It’s easy to miss Da Nang, with its narrow, dull metallic-grey façade on a busy nondescript bend of King Street – but this is a local find. Inside, the dining room is surprisingly capacious, with highly traditional oriental decor centred on a somewhat ungainly fish tank.
There are some appealing touches, like the neatly pressed white cloth napkins, and staff who are very welcoming and eager to please. The chef, singing tunefully as he cooked, added to the merry mood. The long menu is equally traditional, with all the usual Vietnamese repertoire plus a decent vegetarian selection, some steam-boat dishes and an amusing sprinkling of translation infelicities. Featured ‘chef choices’ include well-executed banh xeo (crispy Vietnamese pancake filled with tiger prawns, squid and pork, with mixed herb salad and dipping sauce) and banh canh (thick rice noodles in broth with fish, tiger prawns and squid).
A weekday two-course lunch menu at £7.95 comprises such tasty delights as salt and chilli squid, and sea bream with spicy caramel sauce, and look out for special offers on the website. Only three types of beer are offered, but the wine list is full and imaginative, and you can also get fresh lime juice and soya bean milk.