Nha Trang Vietnamese Canteen

Nha Trang Vietnamese Canteen by JJA / Bespoke Architecture

Nha Trang Vietnamese Canteen is a contemporary-yet-casual take on traditional Vietnamese street-food fare, served simply and honestly for a new generation of diners. The restaurant's design concept mirrors this contemporary take by giving a nod to Vietnam's street life, textures, and architectures- using as reference, the region's East-Meets-West historic design language borne out of French Colonial urbanism within town centres, utilising additional flare referenced from the rugged-yet-gilded decoration of the Indochine Style.

Because of the shop’s unique location, set centred within a  heavily trafficked shopping mall atrium, part of the planning brief was to create a branded outdoor seating area (OSA) within the mall's atrium space, placed adjacent to the typical restaurant's interior floor plan. This allows the design to reference Vietnam's old-colonial urban homes, which are generally found inside small streets, and using this as a way to create an indoor-outdoor garden zone for outside dining. A well defined entrance portal divides this garden space from the interior’s domestic oriented environment, bringing guests to a home-like atmosphere supported by Architectural window frames in stainless steel, low-wattage gold wall sconces, and mid-century modern concrete tiles for feature walls and some romantic flare. The restaurant's open kitchen is positioned in the centre of the plan, and can easily be appreciated by all diners sitting within the interior space. The design was executed in collaboration with RoanoakCo and Cedar and Moss for lighting, VG&P for chair fabrication, India Mahdavi for Bisazza for Feature tiles, and artist Elsa Jeandedieu for all antique wall renders. 

Nha Trang Vietnamese Canteen is an extension of the famous Nha Trang Vietnamese Cuisine restaurant brand in Hong Kong, which has been in operation for 15 years and has a portfolio of 12 Vietnamese restaurants total, all serving Southern Vietnamese street-food fare in a contemporary way, and headed by Executive Chef, Chef Helen Ngo who hails from Vietnam's Halong Bay.  The brand proudly specialises on its focus, serving delicious and quality Vietnamese dishes with passion and authenticity, in addition to its warm service offering within uniquely considered interior environments at family friendly price points.

The house's signature dish, the Bun Cha, brings flavourful pork patties to a chargrill, and placed on a bed of farm fresh vegetables with a helping of rice and vermicelli. Other dishes in the menu include a season shrimp paste grilled on sugarcane and covered with seasonal herbs, plus a classic chicken and rice dish, with chicken slow cooked in a stock infused with garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and pandan leaves and drizzled in scallion oil is served with pickles and a bed of fresh jasmine grains and washed down with a tall glass of the house's take on the Avocado Smoothie.

- January 2018 -


 Nha Trang是一間風格現代而休閒的餐廳,它以簡單真誠的服務為新一代帶來了傳統的越南街頭美食。餐廳的設計理念亦反映了這種現代風格:透過參考越南街道的日常生活,紋理和建築,加上該地過去被法國殖民時,對城鎮進行的城市規劃,這種東西方的風格碰撞使它擁有獨特的歷史設計語言;另外設計亦參考了印度支那風格的凹凸鍍金裝飾,加上了若隱若現的金光。

餐廳位於一個繁忙購物商場中庭的中央位置。因為其獨特的地理位置,規劃中有一部分是在中庭毗鄰餐廳的位置設立一個室外用餐區。設計師便因此參考了越南的舊殖民地城市住宅,它們通常位於小街道內,有著一個鏈接室內外的花園區域作戶外用餐之用。 

餐廳的花園區域與室內由一道大門明確劃分。室內則打造成一個家庭式環境,以不銹鋼的窗框,低瓦數的金色壁燈,以及用於特色牆的中世紀現代風格混凝土磚和些許浪漫閃爍著的金光。這些元素為顧客營造了一個賓至如歸的環境。而開放式廚房則位於餐廳的中心處,讓室內所有顧客都能輕易認清它的位置。

項目中有多項與其他公司合作完成的元素:燈飾是與RoanoakCo和Cedar and Moss共同合作完成,VG&P協助製作椅子,India Mahdavi為品牌Bisazza設計的特色瓷磚,還有藝術家Elsa Jeandedieu所製作的復古牆面。

- 一月 2018 -

Project Name: Nha Trang Vietnamese Canteen

Architecture & Interior Design: James JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Architecture

Date of Completion: September 2017

Location: Hong Kong

Area: Approx. 1900 sq.ft. (front of house + back of house)

Client: Nha Trang Catering Service Limited

Artist Collaborations: Elsa Jeandedieu Studio

Budget: 6 Million HKD (Inclusive of Front and Back of House)

Site Photography: Adam Kuehl