Nuong Da Thanh, Da Nang

This upmarket eatery is quite the popular haunt of many an expat. Street food purists will likely scoff, but I really liked the food here. It's clean (well, cleaner than most Vietnamese eateries anyway), windy (so we weren't perspiring even though it was open-aired), furniture was at regular adult-height (instead of the typical dwarfed chairs), and the seafood was fresh (what you see swimming in tanks will be what's served on your table barely 20 minutes after you take a seat). Prices reflect the premium set-up, but we thought it value-for-money and reasonable.

The Pomelo Seafood Salad (VND95,000), or goi buoi hai san, was an assortment of poached prawns (deshelled for convenience) and squid, both perfectly cooked so they were springy yet soft, fresh mint, julienned carrots, and lashings of golden fried shallots. Fantastic salad, and a must-order.

The succulent Grilled Chicken (VND320,000) or ga nuong lu, redolent of the smoky grill, was wonderfully imbued with the spice of garlic and aroma of lemongrass. Another must-try.

The Countryside Fried Rice (VND95,000) or com chien dong que, was 2 parts, of which 1 was an earthenware cooked tumeric-flavoured rice topped with luscious hunks of barbecued pork ribs.

The second part was like its gravy, a heady, robust sauce spiked with dried red chillis, dark soy, and candied wedges of pork belly. And a simple hard-boiled egg.

Complimentary salted roasted peanuts for nibbling.

The restaurant facade, it's at the corner of a fairly busy junction.

Try and get a table on the second floor, overlooking the road, so you can watch the world go by.

Nướng Đà Thành
105 - 107 Nguyễn Văn Linh, Quận Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam 59000
Tel: +84 91 385 4358 / 0905 754 358
Open daily from 11am to 11pm
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