Most chefs aspire to achieving a Michelin Star which is seen as recognition of their skills, and usually a boost to their business. The first Michelin Star awarded in Asia was to La Maison in Danang in 1988. The chef was Michel Roux, the legendary French chef and there is no question that his efforts were helped by the great range of fresh produce available in Central Vietnam. With Danang being on the Coast, the seafood could not be fresher and there is a whole street, Pham Van Dong, where every door is an entrance to great seafood.
Beach side restaurants at My Khe Beach are a delight and the location stunning, a great place to relax after a busy day to enjoy your dinner. Vietnam tour packages often include Danang and undoubtedly the cuisine is one of the many highlights of a Vietnam holiday package.
Besides La Maison which offers typical French cuisine, there are several other excellent restaurants to consider:
• Cafe Indochine, Furama Resort is furnished in traditional French style with a touch of Cham architecture. Asian cuisine as well as international favourites are included in the extensive menu. Waitresses wear the ao dai and the whole experience is memorable. If you are on a Vietnam honeymoon vacation, this is a place to go.
• Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Furama Resort in contrast offers BBQ food, seafood, fresh salads and bread in an informal atmosphere by its pool.
• Ocean Blue Bar &Grill in Xuan Dieu Street offers an ocean view, reasonable prices for food and drink, live music and an extensive menu.
• Apsara in Tran Phu Street concentrates largely on seafood with traditional music played on some evenings. Shrimp and lobster come highly recommended.
• Quan Com Hue Ngon is fairly simply furnished and offers reasonably priced Vietnamese cuisine. It is just a short walk from the Cathedral and recommendations include octopus, squid and pork.
• Lam Vien Restaurant is a quiet setting, a bungalow in a garden with plenty of local specialities on the menu including crabmeat soup, lobster and beef.
• Rachel Bar and Restaurant on the riverfront near Dragon Bridge includes Japanese and Chinese cuisine as well as local specialities There is American and European food as well, live music at weekends and an extensive range of drinks.
• Le Rendez Vous Restaurant on Ly Thuong Kiet Street is a comfortable establishment that will remind you of France with its many black and white photographs. There is an international wine list and such favourites as foie gras and pork tenderloin.
• Le Bambino Danang has an indoor and pool dining area with imported steak one of its highlights. It is within walking distance of Han Market.
• Pool House at Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa serves Vietnamese and international cuisine in lively surroundings if you choose to dine there in the evening.
• Bushido Danang concentrates on Japanese and Korean cuisine. There are private rooms for groups and a balcony overlooking the Han River. The seafood is excellent and the choice of drinks extensive.