Michelin stars to be awarded to Da Nang restaurants

By Hoang Phong   April 10, 2024 | 04:30 am PT
Michelin stars to be awarded to Da Nang restaurants
Fried pancake is served at a restaurant in Da Nang City. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Phuong
The central city of Da Nang will become the third Vietnamese destination where restaurants will be awarded with star rating by Michelin Guide inspectors, after Hanoi and HCMC.

"After a bright beginning earlier last year in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the addition of Da Nang to the Michelin Guide’s family is another proof of the vibrancy and quality of Vietnam’s culinary scene, as well as of the richness and authenticity of its local food culture," said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the French food guide, as cited by a Michelin Guide's statement.

"Our inspectors are currently in the field to realize a restaurant selection we will be proud to share in June not only with local gourmets but also international food lovers and travelers."

According to Michelin, Da Nang has impressed the inspectors with the quality and variety of local specialities available such as mi quang (Quang-style noodles), bun cha ca (rice vermicelli soup with fried fish cakes) or banh xeo (fried pancakes).

In addition to these traditional specialities or eateries, Da Nang also offers a lively fine dining scene, shaped by both local and international chefs.

The restaurant selection for Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang will be revealed in June.

According to Michelin, its inspectors assess venues based on five criteria: the personality of the chef as presented in the cuisine, the harmony of flavors, the mastery of cooking techniques, the quality of products and the consistency both over time and across the entire menu.

In the Michelin system, one star signifies a very good restaurant, two stars are excellent cooking that is worth a detour, and three stars means exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.

Last year, four Vietnamese restaurants - three in Hanoi and one in HCMC - were awarded with a one-star rating.

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