Native Touches, New Cuisine
“Nen” is the Vietnamese word for a hybrid between a garlic and shallot, and this restaurant plays with element of local language and heritage, resulting in dishes steeped in the country’s identity, but modern in flavour and presentation. In other words, Nen pushes Vietnamese cuisine to fine dining level with their tasting menus. The restaurant is located in a Danang quiet and beautiful neighbourhood next to the Han River. Inside a modern and minimalistic building with a serene garden, Nen uses local ingredients and makes them the star of the dishes instead of using produce from elsewhere. The menu ranges from refined Vietnamese classics liked roasted pork belly wrapped in lace rice sheets to New Vietnamese with an inventive quail dish inspired with wild mountain spices from an ethnic minority group and a corn puree. For a meatless dining experience, decisions may be tough, with more dishes using local ingredients and patron favourites. Their Green Vietnamese menu offers the Secret Garden, with smoked braised eggplant with lemongrass and garden herbs, a young jackfruit curry, or the noodle dish of mi quang with local pesto and braised tofu.