About us

Nén draws its essence from the heart of Vietnam, turning simplicity into something extraordinary

Nén is an indigenous and symbolic ingredient in Central Vietnam. It represents our desire to explore our own Vietnamese culture and the belief that even the most humble things can have limitless potential.

Led by Executive Chef Summer Le, the team at Nén is passionate about exploring Vietnam’s culinary landscape and promoting local ingredients. With their trademarked Sto:ry Menu concept, each experience at Nén is a multi-sensory journey that aims not only to satisfy the palate, but to touch the heart and provoke the mind of the diner as well.

Summer Le

Founder/Executive Chef

Summer Le spent more than 10 years researching and promoting Vietnamese cuisine as a food blogger before taking on the role of an Executive Chef in her own Nén Restaurant (Danang, 2017) and Nén Light (Saigon, 2022), focusing on Vietnamese ingredients. 

Coming from an intellectual background with a masters’ degree from the Australian National University, Summer is unorthodox, yet respectful, in her approach to the long-established Vietnamese culinary traditions. With the creation of Sto:ry Menu since 2021 – a tasting menu woven with storytelling elements – Summer speaks her mind through the whole experience. 

Besides her main role at Nén, Summer is also notable for her presence in other F&B projects domestically and internationally, namely: TV host for VTV & Asian Food Channel, contributor for Phaidon – the prestigious book publisher for the F&B industry, and culinary consultant for international news outlets (New York Times, Food & Wine, NHK…).

Chef Summer Le in the process of designing a Sto:ry Menu

Leon Le

Founder/Experience Designer

Leon Le is the man in charge of restaurant management, and is Summer’s creative partner. He is equipped with a refined palate and a passion for tailoring experiences. Leon is professionally trained as a Sommelier.

Leon loves a good story and is a natural in picking up details that matter. His sensitivity to media with great substance made him a driving force in the creation of Sto:ry Menu and the overall experience at the Nén brand. His involvement goes beyond the food served, helping Nén Light tell its story digitally and physically. More often than not, the audience is engaged with Leon’s work long before being physically present at the restaurants.

Le Hung

Beverage Director

Le Hung, our Beverage Director, spent 15 years living in Japan and immersing himself in its culture. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for fine beverages. Being one of the select few to hold dual titles as an International Sake and Wine Sommelier, Le Hung offers a distinctive perspective on these exquisite brews, emphasizing an emotional connection over a purely technical one. His extraordinary curation of beverages reflects a deep appreciation for their stories and origins.

Nén Light is selected for Michelin Guide Vietnam 2023

The Michelin Guide

After walking down a narrow street, diners are invariably enchanted by the pretty lights that set the scene in the tranquil bamboo garden.

36 hours in Ho Chi Minh City

The New York Times

Opened in 2022 in District 1 and set in an intimate, single room with black ceilings and dark cloths on the eight tables, the restaurant serves creative Vietnamese dishes with seasonal produce

Original Cuisine – The Quiet Luxury

Luxuo Vietnam

Nén captivates its users and offers a distinctive culinary experience through a dedication to hard work, rather than relying on ostentatious or flashy elements.