Top 10 phu quoc food you must try

Phu Quoc Island: Where to eat và drink

When it comes khổng lồ food, Phu Quoc has something for everyone & though the number of restaurants are still relatively modest (it is a small island after all), options will only grow along with tourism here. If you think you have sầu to lớn eat expensive resort food, think again.

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Long Beach và Duong Dong TownDuong Dong town is chock-full of cheap local eats, including noodle soup for breakfast and com tam — “broken rice” with veg và meat — at lunch, all for no more than 30,000 dong a plate. Look for banh canh, thichồng noodle soup with pork or fish, or Saigon style pho. Try banh xeo, large yellow savoury crepes stuffed with sprouts, spring onions và meat or seafood served with a diluted sweet-sour fish sauce. Wash it all down with a glass of nuoc mia, sugarcane juice, or a fresh coconut.


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Island = seafood.


However, there is nothing quite like digging inlớn grub while digging your feet inlớn the s& just inches from the water. Beachfront restaurants and bars, some linked khổng lồ guesthouses/hotels, line the length of Long Beach. The busiest hub is at Long Beach village, a popular, central beach access lane lined with guesthouses và restaurants. Alley 118 leads from Tran Hung Dao Street & deposits you right at Phuong Binh House’s restaurant The Sunmix Grill. It’s a relaxed joint with inexpensive sầu drinks và tasty Vietnamese food such as stir-fries and curries with fresh seafood, starting at 90,000 dong. Try the prawn with coconut milk, served with steamed rice, for 105,000 dong.


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Dig your feet inkhổng lồ the svà at Rory’s.


To give sầu you an idea of how diverse Long Beach is, a couple of spots down is Rory’s Bar, which attracts backpackers lượt thích flies lớn honey. The restaurant’s colourful low plastic seats are lined up lượt thích it’s a theatre to lớn watch sunphối. You can expect burgers, pizzas & panini sandwiches along with the usual pan-Asian thực đơn.

By contrast, its neighbour is La Veranda’s swish bar and fine dining restaurant, The Pepper Tree. Here you can get your foie gras on in a tropical French colonial setting. Fresh local seafood is given a fancy French twist, while Vietnamese fare comes with the White tablecloth treatment. Mains start at 285,000 dong. If you have sầu someone you want khổng lồ impress, they bởi candlelit dinners và upscale barbecues in the sand. Don’t forget your wallet.


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The svà seems finer here?


Seafood of course is the star of the island. The over of the day not only brings Phu Quoc’s signature sunset, it’s the time when beach restaurants start laying out fresh seafood on ice và fire up the grill. It’s just a matter of taking a stroll to see what tickles your fancy, be it a whole fresh fish, squid, clams or crabs, prepared the way you lượt thích. Ask what the price by weight is và they’ll weigh it out in front of you. These joints are catering to lớn tourists so yes, it is overpriced, but it’s something a happy holiday-er can excuse for the great location.


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A huge selection at the night market — tanks not necessarily better.


The night market in Duong Dong is jam-packed with tourists chowing down on seafood. On the street running from Tran Hung Dao khổng lồ the marina at Bach Dang, there are live sầu tanks và displays piled high on ice: grouper, crab, squid, prawns, lobster, clams, urchins, scallops, just khổng lồ name a few. It’s prepared however you like, with a choice of sauces. Before you automatically assume the live sầu tank is the best và freshest choice, one local told us that the seafood in tanks at the night market are given drugs to lớn keep them alive unusually long. We obviously can’t verify this clayên, but you know what, we wouldn’t be surprised if it were true. Mind you, hundreds of people enjoy the food every night without a problem.


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Tempting night market grill.


Another local we spoke lớn tried lớn dissuade us from going to lớn the night market & instead recommended we go to a proper (though still local) restaurant for better quality. We thoroughly enjoyed the delicious seafood at Song Xanh. It’s a popular spot for both locals & domestic tourists. A large breezy covered terrace on a great spot overlooking the Duong Dong river, it’s a tidy place with brisk service and someone always cchiến bại by to lớn refill your beer.


It’s still a pay-by-weight seafood joint, with all the available live sầu critters on display in tanks, but when we ate there the restaurant was so busy that it was all moving quickly. Deciphering the “English” thực đơn with comical translations is half the fun. Standouts are the whole steamed fish with soy sauce (130,000 dong) và seafood hot pot. It’s definitely better tackling the big meal with some friends. Our plate of stir-fried morning glory, rice, a couple of beers và heaping plate of prawns cost us only 200,000 dong. Don’t confuse it for Song Xanh 2, located just across the street.

Formerly known as Song Bien 123, Com Bac is a xinh đẹp covered restaurant in town with a range of tasty Vietnamese dishes eaten with steamed rice & igiảm giá khuyến mãi for sharing: braised fish or crab in clay pot (125,000 dong), seafood fried rice (90,000 dong) and steamed chicken with ginger và spring onions (100,000 dong). The chickens out baông xã are a testament khổng lồ how fresh the food is. It’s a clean, comfortable spot with wooden chairs that will fit Western backsides – no flimsy plastic stools here. There’s a thực đơn in English but it only lists the boring, generic Western dishes they can make. It’s best lớn look và point at what others are having, or find the extremely humble owner/manager who speaks excellent English and is so pleased lớn welcome foreigners.


Winston’s Burgers và Beer has, you guessed it, burgers and beer. The thực đơn is specialised for one thing only so don’t expect anything but the best burger on Phu Quoc with a side of heavenly waffle fries. Choosing a burger feels lượt thích taking a personality test and embarking on an adventure. Which is right for you? “Basic Training” (110,000 dong) is for novices. On the other end of the spectrum is worryingly named The Terminator (365,000 dong). And once in a while, someone will saunter in and take on the chilli-packed The Devil’s Own. Vegetarians can eat… french fries.

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Located on Tran Hung Dao at the roundabout, at the entrance to the night market beside Rainbow Divers, La Caffe Deli is a cosy nook with creative sầu upcycled flair. Old chairs are adorned with new cushions, sewing tables have been repurposed into coffee tables while Willie Nelson CDs & an odd assortment of garage sale finds adorn the wall. It’s a lovely, friendly spot khổng lồ watch Phu Quoc putter by while enjoying a fruit shake (20,000-40,000 dong) or something stronger – a shot of rum can be added khổng lồ any juice for 30,000 dong. The food thực đơn has Western mains such as pasta and burgers, for around 95,000 dong. The chalkboard sign says it’s open 24/7. We didn’t get a chance lớn test that out! (Heading khổng lồ Con Dao? They have a brother restaurant there, Caffe Infiniti.)


It wouldn’t be a sun holiday without ice cream and you can get scoops of New Zealvà Natural at Buddy Ice Cream & Info Cafe. You can enjoy typical comfort food coffe fare such as sandwiches, salads and burgers, as well as a proper flat white. The front terrace overlooks the marina but it can be noisy with all the traffic whizzing by. Inside is a pleasant hang out spot và the helpful advice is miễn phí. The cafe also produces a handy map of the isl& that shows routes and road conditions lớn the beaches.

Outside Duong DongIf you’re staying on some of the more isolated and remote beaches, dining options outside your own hotel/resort are limited. Luckily there are a few standouts.


Several Phu Quoc residents told us, nay, commanded us to lớn dine at Mango Bay Resort & they did not steer us wrong. The unique, freshness & flavour of the food is worthy of the spectacular view from their wooden deông chồng on Ong Lang beach. Starters, salads và Vietnamese dishes such as crab rolls or grilled beef in la lot leaves hover around 160,000 dong, while fresh seafood dishes such as Phu Quoc mackerel poached in sweet soy bean & shitake broth, served with bok choy, cost 230,000 dong. It’s reasonably priced & if you’re staying elsewhere, well worth the journey.


Sakura Restaurant is also at Ong Lang beach và it’s a cheerful spot with great Vietnamese food delivered with very sweet service. Enjoy chicken, pork or beef stir-fry for 90,000 dong or with seafood for 150,000 dong. Our fresh prawns with coconut milk sauce was a generous portion and delicious. Sakura is located on the same beach access road khổng lồ Mango Bay Resort & Mia B&B.

On the east coast, Bai Sao beach is popular with daytrippers và if you’re one of them, The Beach House, located beside My Lan Resort, will satisfy cravings for German, Italian & other Western fare. There’s an extensive pizza menu with plenty of topping options, & a medium starts at 95,000 dong. And if you lượt thích meat & potatoes, there’s Frankfurters, bratwurst, curry wurst, schnitzel và a few other hearty dishes that will skết thúc you inkhổng lồ a coma on your sun lounger. For something a bit lighter, five sầu different fresh salads are on offer for 95,000 dong. Bai Sao has a few restaurants that cater to lớn domestic tourists và large groups – we found the service to be poor, the food overpriced and the ambience was either dead or pure chaos. If you’ve sầu got a hankering for Vietnamese food on Bai Sao, you’ll find them.

Serious seafood-foodies, we have a tip for you. Ham Ninh is famed for giant crabs. One local told us to lớn buy them there straight from the boat or at the market, then any restaurant can cook them for you any way you lượt thích for a small fee.

The Beach House: Bai Sao beach, beside My Lan Resort; T: (077) 397 2123; thebeachhouse.phuquoc
tin nhắn.comBuddy Ice Cream và Info Cafe: 6 Bach Dang Street, opposite the Marina, Duong Dong town; T: (077) 3994 181; buddyicecream
hotmail.com; open daily 08:00-22:00.Com Bac: So 77 Duong 30 tháng tư Street, Duong Dong town; T: (0943) 670 798; phuquochoan
gmail.com; open daily 09:00-22:00.La Caffe Deli: Tran Hung Dao & Vo Thi Sau, beside Rainbow Divers, Duong Dong town; open daily.Mango Bay Resort: Ong Lang beach; T: (077) 3981 693; reservations
mangobayphuquoc.com; http://www.mangobayphuquoc.com.The Pepper Tree Restaurant: La Veranda Resort, Tran Hung Dao, Long Beach, Duong Dong; T: (0297) 398 2988; contact
laverandaresorts.com; https://laverandaresorts.com/.Phuong Binc House/The Sunphối Grill: Alley 118, Tran Hung Dao, Long Beach, Duong Dong; T: (077) 3994 101; bichnt1512
tin nhắn.com; http://www.phuongbinhhouse.com; open daily 07:30-22:30.Sakura Restaurant: Ong Lang village; T: (077) 6294 856; open daily 07:00-22:00.Song Xanh: Duong 30 tháng tư, Ward KP1, Duong Dong; T: 077) 370 2929.

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Winston’s Burgers và Beer: 121/1Tran Hung Dao, KP7, Duong Dong; T: (0126) 390 1093; open daily 13:00-21:00.


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