to try great Vietnamese food in Indianapolis, try King Wok near Lafayette Square. I used to work near there, and ate there several times each month. I don’t go very often anymore, but I do go out of my way to eat there when I can. http://www.yelp.com/biz/king-wok-nha-hang-co-do-indianapolis

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Betty September 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

jharp: for Mexican, I really love Mi Cabanita on Teal Road and Taqueria El Maguey on Elmwood near the Arni’s in the nearly defunct shopping mall by the Lafayette BMV. It was an old KFC, I think, and still looks a bit like one. They both seem pretty authentic to me. I think Lafayette Eats reviewed them both in the past (and I think that’s why I went to Mi Cabanita the first time). I love both of those places so much that I haven’t looked for any other Mexican places in town, but I’ll have to check out Taco Rico per Amy’s suggestion.

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