If you are looking for a fine dining vegetarian experience, Uu Dam Chay (Ưu Đàm Chay) should probably be on top of your list.
This restaurant was already well known before, but with its new location 55 P. Nguyễn Du, Nguyễn Du, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, the experience is now on another level.
Not just a restaurant but an experience
Talking about level, the restaurant is now in a huge semi-open air building with so many stairs, floors and rooms that you could use this place as a maze.
At the entrance, the stairs leads to a statue of Buddha and all the interior design follow this theme that fits the vegetarian universe so well in one word : Zen. A healthy and quiet atmosphere that will with the help of healthy food regenerate your energy and body from all this noise, pollution and junk food you had lately.
The temple of well being
Looking more like a Temple than a restaurant, this sacred place holds so many tables and seats that you will feel like a small fish entering an ocean of already seated customers.
The tables are actually well spaced out and there are many separate sections that we must have crossed at least 4 of them before joining our table.
The table is where all the magic begins. After being sited, you will be welcomed with the different illustrated menus : one for drinks and one for the food.
A beautifully illustrated menu
When you’ll first lay your eyes on these menus, you will understand this place is keen to creativity and visuals as every illustration and dish comes with a beautiful attention to details.
Not only the plates looks great but they also taste amazingly balanced and delicious. It is actually not easy to find food that is both yummy and healthy, as most healthy food is often expensive for various reasons.
The Uu Dam Chay magic consist in taking everyday products as well as rare ones to make original recipes that will make your taste bud send pleasure signals to your brain.
Delicious doesn’t have to be unhealthy
Everything in Uu Dam Chay is thought of carefully to be balanced, tasty and sometimes reminiscent of some famous dish.
For example the menu offers a vegetarian version of Bì cuốn (rolled pork with rice paper), Mexican Tacos, Spaghetti Bolognese with a very close taste and texture to the traditional ones. Sometimes even more delicious in all honesty.
The drinks are original and enjoyable as well, we tried the different detox juices but our favorites were the fruit mojitos. The only downside was the sizes of these particular cups, a bit small in our opinion but I guess the scarcity is part of the recipe for longing pleasure.
9 out of 10
We rarely give a 10 out of 10 score, but to us this place is simply magical. The venue is something special, like a temple where you go to resource yourself away from the city and its pollution. The size, number of section, interior design are simply outstanding.
The menu is huge and the food is just as gorgeous as it is delicious. All of it conceived from A to Z and prepared with tons of attention. Everything from the food to the drinks are just perfectly cooked and crafted in our opinion.
The huge selling point of this restaurant is that when you are leaving the place, you feel satieted and healthy in your body.
Perhaps the only downside of the restaurant is the number of mosquitos present because of the luxuriant nature surrounding it but I am sure they will find like always, an elegant and natural solution for it.
Ưu Đàm Chay
Adresse : 55 P. Nguyễn Du, Nguyễn Du, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Phone : 098 134 98 98
Website : uudamchay.com