Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is the largest Island of Vietnam, and a region famous for its delicious fish sauce and first-rate cuisine. Here’s our definitive guide to the 10 best restaurants in Phu Quoc.
Located in Cassia Cottage, a famous resort in Phu Quoc, the Spice House is the perfect place to sit comfortably by the beach, order a seafood basket, some classy cocktails, and enjoy the calm sunset views and breeze as you dine. Since it’s a part of the resort, you can expect elevated prices, but in return you get natural and fresh ingredients selected from the resort’s own farms, fantastic service and overall a quality dining experience.
If you’ve had a crabby day, then head over to Crab House where things are about to get a lot crabbier — but a different kind of crabby. This is a seafood lover’s paradise! Put on the bib and start digging into the likes of soft-shell crab with green peppercorn salsa, the mega squid-crab-shrimp-lobster combo, com ghe (jasmine rice with crab meat), or Cajun-style blue crab. Make sure to order the homemade sauce as well — lots of garlic, chilli, lemongrass and a whole host of other incredibly well-balanced flavours. Try not to be shellfish and share your meal with someone else because there is just too much to try here and, yes, we had to use those puns. Book ahead!
A firm favourite, Saigonese Eatery exudes a casual atmosphere perfect for having a laid-back dining experience. The Vietnamese food served here is cooked with passion, using a well-balanced range of flavours. The staff are so friendly and if the owner is around, she will make your way over to your table and passionately explain every dish you order or would like to order in detail. You will find yourself returning here time and time again during your stay on the island. Western favourites available too.
If you’re tired of constant seafood and would like some curry instead, Namaste India should be your top choice. The menu isn’t as extensive as the likes of Ganesh, but that only means that Namaste India perfects the dishes they serve. With lamb samosas and papadam for starters, a nice vegetable biryani with butter chicken curry and paneer palak as the main course, plus a salt lassi to prevent your mouth from catching fire, you can’t go wrong with this one. This is also part of the high-end Salinda resort.
On the Rocks Restaurant is also another resort-restaurant and belongs to the popular Mango Bay Resort. Here your will be ordering from the largest seafood menu on the island, and you’re sure to find something – from your typical Vietnamese noodle dishes to Western-Asian fusion options. The long Happy Hour(s) stretch from 4:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m., timed perfectly for you to catch the famous Phu Quoc sunset at the best venue possible.
While Phu Quoc is predominantly a hub of seafood restaurants, great international cuisine is also present if you know where to look. And by great international cuisine, we mean burgers. The meals at Winston’s Burgers are generously-sized, inexpensive and go well with the drink menu that features imported beers, ciders, potent cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks like milkshakes, sodas and fruit juice. Opt for The Terminator — three 150g Australian beef or chicken patties, three cheese slices, bacon, and a special sauce sandwiched between two homemade buns. There’s nothing like eating some comfort food after a lazy day of sunbathing and doing absolutely nothing. Play some Connect 4 right after to digest, because you won’t be able to move for a while.
While bun cha served up in Hanoi is hard to top when it comes to authenticity and flavour, the dish served here comes close. Bun cha is a delicious grilled pork and vermicelli dish served with a basket of greens, that was made famous after President Obama of the US of A tried it with Anthony Bourdain during his state visit to Vietnam in 2016. There is no menu here as the restaurant specialises in serving just this dish, so it will make for a quick, uncomplicated and absolutely delightful meal.
The Pepper Tree is perfect for a romantic date with your significant other. Belonging to a famous, colonial-house-turned-resort, La Veranda, The Pepper Tree is all about elegance and sophistication. Premium wines and fine-dining cuisine, with stunning beachside and garden views, and an unobtrusive four-piece jazz band serenading you softly in the background…what more could you want?
For authentic Spanish fare, Itaca is where it’s all at. A true culinary gem where the East meets the West with style, Itaca’s specialities are Catalan and Mediterranean dishes with an Asian twist. Local products and Spanish spices create flavours here that cannot be found anywhere else on the island. Try the paella!
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Heaven Restaurant is your typical family-run street side joint with basic wooden tables and low chairs spilling out onto the sidewalk. Fresh ingredients, generous servings and wonderfully homey staff make this hidden gem a favourite among locals and travellers alike. There is a very long list of vegetarian options, making Heaven Restaurant ideal for anyone looking for a delicious, home-cooked meal.