One of the perks of running a food tour is getting to meet other people in the food industry. Inevitably it involves eating something delicious. This time it brought me a place I’ve often driven past but never tried: a restaurant called The Salmon.
I received a surprise phone call from a lady named My, the owner of The Salmon (or Cá Hồi). Miss My knew I was into the food scene here in Da Nang and wanted to ask me about bringing people to her restaurant as part of the food tour. I explained that we don’t normally take people to “those kinds of places”, but she insisted I come by for lunch anyways, her shout, so of course I couldn’t refuse!
Lunch at The Salmon
The Salmon has chosen a great theme, with I’d guess two thirds of the menu featuring the namesake ingredient, all imported from Norway. The interior is classy, with comfortable seats and tasteful lighting.
We sat down for lunch, and Miss My took the initiative with the food. We started off with a fantastic appetizer: smoked salmon and a fluffy cream cheese-like dallop with a garnish of dill. You get five pieces, but I only let My eat one, and begrudgingly at that. If they offered me a whole meal’s worth of these delicious morsels, I would happily accept.
For our main course, My recommended the salmon filet, which comes with a choice of sauce including cheese, passion fruit, honey, avocado (!), or curry. I went with passion fruit, figuring it was the most Vietnamese. It turned out to be a excellent choice, though I would have loved to try more than one. That’s just me being greedy.
The fish was grilled and seasoned nicely, not dry at all, and you get a good-sized portion. I could have done with a bit more in the veggie department, but at least they were generous with the expensive stuff. The dipping sauce was tangy and not too sweet. That red stuff? Beatroot. Admittedly I had to look that word up during our Vietnamese-only lunch interview.
While we ate, I talked with My about different ways to market her restaurant, how to use TripAdvisor more effectively and all the boring little details about running a business. It turns out The Salmon is actually her first restaurant. I think she’s got a knack for it though, because The Salmon is a great spot, especially for a date.
The Salmon is at 57 Hoàng Văn Thụ, right in the city center of Da Nang, near the Dragon Bridge. They’re open for lunch and dinner.