Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)

After a disappointing dinner the night before at Apsara Restaurant, we were a little apprehensive when we were brought to Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch after our teambuilding event. Thankfully our fears were unfounded as Kim Do Chinese Restaurant had a better presentation than Apsara Restaurant: being a Chinese restaurant, the interior was heavily decorated with rosewood furniture, giving a sense of being in the past. Although the décor was oriental, it was in a much better condition than Apsara Restaurant (where there were food stains on the faded walls, and somewhat rickety chairs). 

Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
The entrance, which makes you feel as if you have step back into time

Besides Kim Do Chinese Restaurant's décor, the food was so much better than the night before! It was an 8 course lunch and the serving was in proportion to the number of people per table. Even with 10 people per table, there was more than enough food to go around, unlike the dinner the day before. I know, I know, I keep on harping on the pathetic dinner the night before, what can I say? It kinda 'scarred' my dining experience. Thankfully that was the only meal that disappointed for the whole trip. 

Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
The big bowl of rice and a starter, a salad of sorts
Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
First dish: Vietnamese inspired salad (?) There were pieces of prawn pork, vegetables, herbs and peanuts
Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
Second dish: Stir fried eggplants with sauce
Third dish: venison (or was or beef?) with vegetables.
Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
Fourth dish: prawns with vegetables
Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
Fifth dish: a whole big piece of fish. It was super fresh and yummy!
Sixth dish: simple stir fried spinach
Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
Seventh dish: the soup with some seafood and celery. It kind of resembled tom yum, but lighter and not so spicy
Kim Do Chinese Restaurant for lunch (Da Nang, Vietnam)
Eighth dish: calms! The calms were fresh and surprisingly plentiful too

After the meal, sliced watermelon was served as a dessert. With our stomachs satisfied, a couple of us decided to visit the nearby Lotte Mart (yes, you read right. There is actually a Lotte Mart in Da Nang!) and do some last minute (souvenir) shopping. On our way out of the restaurant, there were 2 ladies who were selling plastic ukuleles, which were going for 60,000 VND per piece. It was interesting enough that a couple of people bought them and even tried to haggle for a cheaper price.

Overall, the dining experience at Kim Do Chinese Restaurant was a memorable one. Although it was Chinese food, there were definitely hints of Vietnamese cooking in the dishes (to suit to local palate). The food was tasty and fresh, and the portions were hearty.

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