While doing our homework on Hoi An and Da Nang, we stumbled upon a video by our favourite YouTube couple, Flora and Note. In their video, they were raving about their seafood experience at Moc Quan in Da Nang. Intrigued by their experience, hubs and I decided we also needed a seafood feast in Da Nang. And where better to have it than Moc Quan, which came highly recommended online and by Flora and Note! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ However, on our way there, our Grab driver mentioned that this place is touristy, suggesting it might not be ideal for seafood. But we still decided to stick to our plan and check it out ourselves. Curious to know if Moc Quan is a true seafood gem or a tourist trap in Da Nang? Let’s go find out together~! (´• ω •`)ノ

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Why We Chose to Have a Seafood Feast in Da Nang

After watching Flora and Note’s video, we were intrigued by their experience. But that was not the only reason we decided to have a seafood feast in Da Nang. For most of our overseas trips, we try to splurge on a good meal on our last day in the city. So their video made it even more apparent that we should splurge on a good seafood feast in Da Nang before flying home to Singapore. ( ´ ω ` )

There is a good selection of seafood restaurants in Da Nang, and we were spoilt for choice. Most of them had raving reviews, and it was tough to decide. Eventually, we decided to go to Moc Quan. Flora and Note’s recommendations have never disappointed us, so we knew we could trust their reviews. We were also interested in the unique service that the staff provided in this restaurant and the affordable prices. And just like that, we decided to visit Moc Quan to splurge on our last meal in Da Nang!

Is Moc Quan a Seafood Haven or a Tourist Trap?

When we plotted Moc Quan into our itinerary, I didn’t think about whether it was a seafood haven or a tourist trap. Flora and Note made everything look so delicious that we were convinced it should be great—that is, until we got on our GrabCar and the driver told us otherwise.

I mean, he didn’t say their food sucks or anything bad. He was using Google Translate to tell us that Moc Quan is popular with Koreans, and he thinks it is too touristy. As the translation on the screen wasn’t perfect, our interpretation might be off, but we thought that was more or less what he meant. It sounded like he would recommend some other places to us, but I guess the awkward silence stopped him from doing so. (*/ω\)

The outdoor seating and signage of Moc Quan in Da Nang

But what he said made me doubt our decision as I didn’t know this place was popular with Koreans! Since we were already on our way there, hubs and I decided to go ahead with our plan and try it out for ourselves. I mean, Flora and Note haven’t been wrong in their recommendations. So, we went with our gut feeling and hoped for the best.

A Seafood Feast in Moc Quan, Da Nang

According to the information on Google Maps, Moc Quan could get busy during dinner time. As such, hubs and I arranged to drop by for an early dinner to avoid the crowd. So when we got there around 4.15 PM, it was no surprise that it was hardly crowded, with only a few tables of diners.

As always, hubs and I will decide what to eat before visiting the restaurant. There are variations for each type of seafood, so if you can’t decide on the spot, I am sure the staff can make the recommendation. But we didn’t want that, so we always looked through all the reviews and hoped and prayed we made the right choice. LOL. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The indoor seating and part of the menu of the restaurant

We got the Meaty Crab in Singapore Sauce and Paint Spiny Lobster in Butter & Garlic Sauce. Besides these main seafood dishes, we also ordered Grilled Scallops with Cheese and Egg Fried Rice for some carbo in our meal. Hehe.

The restaurant started getting increasingly crowded while we were waiting for our meal. And well, what the driver said was true. Moc Quan transformed into a little Korean restaurant within minutes, and everyone around us spoke Korean. Haha! Hubs and I felt so out of place at that moment. (´ ∀ ` *)

Amazing Fried Rice with Some Average Scallops

The Egg Fried Rice was the first dish served to our table. Since our crab and lobster came with slightly stronger-tasting sauces, we chose to have simple fried rice to balance the flavours. Hubs and I like our fried rice less lumpy, and they got it right here at Moc Quan. The rice was cooked to perfection, with each grain separate from one another. Not only that, but some parts of the rice were slightly crispy, much like the scorched rice at the end of a claypot rice meal. For something that looks visually simple, it was absolutely delicious. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

The Egg Fried Rice and Scallops with Cheese we had at Moc Quan in Da Nang

The scallops, on the other hand, were slightly disappointing. After having some amazing ones at An Bang Beach, hubs and I was hoping to have some great-tasting ones here again. It’s not that the scallops weren’t good. It was the cheese that we didn’t like.

Two types of cheese were on the scallops: the usual kind you put on scallops and put onto the grill, and another more watery. The former was alright, nothing to shout about. But we didn’t like the latter that much. The cheese was a bit too overpowering for our liking. If they had a lighter version, it would have been better. So yeah, scallops were a no for us.

Time for the Main Seafood Dishes: Crab and Lobster

There are two types of crab to choose from: Roe and Meaty Crab. We went with the latter since it doesn’t matter if we have roe or not in our crabs. Hehe. Between Singapore or Salted Egg sauce, we went with the former to see what Singapore sauce means.

Having tried chilli crab overseas in places like Batam, we were usually hesitant to order chilli crab as they always come out tasting different. Most times, the sauce tasted sweeter than expected. But surprisingly, Moc Quan got it quite close to what we have in Singapore! The sauce tasted slightly spicy, making it perfect to drizzle over my fried rice. ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

The Paint Spiny Lobster and Crab we had at the restaurant

Similarly, there were two types to choose from for the lobster: Paint Spiny and Longlegged Spiny Lobster. The latter was much more expensive, so we chose the Paint Spiny Lobster instead. We are splurging, but we didn’t want to overspend like that! Haha!

The lobster had more variations to choose from. They have Butter & Garlic Sauce, Roasted with Salt, Grilled with Cheese, and Fired with Garlic. We chose the Butter & Garlic Sauce as the combination sounded quite good. But what came was slightly unexpected. You would think the sauce would be pretty light with only butter and garlic. But uh-uh, the sauce’s consistency was so thick! Honestly, I thought it tasted rather average. But, surprise, surprise! Hubs actually loved it! So, erm, sorry, this dish has no conclusion except to go with the feels. Or even better, get their recommendation! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Things Worth Mentioning about Moc Quan, Da Nang

Staff with Good Command of English

Since this restaurant is rather touristy, especially with Koreans, many of the staff here have a good command of English. It was really easy to communicate with them. But we did notice that only the staff serving the tables can speak better English. We tried asking the staff who brought over the dish some questions, and he would often divert them to someone else to answer. Nonetheless, it was still good that there was no communication barrier between us and most of the staff here. So, if you intend to come here, you don’t have to worry about communication issues. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

No Need to Worry about Being Short-Changed on Your Seafood!

You know how some seafood restaurants can be rather scammy by charging you more than expected? For example, they say the crab they are serving you is 500g and charge you for that. But when served to your table, it looked smaller than expected.

Well, you don’t have to worry about being short-changed here at Moc Quan. Everything is transparent. Since they charged by gram for the crab and lobster, we checked the average weight for each type of seafood with the staff. We usually do this to get an idea of how much it would cost. But we didn’t expect that he would bring us to the fresh seafood area to witness the picking and weighing of the seafood! w(°o°)w

The tanks at the fresh seafood area and our crab being weighed on the weighing scale at Moc Quan in Da Nang

After the staff picked the crab and lobster from the tank, he weighed them in front of us. After witnessing the weight, he entered it into the billing system. And that is not all! He let us confirm that we were okay with the price on the bill before he sent the seafood off to be prepared. This is such an excellent system to have. If only it existed everywhere, then no one would have to worry about being short-changed or getting scammed.

Unique Service to Have a Fuss-Free Seafood Meal!

I love having crabs. But the most annoying part has got to be dealing with the shell. I am okay with de-shelling and eating the crab meat. However, the issue came when the restaurant did not do its part to crack the shell properly. And to top it off, they don’t even give us the proper tools to crack them apart! And because of that, enjoying the crab can sometimes be a struggle. (´-ω-`)

But you know what’s amazing about dining here at Moc Quan? The staff will help you process the crab and lobster so that it is easier for you to savour them! Once the dish was served to our table, we took some quick photos before the staff got to work on our crab and lobster. He would crack the shell, remove it, and leave the meat for us to eat. But that’s not all!

The staff processing our crab and the presentation on the plate after he finished processing the meat and shell

The staff didn’t just leave the meat on the plate. He actually took the effort to place them back as perfectly as possible! w(°o°)w If this is not taking seafood feasting to another level, I don’t know what is. So, say bye-bye to getting our fingers scratched by the shells or b*tching so hard as we struggle to crack them open! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

I don’t know if every seafood restaurant in Da Nang does the same thing. But it was for this exact service that we decided we had to visit Moc Quan for this level of luxury. You definitely have to try it once to know what it’s like. Hehe.

Cost Breakdown of Our Seafood Feast in Da Nang

By now, you might be wondering about the total cost of our meal. I am here to give you a breakdown!

  • Paint Spiny Lobster: 0.45g x 1,730,000 = 778,500 VND
  • Meat Crab: 0.65g x 760,000 = 494,000 VND
  • Egg Fried Rice: 89,000 VND
  • Scallops with Cheese: 100,000 VND
  • Drinks x 2: 27,000 VND

The total amount for our meal at Moc Quan is 1,488,500 VND, which translates to about 79 SGD. Hubs and I think the price is quite reasonable compared to what it might cost in Singapore.

Overall Experience at Moc Quan, Da Nang

Hubs and I absolutely enjoyed our seafood feast at Moc Quan in Da Nang! We enjoyed everything so much that for most of our meal, we were eating in silence as we tackled the seafood. Haha! The restaurant also provided plastic gloves to keep our hands clean. But honestly, if you aren’t enjoying seafood with your bare hands, you aren’t enjoying food the right way. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Licking the sauce and seafood off your fingers is part of the experience! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

All the dishes we had at Moc Quan in Da Nang and a look at the exterior

Remember when I was wondering if this place was a seafood gem or tourist trap when we reached Moc Quan? After our meal there, I can confirm that it is more of a gem than a tourist trap. Moc Quan might be touristy, but it isn’t a trap. There is nothing wrong with visiting a touristy place as long as it offers what we think is reasonably-priced food and great service. And we got that right here at Moc Quan. Not only that, but the seafood was amazing as well. So, if you want to splurge on some seafood in Da Nang, consider having it at Moc Quan! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Information about Moc Quan, Da Nang


⏰ Opening Hours: 10.30 AM – 10.30 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 905 665 058
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