Great vegetarian selection.
My husband and I are vegan and we love Cafe Trang. They have a fair sized vegetarian section in the menu, and you'll notice if you look through the rest of the menu that many of the other dishes can be made vegetarian by substituting tofu for the protein. They also say on the menu which dishes can be made vegan.
One of our favorite dishes is the lemongrass tofu, which is tofu triangles coated with lemongrass and curry and pan fried with hot chilies and curried onion. Another favorite is the vegetarian malaysian noodles, which are are curried broad noodles with tofu and vegetables mixed in.
The reason I gave Trang 4 instead of 5 stars is that a couple of times, out of the 20 or 30 times we've eaten there, the food was sub-par. I'm thinking they may have been training a new chef.
If you can go somewhere else I would.... Cafe Trang, has a lot of options, they have chinese food and some sushi I believe too. The lunch specials are by far the best deal, if you want EXACTLY what they are offering, they will not substitute side dishes, even if you have an allergy to what the side is. I honestly recommend walking an extra block to J-Wongs which is just as expensive if not more but they will work with you on your order and They have english speaking workers answering the phones so you can actually get your order right with out confusion or stress
Great Ambiance in a Historic building music is free.. Please do not visit Ann's "Cafe Trang", unless you are ready for some exciting, good food. I was new in town and they have given me new faith in International Asian cuisine. They are planning renovations to the interior that sould extremely exiting by an award winning design firm, too.
The 171 is amazing.. A must go for delicious Asian fare. Make your own spring rolls, dip them in the peanut sauce, and sit back and smile as your mouth goes to a happy place. Man, I miss this place since moving back East. Order an extra skewer of fried Tofu, and split your platter! So delicious! My friends and I would tell the wait staff if we were on lunch hour, and were always out in time to head back to work. Good times!
Worst Service. The service at this restaraunt was terrible. The restaurant was pretty much empty and it took them 20 minutes to get out out appetizers. Then they brought us the wrong the beer and it went downhill from there. There were 5 tables occupied in the entire restaurant. They served my husband his entree and did not bring mine out for 15 minutes. We said something to the waitress and another woman appeared who we had not seen before and said it was her fault - ??? She proceeded to tell us the restaurant was very busy and that was the delay for the food and offered to remake my husbands now cold entree. No one refilled our water until we asked for the check nor did they ask if we wanted another drink or check on our meal.
Hmmm.. Just went here for the first time the other night. The place was clean, and inviting. The service was pretty slow. I didn't get a refill on my drink ever, but we did get our waters refilled once or twice. The waitress gave us our check and said she'd be our cashier, but never came back. The prices were reasonable to me, and the food fairly good. What I was disappointed in was their vegetarian menu. Being a vegetarian I was quite excited to see a whole section devoted to vegetarianism. Unfortunately quite a few of the dishes (mainly the soups) weren't vegetarian at all! Every soup was made either with chicken or beef stock. At least they wrote it on the menu though, right? My husband loved it though. We'll probably go back, but not often that's for sure.
THE BEST!!!. YOu should try the new locations, they have better service and better environment, the food was GREAT !!! should check out the new locations :)
halcyon days. once upon a time Cafe Trang was my favorite place to eat, those days however are long gone. when they changed their menu at in 2005/06 they really got it wrong. as many other reviews have stated they are a VIETNAMESE restaurant and should have stuck to what made them good, regrettably they did not. also they raised the prices on most menu items by about $1.00 except the vegetarian items which rose by $3-4.00, being a vegetarian this was the final straw, i took one look at the "new" menu, stood up, walked out, and have never gone back. i hope some other restaurant opens and takes their place. and to the old Trang, we all miss you, we know you won't come back but please consider it, plus haven't you noticed a steady decline in business? you can even see it from the outside.
Slow wait service, Burned food at downtown location. Some 2 years ago, a trusted friend recommended CafeTrang and because I enjoy and love trying Asian restaurants, I went expecting great food. What I got was slow service (and with only some 3 tables of people present) and 2/3 of my plate selections, burned. The spring roll was black burned on half the portion and the rice was also burned. I tried a very small portion of the rice that didn't appear as burned, and it had an "old" , "been in the restaurant too long" taste. I returned my meal, and left. NOT recommended.
Amaizing asian food. This was my dad's favorite restaurant when he worked downtown. Now it is one of mine. The selection is great. There is always something new to try and I am always amaized when I try a new dish. The food is excellent. The only drawback is the need to drive there. I highly recommend it. If you like asian food, you will love Cafe Trang.
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