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Citron, Intercontinental Da Nang

Citron is the Intercontinental's all-day buffet restaurant, and the main offering for breakfast. While the buffet spread was extensive, it was run-of-the-mill, and generally unimpressive. Regular breakfast foods like bacon, eggs, and sausages were failsafes, but everything else was rather pedestrian.

One thing we noticed, though, was the appearance of Korean cuisine in the buffet spread. That was surprising, coz who'd have thought to find kimchi for breakfast in Da Nang, Vietnam, rightttt?? Turns out that South Korea is one of the major sources of foreign investment in Vietnam (which is why there's Lotte Mart everywhere), and because of the direct flights between Seoul and Da Nang, the seaside town attracts a significant number of Korean tourists.

There was quite an assortment of pastries, from muffins, chocolate donuts, sugar donuts, madelines, pistachio danishes, to maple-swirled pound cakes.

And chocolate rolls, peach danishes, croissants, and pound cakes.

And good ol' regular baked bread, including the gluten-free version.

To dress up the bread, you've gotta have cheeses, and Citron serves 4 types a day, from the mild, cheddar, gouda, taleggio, to the pungent blue.

Fibre to get your day (and insides) going, Mixed Vegetable Salad, Kimchi, and Garden Salad.

For those who prefer customising your own greens, there's the requisite DIY salad bar with marinated olives, croutons, parmesan, and array of dressings.

Also for the health-conscious, there's bircher muesli, and plain, fruit, or strawberry flavoured yoghurt, which you can sweeten with mango sauce, dried coconut, passionfruit sauce, icing sugar, maple syrup, and raspberry sauce.

For traditionalists, there's plain cereal - corn flakes, coco pops, coco loops, fruit loops, and muesli, with milk of the low fat, full-fat, and soya varieties.

Which you can garnish with dried figs, dried apricot, dried pineapple, and granola.

And then sweeten at the honey bar: with forest honey, longan honey, corn honey, and nha trang honey.

Fruit jams like dragonfruit, pineapple, orange, kumquat, guava, and strawberry, and an actual honeycomb to pair with your breads or fresh fruit. 

My favourite breakfast foods, so unhealthy but I'm on holiday so who cares! Pork sausage

Chicken chipolatas.

Oooooo....bacon!!

Sauteed shitake mushrooms with coloured peppers and onions.

Stir fried sweet and sour pork

Stir fried sweet and sour chicken

I supplemented the vegetarian wok-tossed noodles with the sweet-sour chicken and pork.

The congee station with toppings of seafood or pork, and condiments like century eggs, salted eggs, fish sauce, spring onions, and fried shallots.

Fresh fruits, guava, dragonfruit, honeydew, melons, pineapples, and lychees, all cut up for lazybums like me.

Fresh squeezed but also sweetened fruit juices: orange, citrus, watermelon, passionfruit, and pineapple.

The restaurant gets really busy during breakfast, and I didn't like that it was open-aired, so it got real muggy real fast. So we came over to pick up food, and brought them over to the lounge next door to enjoy breakfast in cool air-conditioned comfort.

Citron gets notably quieter once past the peak breakfast hours.

This was the highlight of dining at Citron, these booths which overlook the Son Tra Peninsula. Just be sure to dress light (there's not even a fan to cool you down), and make reservations.


Citron
Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang Vietnam
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