Isolated on a cliff, nearly 2 km from the center of Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, the vegetarian restaurant challenges diners when they come for the first time.
In early October, Thu Ha, 36 years old, Hanoi, chose Vinh Hy Bay as a tourist destination to relax before changing jobs. Coming to Vinh Hy when it was the rainy season, the vineyards were not many, so according to a local, she went to a vegetarian restaurant on the top of the mountain in the buffer zone of Nui Chua National Park.
Vegetarian restaurant on the cliff to eat, you have to climb the pass and wade streams
In the vicinity of Lo O stream, within Ninh Hai commune, stands a secluded vegetarian restaurant crafted by a young couple. Perched on a cliff, it offers panoramic views of the fishing village and Vinh Hy Bay. Drawn by the allure of the picturesque landscape, the owners fulfilled their dream by relocating here and embarking on their venture. After seven months of relentless efforts, the establishment took shape and commenced operations in February 2021.
The restaurant is situated nearly 2 km away from the heart of Vinh Hy fishing village and proves challenging for first-time visitors to locate. To reach this hidden gem, diners must traverse a suspension bridge and wade across the Lo O stream. During periods of high water, they may need to remove their shoes and roll up their pants. Finally, a journey through the limestone hill, abundant with indigenous trees, awaits. Thu Ha advises seeking guidance from locals to obtain the most precise directions.
Despite the arduous path, Ha was captivated by the restaurant’s ambiance upon arrival. The outdoor setting features approximately 10 sets of tables and chairs meticulously arranged amidst the garden corners and atop the cliff, under the sheltering canopy of expansive trees. Remarkably, even in the absence of fans or roofs, guests remain unaffected by the heat. From this vantage point, one can fully immerse themselves in the captivating scenery of Vinh Hy fishing village, observe the winding road, catch glimpses of crabs scurrying across the mountains, and marvel at the distinct formation known as the dolphin’s nose.
The restaurant boasts a distinctive feature whereby it offers only two menus: one featuring European cuisine and the other highlighting Vietnamese dishes. Vegetarian guests must choose between these two menus, as no other options are available. It is essential to make a reservation at least twelve hours in advance. Without a prior booking, patrons can only order water and cake. Each menu offers a comprehensive selection of appetizers, main courses, and desserts, priced at 150,000 VND per person.
The drink selection at the establishment is diverse, encompassing tea, coffee, juice, and homemade cakes. Some beverages showcase unique characteristics, such as the orange peel coffee, which combines the subtle acidity of Arabica beans with the fragrance of orange peel. Cakes and beverages fall within the price range of 40,000 to 50,000 VND.
Thu Ha emphasized that the restaurant is suitable for nature enthusiasts who have ample time and prefer light meals.