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Signature lunch at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort

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Food theatre

Eating at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort hit a new high as we were treated to a wonderful lunch full of their signature dishes.  Special attention from the chefs, theatrical cooking displays and mouth watering food created the perfect dining scene.

Having already dined the evening before at Epice Restaurant, this time we were at the  Azure Beach Lounge, a more casual dining location with a view of the sand and ocean.

All the meals we had here are available individually from the menu, but put altogether, it has all the ingredients (pardon the pun) for a memorable food experience.

Behind the scenes

I started it all off with a visit to the kitchen to visit our chef that was going to be in charge of today’s lunch.  He was a bit shy, so I didn’t hang around and stare at him for too long!

Eating at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort
The chef hard at work in his kitchen

Here I got to witness the process that would be used to cook the seafood specialty.  These river rocks are heated to high temperatures in the kitchen and will be used later to cook the seafood.

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Preparing the rocks for cooking prawns


The first course was brought out once I had finished my galavanting in the kitchen.   A fresh looking Vietnamese Green Mango Salad appeared, large enough to feed everyone at the table.

The Vietnamese people love green mango, and I will admit to it being “greener” and more unripe than what I got used to in Thailand.  In salads such as these, it is ok for my palate, but I can’t eat it on its own.  Luckily here I didn’t need to.  It was mixed in with carrot, fresh coriander, prawns, nuts and a wonderful dressing.

Green mango salad
Green mango salad

Just when I thought a salad couldn’t get any larger, out came an impressive looking Caesar Salad as well.

The impressive caesar salad
The impressive caesar salad

Their famous prawn dish

With the hot rocks now at the correct temperature, they are placed into a heavy, cast iron pot, and placed on a trolley.  Here, alongside our table, the chef placed green prawns, seasoned with Vietnamese herbs and a few other secret ingredients onto the rocks to begin the cooking process.

Chef preparing our prawns at the table
Chef preparing our prawns at the table – putting the prawns onto the hot rocks

The smell of the prawns cooking waft over the table, and I’m feeling a bit sorry for the other diners who are watching with great envy.  Perhaps it might tempt them to order it for themselves.

Raw prawns cooking over hot rocks - eating at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort
Raw prawns cooking over hot rocks

It’s a simple enough process, and with a good swish of rice wine, they are almost done.

Adding rice wine to the prawns
Adding rice wine to the prawns
The final prawn dish is served
The final prawn dish is ready to be served

After approximately 10 minutes, the prawns are cooked, and are served simply with some lime and an aioli.

Seafood curry

In keeping with the seafood theme, the next dish to arrive was the curry.  Bright yellow, intensely aromatic and filled with amazing seafood.  The flavours of coconut delicately tainted the prawns, squid, clams and fish balls, lolling about in the fragrant liquid.

Seafood curry - eating at pullman danang beach resort
Seafood curry

Extraordinary icecream

When we were sitting by the pool earlier, I’d noticed a number of people being served something that was “smoking”.  As I lay back on my pool chair, I was intrigued, but not tempted enough to get up and see what it was.

As the second trolley came out to our table, and we were asked to choose an ice cream flavour, it all became clear.

This was liquid nitrogen icecream.  Only difference to the pool offering was this was again made “live” at our table.

And whilst the cooking of the prawns was its own delight, there’s nothing quite like seeing icecream made in this way.

It’s literally all smoke and mirrors.  Well, vapour perhaps.

As someone who loves making ice cream, I was thrilled to be part of this and to watch it up close.

It’s a simple process, with simple ingredients, but the liquid nitrogen takes away the time factor.  No cooking, refrigerating, churning and freezing.  It’s all made, from start to finish, in a matter of minutes.

Pouring the custard in to make the icecream
Pouring the custard in to make the icecream


I chose the coconut, made with a vanilla custard base, coconut jelly, and toasted fresh coconut.  As a fan of this flavour, it was a taste sensation.  Served in square, marble bowls, the icecream never melts.

It was an overly generous serving as well, but not something that an icrecream lover will ever complain about.

The finished product - extremely cold ice-cream
The finished product – extremely cold ice-cream

My husband went a little more on the wild side, ordering raspberry, white chocolate and kaffir lime.  Once again, a delectable treat.

There are many flavours to choose from.  Think salted caramel with pink salt flakes, bellini, yellow peach and roasted almonds or snickers, peanut, caramel and chocolate.  There’s also a durian one, although I imagine the take up by western visitors to be low for this one!

Raspberry, kaffir and white chocolate icecream
Raspberry, kaffir and white chocolate icecream
Triple coconut icrecream
Coconut icecream

So much more than food

There are many more great meals on the menu at the Azure Beach Lounge, but these are considered their signature dishes.  With such flavour and freshness, I can see why.

If you are at the resort celebrating a special occasion, I’d highly recommend that you talk to the staff and order a similar experience.  Your dining partner will be wowed and so will you.  Eating at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort doesn’t get any better.

Eating at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort doesn't get any better than having their signature lunch, full of amazing fresh produce and a touch of theatre. It's worthy of a reservation even if you aren't staying at this hotel.

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A special thank you to the Pullman Danang Beach Resort for extending the invitation to us to share this signature lunch with them.   As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.

50 thoughts on “Signature lunch at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort”

  1. How amazing to have been able to see everything while as it was cooking … I think you’re onto something there re the smell of prawns in the cooking process being done at the table to tempt other guests!!

  2. Fresh ice cream please! I’m sure the generous servings were more than welcomed. Not sure about the Durian flavour though. This must have been quite the exprience, and really good on the tummy ;)

  3. This is going to sound funny but know what my favorite photo is? Preparing the rocks for cooking prawns. After just coming in from riding my horse in 20 degree temps the warmth of your photo seemed to go right through me. Honestly I feel so much better! But the food does look fabulous.

  4. Bethanny Sudibyo

    This must have been a super fine dining experience. I love it when you get the opportunity to actually see how food is made. Cooking prawns on stones is super interesting!

  5. It’s really cool that they cook the prawns using hot river rocks! What a neat technique! I would have got totally crazy over the ice cream, though! How do you even choose?

  6. Wow this must have been an amazing experience to watch and to taste! The resort looks amazing, we’ve even ridden past it a couple of times yesterday and wished we could stay somewhere like this!

  7. I was already drooling at the Vietnamese Green Mango salad – I love those flavour combinations! Vietnamese cuisine always seems to fresh in the mouth. As for the prawns – yum! Certainly sounds like a theatrical dinner!

  8. What an amazing menu. I love seafood, and both your curry and the prawn dish just look amazing. The making of the ice cream also sounds exciting, would try it right away, if I could :)

  9. Oh my goodness… your photos made my mouth water! I especially love as well how they prepare the food right in front of you. It will surely build a huge appetite — I mean, it sure did for me haha!

  10. Such a different take on Vietnamese food than the one we’re used to. The restaurant sounds wonderful! And I think the shy chef just let’s his food make all the talking ?

  11. All the dishes look delicious -particularly the Cesare salad and curry. Having the ice-cream theater before your eyes must have been great, but were you cold off the nitrogen? I suppose the cold breeze generated would have been nice in the heat and humidity of Vietnam!

  12. The food looks delicious. I do love a good seafood curry, especially when the seafood is really fresh. I’m sure cold ice cream would slide down nicely after a spicy meal in Vietnam. Yum!

  13. That food looks amazing. Its great that you got to see it all cooked. I would love to be back in Vietnam eating there gorgeous food :-)

  14. I think it’s fascinating how the food is cooked over hot stones, and what a great experience to have it cooked right in front of you. It must give the food a unique flavour. And the liquid nitrogen ice cream looks amazing! I’d love to try this (although definitely not the durian!)

  15. I’m impressed! How did you manage to eat all of this?! Haha! This looks absolutely delicious! Especially the ice cream bit! I have to say, it looks like an amazing experience overall!

  16. How cool you were able to go into the kitchen and get some ‘behind the scenes’ shots. The nitrogen ice cream sounds divine. Serving it in marble bowls is a clever idea. I’d have trouble choosing between all the delicious flavours though!

  17. That’s not just a lunch, that’s culinary entertainment. I love when they prepare some of the dishes table side. Now, I’m starving!

  18. wow! that really does look delicious. I love the idea of the prawns cooked over the rocks although I do find that peeling prawns tend to be more trouble than its worth. Just pure laziness.

  19. What a cool experience! I’ve never seen ice cream made that way, it sounds really fun to be able to pick your own flavor and watch it made! I always like going to Benihana even though the food is pretty meh just for the dining experience, so I’d love this.

  20. Those prawns and salads look soooo tempting. I might be headed to Danang too (its def on my list, if I make it to Vietnam) so I will be heading straight to the Pullman resort to try some of these delicacies .

  21. Oh man I reallllyyyy shouldn’t have read this while hungry. The food looks absolutely amazing and so fresh! That’s really cool that you were able to see the behind the scenes in the kitchen. I’m always intrigued by how the magic happens.

  22. Wow! One of the better restaurant reviews I have ever read! I loved the behind the scenes look to see how the food is made. Everything from the hot river rock to the ice cream was very unique. I love seafood curry and my mouth was watering. I would definitely go here if I ever visit the area and this made me hungry! Great video too!

  23. This looks like quite the dish! I think the green mango salad looks the best! I’m totally with you, though, that I can’t have them on their own, but the prawns and carrots look like they would be so delicious! Plus, that ice cream. I have a major sweet tooth, and what a presentation! How cool!?

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