For a long time, Japanese cuisine has been renowned for its dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients, such as sushi, sashimi, and various hotpot and grilled dishes. If you can’t travel directly to the land of the rising sun to indulge in authentic Japanese flavors, fret not. Let me unveil a few restaurants in Da Nang that offer an authentic Japanese dining experience, guaranteed to leave you enchanted and longing for more.

1. Izakaya Yen

  • Address: 55B Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Da Nang.
  • Parking: relatively difficult.

The first impression that I had was the charming and authentic Japanese ambiance of this small restaurant, as if I was visiting a true Japanese eatery in the Land of the Rising Sun. Here, the quality of sushi reaches its utmost freshness because the ingredients are transported by air within a short time. What sets Izakaya Yen apart is the variety of fish available, including tuna, salmon, mackerel, and even sea urchin. A tempting sushi set at Izakaya Yen includes a diverse selection of different fish cuts. Since it caters to Japanese expats and discerning food enthusiasts, the prices are slightly higher compared to regular sushi joints. Overall, the dishes at Izakaya Yen are of high quality and incredibly fresh.

2. Myoshi Tempura & Wine

  • Address: 227 Duong Dinh Nghe Street, Da Nang
  • Parking: easy

At Myoshi, you can indulge in the main dishes of sushi and tempura. Myoshi restaurant is highly regarded for the quality and freshness of its ingredients. I particularly enjoyed the spacious atmosphere, which is perfect for hot summer days. Compared to other Japanese restaurants, Myoshi caters to office workers as its target clientele. Consequently, the restaurant offers a special menu specifically designed for lunchtime. Based on my experience, the set lunch options here are quite diverse, satisfying in taste, and more budget-friendly.

3. Uraetei Yakiniku – Pho Dinh

  • Address: 106 yen Bai Street, Da Nang
  • Parking: finding a parking spot can be difficult

Pho Dinh is a relatively upscale and ideal destination for diners to experience Japanese-style grilled meat. At Pho Dinh, there are various sets of grilled meat available at different price points for you to choose from. The price for a portion of grilled meat here is relatively high compared to more casual eateries, but it is worth it as the portion is generous (suitable for sharing with a family of 6-8 people) and comes with a wide range of delicious toppings such as marinated ribs, pork belly, beef corn, and imported beef tenderloin. The quality of the meat is outstanding, surpassing many other establishments. With its cozy and private design, Pho Dinh is also a great choice for you to enjoy a comfortable time with your family and friends.

4. Be Sushi Restaurant

  • Address: 38 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Da Nang
  • Parking: finding a parking spot can be difficult

Be Sushi is perhaps the most upscale Japanese restaurant in Da Nang, belonging to the fine dining category. Be Sushi leaves a lasting impression on both local and foreign diners with its exquisite and delicious cuisine. Most of the seafood is flown in from abroad via air transportation every week. A sushi set includes unique fish selections such as Japanese ocean salmon, Norwegian salmon, and Japanese golden-eye snapper. Each piece of sushi here is meticulously crafted by the skillful hands and dedication of Japanese chefs, so when you try a piece, you will surely experience the authentic taste of sushi that lingers in your memory. I was particularly impressed with their grilled salmon head, which was unexpectedly delicious, with a rich and fragrant flavor that delighted the palate. Lastly, a complimentary dessert is often served, such as matcha ice cream, pudding, or melon, adding the perfect finishing touch to this truly exceptional culinary experience.

I hope that the suggestions above will help you have a delightful Japanese culinary experience. If you have the opportunity to visit Da Nang or simply want to have a weekend getaway with your family and friends, don’t hesitate to visit these high-end Japanese restaurants. Also, don’t forget to stay tuned for the next installment featuring mid-range Japanese restaurants in Da Nang. If there are any dishes you would like me to review in the next article, feel free to share them with me!