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“Surprisingly Good!”
Review of Da Fernando

Da Fernando
Ranked #32 of 715 Restaurants in Nha Trang
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 17 November 2009

Da Fernando doesn't look like much - a hole in the wall trattoria with about six tables in Nha Trang's backpacker area - and when you look at the menu you're really not expecting much. The food is not cheap compared to other places in Asia - a pizza that feeds two people costs about $6.00, so does an average sized plate of Ravioli, which sounds cheap, but most places around you can get a simple dinner for about 1 to 2 dollars. Reading the menu doesn't fill you with hope, as there are just a few simple sounding pizzas, some ravioli, spaghetti and fettucini, some soup and salad and not a lot else. You step inside of the doorless restaurant, the sound of motorbikes on the street providing a constant low roar in the background, drowning out your conversation. You squeeze into a tiny, rock hard chair at a small 2-person table next to several young people with an average age of 18 and dream of what your meal might have been like if you'd chosen to go somewhere else instead. Then the food comes.

The pizza is cooked in a wood oven, leaving a charred and crispy crust. This isn't what I'd consider real Italian pizza, the crust is thicker and there is a lot more cheese and toppings. However, it is tasty and has a nice crunch to it. The pasta is all homemade, our Ravioli is excellent - tastes fresh, not greasy. Even the pizza isn't greasy which is surprising because of all the cheese, and I ordered pepperoni and sausage on top of it. Against my better judgment, I order a glass of red wine, expecting a cheap thrift store glass of overwarm cheap wine. To my surprise, it is served in a nice big molded crystal glass appropriate for its variety, chilled a bit too much but better that than the alternative, and quite nice. There are lots of bottles of wine on a rack on display too.

The service was friendly and attentive almost to the point of obtrusive - hands and arms were always flying around our table, making sure everything was in exactly the right place. We ordered pumpkin ravioli and they made spinach, but that was ok because it was still good - not as good as the pumpkin probably would have been, but we still enjoyed it.

All in all a surprisingly nice lunch in a very simple setting three blocks off the beach.

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Thank Trail811023
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Reviewed 7 November 2009

After enjoying Vietnamese cuisine, I needed a pasta fix and Da Fernando fit the bill. A small, hole in the wall restaurant, all pastas were home made and presented just right. Great for a pizza fix too.

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Thank AdventureDiva
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

If you love Pizza then your sure to love this place, the food is inexpensive and great tasting, and the owner Fernando is a perfect host. 2 thumbs up!!

Thank krisbarnfather
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

The owner of this restaurant was serving on the tables when we arrived. He was friendly and a bit of a character. We ordered 2 types of pizza and both were the best we had eaten in Vietnam. What we couldnt finish was packed fro us to take with us

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Thank wallaby111
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Reviewed 27 February 2009

This place is on a street full of restaurants. Don't know why we chose this one but glad that we did. It is a very clean place, simply decorated/furnished. We ordered bruschetta and 2 different pizzas and drinks. Pizzas are large and delicious. I noticed the waitress packaging up customers' leftovers for them to take away.

Thank CumbrianGlobetrotter
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