Second time we've been there. Seems to be always crowded, which is a good sign. We had to wait for our tables even though we had reservations. Naturally, the place is noisy with a lot of energy. The wait staff are energetic and work really hard. Our son had ordered ahead of time, which was a good idea for a party of 18. The Imperial Rolls were pretty standard, the bird's nest was good, the beef with vegetables had a lot of leftovers, the spicy garlic green beans were good. The spicy sole was very good. My favorite was the chicken curry, but then I love almost any chicken curry. It was plenty of food for less than $20 per person. I'd go back, again.
Lecheval is a very good Restaurant. I had always enjoy dining at their wonderful place, and service was very good, So I recommand give Big tip to the server. Because They do get to keep most of their tip and the owner doesnt keep a Penny
Now that I have learned the very ugly truth, that the greedy owners here rob hard-working service staff of their rightful gratuities, my growing dislike for this dive has finally snapped to an intense loathing and disgust. Yes, you read that correctly--the servers cannot keep their tips!! No wonder the service staff are so cold and impersonal, they simply don't care, and why should they? You wanna keep supporting an unconscionable and unethical practice, go right ahead, just be well aware of where your gratuity is going and how your own family is contributing.....at any rate, a VERY poor representation of Vietnamese hospitality and cuisine. This place may once have been a shining star, but that time has long since passed. Staff needs serious education in customer service, and perhaps the chefs could use a culinary pilgrimage to the homeland, so they can be reminded how true Vietnamese food should taste, 'cause it sure ain't what they are currently offering up here. Only thing that was even barely passable on my last visit was the bananas flambe, the rest was utter garbage-overcooked noodles, uniform tastes, no attention at all to the delicate balance of seasonings and textures that makes Vietnamese cuisine so alluring. I won't be back, and only went this time under duress from fawning co-workers who clearly know very little about Vietnamese cuisine...
THIS IS MY FAVORITE RESTERAUNT I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! I AM A SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA NATIVE WHO NOW LIVE IN ATLANTA I THINK ABOUT THIS RESTERAUNT ALL THE TIME. THIS IS A FAVORITE AMONG ME AND ALL MY FRIENDS AND ALL OUR BOYFRIENDS!!!(LOL) WE BRING EVERYBODY HERE. THE FOOD IS OUTSTANDING AND THE PRICES ARE REASONABLE COMPARED TO THANG LONG OUR OTHER FAVORITE VIETAMESE RESTERAUNT THAT IS REALLY EXPENSIVE. I SUGGEST THE CLAY POT RICE,FRIED CRAB,IMPERIAL ROLLS,SINGAPORE NOODLES, AND FRIED SHRIMP. WE JUST ORDER A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT DISHES AND EVERYBODY EATS. THE DRINKS OR REALLY GOOD AND INEXPENSIVE. I PLAN ON COMING HOME THIS MONTH AND I WILL DEFINETLY BE AT LE CHEVELY'S AS WE CALL IT(LOL)
terrible service and bad food are never a good combo in my book
amazing to me that so many find this acceptable, desirable even
just proves the old adage that there is simply no accounting for taste
and how in holy heck can the bosses get way with not distributing tips across the service staff, baffle the mind really
yes, i agree the food is not that great but i do go back for my 2 dishes, beef cubed steak (aka shaking beef) and salt and pepper prawns. Having owned a restaurant before myself, I know how hard it is to please every palette of the hardest critics but one sure thing is that to keep a business running, you have to cater to the overwhelming mass of people with lack of tastebuds who digs quantity over qaulity. Cheval's business is doing something right and they're laughing all the way to the bank. Good for them.
Cheval servers were pleasant this Monday night. The house was nearly full , not as hectic as week-ends, that's probably why the mood was more relaxed & friendly than usual. Bambie & me over-ordered. We forgot that the portion sizes are so big. Calamari & veges, lemongrass beef, claypot rice with seafood, spring rolls, 2 vodka martinis. Total price $52. The food here is good, not great. We just kept chugging thru the meal, very happily. Amazingly, we left very little behind. Flavors of each dish are distinct, lemongrass is particularly aromatic. There are more tasty & adventurous Viet Namese places downtown Oaktown. Still I like Le Cheval's Americanized dishes, slightly weightier sauces (No pla nam, salty-sweet-sour-vinegary taste in anything, that's a real PLUS), big portions and low prices. The old dining room has a workingman's charm about it. You get a sense of old town history. I'd rather eat here than nearly anywhere else 4 blocks over in Oakland's Chinatown.
very disappointed in the downward spiral Le Cheval has taken. This was once one of our favorite places in Oakland, so sad to see it go downhill....bad food, poor service, dirty floors, yet still the lines are long...no reason for us to return, clearly they do not need our custom.
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