Travelers can partake in a multicourse dinner that gives new meaning to the expression “movable feast.”
A meal on the go may not be what you think at the Bill Bensley–designed InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the 39-hectare property on central Vietnam’s Son Tra Peninsula has launched the Nam Tram Dining Journey, a four-course culinary experience centered on its funicular railway, with at least one dish enjoyed right inside the cabin. Carriages inspired by traditional Vietnamese basket boats trundle down a 130-meter-long track to bring guests from the highest point of the resort, dubbed “Heaven”, to the resort’s private beach at “Sea” level. Several stops along the way allow visitors to access places of interest on the jungle-clad hillside.
At “Heaven,” the journey is prefaced with welcome cocktails at Vietnamese eatery Citron, followed by an appetizer of Alaskan king crab with caviar, garden herbs, beetroot rice paper, green apple, fresh artichoke, cherries, and candied pecans. Back on the rails, travelers descend through the trees to the “Sky” level, where they’ll be handed handed flutes of Billecart Salmon Brut champagne before taking in the artworks at the Bensley Outsider Gallery, which showcases paintings by the celebrated Bill Bensley himself. Imperial abalone soup with ginseng and ginger will then be served on board the Nam Tram.
Disembarking at the next stop, “Earth,” guests can visit the resort’s signature restaurant La Maison 1888, styled as a colonial-era mansion built for a Franco-Vietnamese family. Mains come in the form of grilled rib steak using top-quality Kagoshima wagyu beef (A5+ Satsuma Gyu). Finished in horseradish hazelnut butter, the melt-in-the-mouth steak is accompanied with a stuffed onion, mustard leaves, arugula sorbet, candied red peppers and pommes pailles (shoe string potatoes). Dessert awaits at the beachside Long Bar, where servers will offer almond chocolate tarts with chocolate and almond cream, vanilla Chantilly, and fresh berries. Available from September 15, the Nam Tram Dining Journey is priced at VND 12,000,000++ (approx. US$513) per couple.