Renowned Chef John Nguyen will Helm the Kitchen at the Buzzing New Wan Chai Eatery
XUÂN, a modern Vietnamese restaurant, opened this July on Lun Fat Street in bustling Wan Chai. Helmed by veteran Vietnamese Chef John Nguyen, XUÂN promises next-level cuisine with a northern influence, alongside craft cocktails inspired by the nation’s signature flavours.
Named for 18th century female poet Hồ Xuân Hương, whose risqué and forward-thinking works established her as a national icon, XUÂN takes a similarly progressive attitude towards Vietnamese cuisine. The Braised Beef Tongue Salad (HK$118) features 12-hour cooked, flavourful beef tongue atop pomelo, green mango, fresh herbs and housemade citrus dressing while traditional pork and shrimp spring rolls are upgraded in the form of Chả GiòCrispy Spring Rolls (HK$128) made with fresh grouper, crab meat, fragrant Vietnamese herbs, and homemade nước mắm.
Nguyen’s inimitable phở is served as per Vietnam’s northern style, with a Chinese doughnut and pickled garlic in lieu of fresh herbs. Guests can take their pick of Beef Prime Rib Phở (HK$138) with 12-hour cooked Angus prime rib, 24-hour simmered beef broth and housemade chilli sauce, or Chicken Phở (HK$128) with local Three-Yellow chicken, homemade 12-hour chicken broth, chicken oil ginger and pickled garlic. Another tempting choice comes in the form of a XUÂN Signature Beef Phở (HK$158) – the ultimate main for meat-lovers – it features Angus prime rib, braised beef tongue and oxtail served with homemade 24-hour beef broth, Chinese doughnut, housemade chilli sauce and pickled garlic. The slow-cooked broths are delicately flavoured with a smack of fat – for a luxurious mouthfeel – and each version can be elevated with items such as Roasted Beef Bone Marrow (HK$50), a Chinese Doughnut (HK$20), Fresh Farm Egg (HK$20), Chicken Heart , Chicken Liver or Crispy Chicken Skin (all HK$30).
Larger plates – ideal for sharing – include the colourful Cơm Gà Hoi An Chicken Rice(HK$168). This plentiful and textural dish features hand-pulled Three-Yellow chicken, a perfectly-cooked duck egg, Vietnamese ‘chicken meatloaf’, turmeric and garlic flavoured rice prepared with chicken stock, pickled green papaya and carrot – complete with a spiced ginger nước mắm.
Address: G/F, 18 Lun Fat Street, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday from 11:30 am to 10:30pm
Tel: +852 2891 1177