Exploring a city’s culinary scene is probably the best way to get to know the culture, traditions, people, and of course, the flavors. Needless to say, to achieve this, you must taste some (if not all) of the best local specialties during your visit. Vietnam is no exception. This part of Southeast Asia is less popular compared to its sister countries, but the food does not disappoint. Of course, there are plenty of Vietnamese restaurants in Vietnam, but to find the best ones can be challenging especially with the language barrier. Fret not! In this article, we’ve gathered five of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Da Nang, Vietnam. Enjoy!
Bep Hen Restaurant
You probably have heard of pho and Vietnamese spring rolls. Yes, they are some of Vietnam’s most popular dishes, but to be frank, there are better dishes that represent Vietnam. There is no better place to explore that than in the Vietnamese home kitchen.
Bep Hen Restaurant offers exactly that. They serve food straight out of their homey kitchen. You would think a place like this only serves a few items, but no, their menu offers a wide range of dishes. From stir-fried chicken to braised pork, vegetable soup to porridge, they have it all. Everything is served in individual hot pots, alongside a big bowl of rice to share. I recommend you to get the caramelized pork belly and eggs, this dish is just so decadent!
Bep Hen is located on 47 Lê Hồng Phong, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu of Da Nang. It is not hard to find if you use Google Maps. However, it is probably a little tricky to spot because even though it is located right by the road, it is sort of hidden behind trees and plants, the restaurant’s own concept garden. They are open for lunch and dinner with a short break from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.
Hai San Ba Ro
Ask anyone who lives in Da Nang about their go-to food when it comes to a feast and they will say it’s seafood. This is one of the most popular favorite food in this part of Vietnam. And when you’re visiting, you will find plenty of seafood restaurants around. So, which one should you pick?
I personally recommend Hai San Ba Ro. This is a local, non-touristy seafood restaurant that is always packed during lunch and dinner, even though it is located next to another seafood restaurant. You will be surrounded by people and enjoying your meal with Vietnamese chatter in the background. Please keep in mind that service may take a while, but it is worth it! Plus, there are snack vendors around so you can enjoy slices of tropical fruits and steamed peanuts while you wait.
Most of the dishes are standard, but there is one that will blow your mind as it did mine. It is called “Hao Nuong” on the menu. It is basically grilled oysters but topped with fried shallots, scallions, peanuts, and spicy creamy sauce. Just yum!
Hai San Ba Ro is located on 115 Ly Tu Tan, Tho Quang, Son Tra, in the northern part of Da Nang, close to the Monkey Mountain.
Mi Quang Ba Mua
If you enjoy pho, you should try mi quang, which is a richer and thicker noodles dish compared to pho. While pho mostly comes with beef, mi quang offers more variety. You can choose from pork, beef, shrimp, egg, fish, and even frog for your topping. A bowl of mi quang is usually served with a plateful of greens and crunchy rice crackers. Needless to say, this is way more filling than pho.
Find a restaurant near one of the most touristy area of Da Nang (on 95A Nguyễn Tri Phương, Thạc Gián, Thanh Khê to be exact) which serves this dish as their specialty: mi quang ba mua. Local workers flock to this restaurant during lunch hour, so you better beat the lunch rush if you don’t want to wait to be seated. However, if you happen to be unlucky and find the restaurant packed when you arrive, just wait a little while. From my own experience, I only had to wait a few minutes as most people leave right after they finish their meal.
Learn more about mi quang and other types of noodles in Vietnam in my other article, “Vietnamese Noodles And How To Pronounce Their Names”.
Banh Xeo Ba Duong
Okay, Vietnamese spring roll fans, this is your turn. I must warn you though, after you taste authentic Vietnamese spring rolls, you won’t be able to enjoy the ones you used to have back home.
If you come to Banh Xeo Ba Duong, which is located on 23 Hoàng Diệu, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, you only have to sit down and they will serve you several plates of food: rice papers, pickled veggies, a plateful of greens, grilled pork on sticks, and a bowl of sauce. Don’t make the mistake most tourists do of eating them separately, and make yourself a roll.
Here’s a step by step guide:
- Put a rice paper on your hand (we'll call this your rolling hand)
- Add some greens on the paper
- Add a bit of the pickled vegetables (and chili paste if you like it spicy)
- Grab a meat stick, put it on top, grab the meat with your rolling hand, squeeze a little and pull the stick with your other hand. Now you have meat without the stick on your rolling hand, on top of everything else
- Roll them all together, dip it in the sauce, and take a bite!
Besides these four restaurants, there are so many others you can find along the streets of Da Nang. Whichever area you are staying in, you will most likely find one eatery you will enjoy and visit regularly for a quick meal. Just keep in mind that most people here don’t speak English, so researching prior to your visit and using Google translate are recommended.
Vietnamese food at its best
You can taste French influence in most Vietnamese dishes, and we all know that France is the leading country when it comes to fine dining. Da Nang is a fantastic showcase of Vietnamese cuisine, where French gastronomy meets fresh local ingredients. So, what are you waiting for? Get your passport ready and explore the authentic flavor of Vietnam!
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