My Top-5 for Da Nang is not matching TripAdvisor’s, or necessarily my own top-5. From over a 1000 places to eat in my cosmopolitan ‘hometown’, these are the restaurants and eateries my customers consistently report give great value for money, great food or is a ‘must-try’ when visiting our 3rd city.
#1. Ngon Villa Danang Restaurant
This is rated #1 on TripAdvisor, and rightly so, it’s the sister restaurant to Hoi An’s ‘Home Hoi An’. With a ‘Set’ menu, ‘All You Can Eat’ menu plus ‘A La Carte, the Ngon Villa delivers professional service and outstanding food every time. Situated just 5 minutes from our beautiful My Khe beach, the villa features a mix of French architecture with Vietnamese building materials and technique, to adapt to the tropical climate in Da Nang. Well worth at least one visit to experience high-end Vietnamese cooking at its best.
#2. La Maison Deli
La Maison Deli is neither a deli or French! But it IS a mid-quality Vietnamese restaurant serving, breakfast, lunch & dinner with authentic food created by food expert Phan Ton Ting Hai & chef Nguyen Minh Tuyen. Situated near the Han River south of our Dragon bridge this newish restaurant has gained a great reputation for value-for-money food with slick customer service.
Da Nang is home to probably the most luxurious hotel & resort complex in Vietnam, and Citron is one of THE experiences at the Intercontinental. Situated high up on Son Tra Peninsula (Monkey Mountain) northeast of Da Nang city, views from Citron are worth the visit alone. This restaurant is open most of the day, serving breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea and its sublime dinners. Their Sunday Brunch is always highly rated by my customers but it’s certainly not cheap, 35 minutes out of Da Nang city and you always have to book (this is a resort where their guests have priority, so occasionally their restaurants can be fully booked)
Unusually in Vietnam, Fatfish is owned by a Brit and is what I guess is best described as a ‘fusion’ restaurant joining the Vietnamese & European style – and it works well. Situated alongside our Han River just north of the Dragon Bridge, the lights and view in the evening are lovely, as is the cocktail & beer ‘Happy Hour’ (well, happy 2 hours at the moment from 4-6pm!). Matt the owner has instigated a bit of a renaissance recently with brand new menus and more staff, and there’s a lounge bar downstairs which is popular also.
#5. Banh Xeo Ba Duong
This is my suggested ‘must-try’ experience for my overseas visitors in Da Nang. Bánh Xèo, literally “sizzling pancake”, named after the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet, is a Vietnamese savoury fried pancake made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder. And what better place to try one of our nations favourite foods than with the locals. This local eatery is located some way down a narrow lane, you grab a seat, don’t worry you can’t speak the language, don’t bother with the menu as there isn’t one – the servers see you sitting and the food just appears (basically a one-dish set menu). If its busy you might end up on the 1st floor, but the foods exactly the same. You’ll be served the sizzling pancakes, fresh herbs & vegetables, rice paper and a secret recipe peanut sauce. This is certainly not top-end eating in any way, but the experience is 100% genuine – and to top it all off you pay just peanuts too!