Target: Nha Hang Yen’s Restaurant
Address: 3/3 Tran Quang Khai | (next to the Ha Van Hotel), Nha Trang 058, Vietnam, +84 121 955 6861
Being in China with some time off in the summer, we decided to make a week long trip to the culinary paradise that is Vietnam! Now, with only one week at our disposal, it was really only feasible to see either the North (Hanoi, Halong Bay, etc.) or the South (Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, etc.). Having decided to do the latter, we found ourselves in the beautiful, beachy Nha Trang for a couple nights looking for a quality meal.
After a long day of wakeboarding and jetski’ing, we decided to explore Nha Hang Yen’s Restaurant (the #3 restaurant in Nha Trang according to Tripadvisor.com). If you’re ever on the lookout for this place, look for a small alleyway on the corner of the street that the address indicates. The reason I say this is because when we were asking for directions, we were nearly tricked by a neighbouring restaurant who claimed that they were Nha Hang Yen’s and that they recently changed their name to “Oasis”!
When we finally arrived, we automatically noticed the comfortable setting of this intimate, family-run establishment. The service is more than friendly and they were extremely helpful when explaining some of the items on their menu. The selection of food was pretty limited, but what it lacked it quantity, it certainly compensated with quality. Whatever it is you ended up ordering, you could tell it was a specialty.
To start, we indulged in their deep fried meat spring rolls (40,000VND – 2USD)! Perfect amount of crunch, and not ridiculously oily like some of the other local places we had been to.
Next up, an obvious choice. Pho! (Rice Noodles). But this time we chose not to go with the traditional Pho Bo (w/ Beef), instead opting for the Pho Ga (w/ Chicken) (40,000VND – 2USD). You can tell a bowl of pho is made well when the soup is clear, as it was in this case. The noodles were also the perfect texture, not too chewy and not too soft. Make sure you add a generous amount of bean sprouts and the other veggies that they give you on the side to maximize the flavour! Also don’t forget to squeeze in the lime juice. Overall, one of the best pho’s we had the privilege of consuming over the duration of the trip (and we had at least one bowl of pho every day).
Here we have a Vietnamese crepe (40,000VND – 2USD), something I’d never heard of until visiting Yen’s. What a treat it was. The proper way to eat this is to cut a piece of the crepe, wrap it in one of the leaves on the side of the plate, and then dip it in fish sauce. The crunchiness of the crepe’s outer layer and the leaf was spectacular when mixed with the aromatic vegetables/herbs and delicious shrimp and pork underneath.
As we finished our meal, happy and satisfied, monsoon rains began to pour outside in buckets. This was actually a blessing as it let us relax and enjoy the home-y-ness of the restaurant for a while longer while sipping on an additional glass of their super-refreshing fresh lemon juice (15,000VND – 0.75USD).
Verdict: An absolutely amazing meal. Everything was made to perfection and the family-owners couldn’t have been more friendly and accommodating. As the beautiful Nha Trang begins to explode into the highly popular tourist destination that it will inevitably become, expect Nha Hang Yen’s to be right there at the center of it. Lets just hope that amidst all of the incoming fame and attention (that it rightfully deserves), it doesn’t lose it’s cozy and intimate feel.