After launching the widely popular TBLS and the short-lived Quest by Que, Vietnamese chef Que Vinh Dang is making a return to the Hong Kong dining scene with Nhau, showcasing Vietnamese flavours with bold flavours from the tropical country. Could the third time be the charm for Que? We think so.
The location of Nhau is a little hard to find. Circular Pathway is a narrow path that stretches from Sheung Wan’s Ladder Street while in close proximity to Umi and Bibo on Hollywood Road. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the front of the establishment, offering a glimpse of its French colonial-style dining room, with rattan chairs paired alongside marble tabletops. The pale canary-yellow shade on the wall enhances the warm lighting that filled the space, while everyday kitchen items such as hanging wooden charcuterie boards add a homely feel to the restaurant.
Nhau may be Vietnamese, but one will not find pho and banh mi here, as Que is determined to explore Vietnamese culinary choices beyond the famous, yet often bastardised staples. Guests will be happy to find an abundance of starters for sharing, a few main courses and desserts as well.
We began with banh mi rice tacos, the closest dish one could have related to the famed sandwiches. The rice ‘tortillas’ are wonderfully made, with a pleasantly gelatinous texture and base for finely-chopped pork, topped with sweet pickled daikon radish and carrots. We enjoyed the multiple textures to be enjoyed in one bite, encapsulating the essential flavours one could find in a classic banh mi.