Four days into our stay on Phu Quoc island, we discovered the restaurant Quan Oc Bin Dan 30K while searching for traditional Vietnamese food with a good price. And this is where we ate every night after!
Our morning at the beach created quite an appetite. We stopped at a roadside restaurant called Bia Ruou Phu Quoc which we later found out also boasts the Bia Tuoi Phu Quoc Craft Beer micro brewery. It is conveniently located close to Coconut Prison and Emerald Bay so it was a perfect
Our days on the island of Phu Quoc, a beautiful island belonging to Vietnam, were spent on a moped exploring the 574 km² of treasures it has to offer. Some days found us over the lunch time in the town of Duong Dong, and when that happened, we went to the fabulous restaurant Bun Cha Ha Noi. This quickly became our favourite lunch go to when it was open!
The menu is always the same, so all you do is sit down and wait for it to appear. Iced Tea arrives the second you sit down. Then, an order of Chả giò (nem rán) arrives; minced pork wrapped in spring rolls and fried until crispy and golden.
A big plate of white vermicelli noodles as well as a plate of herbs and greens are placed on the table followed by a big bowl of moderately sour grilled pork and fish sauce broth filled with pork meat pieces and having an slight sweet taste. This combination leaves an incredible delicious taste explosion in your mouth.
Although the art of Bún Chả varies from place to place, at this restaurant it is best described as a grilled pork & *vermicelli noodle soup with Chất Viên(minced pork balls) and Chả lá Lốt (minced Pork wrapped in betel leaves).
*Rice noodles and a basket of basil, mint, cilantro and perilla are put on the table so you can add as many noodles and herbs as you like – I like lots of herbs!
Everybody working here are super friendly, full of smiles and trying to understand! Such warm people only enhance the fab experience!
It is amazing and cheap with a total of 100.000 dong for two people!!! That includes: Lemonade, Spring Rolls and Bun Cha.
Total Cost for 2 persons: 100.000 dong / €3.70 / USD$4.40
Simple restaurant, delicious food, great price! Do not miss out on the experience to taste traditional Vietnamese food.
Walking around the main town Duong Dong on the island of Phu Quoc, we saw a cute little restaurant with a blue porch. The fresh catch of the day was displayed on ice – when it is gone, there is no more! The overpowering sign, too big for the little place, displayed in bright red letters the restaurant name, Thu Phuong.
Although there was no more space on the porch area, or in spite of, we entered the busy restaurant and sat at the only remaining table. We were immediately greeted by a lady with a huge, contagious smile; she took our drink order and disappeared leaving the menus behind.
When our drinks arrived, we were asked what we would like to eat. As I was once again craving Asian carbs, I ordered the mì xao gà which is yellow noodles with chicken and vegetables. Promising we would share with each other, my husband ordered barbecued Tiger Shrimp and a starter of chả giò tôm or better known as Shrimp Spring Rolls. Our server / owner pulled him out of his chair and scurried him over to the iced seafood, telling him “you pick”.
The spring rolls arrived first (not an easy feat in many restaurants world wide!) with a side dipping sauce similar to sweet chili thai. The hand made rolls were crispy, crunchy and delicious. Although they tasted like more, our next course was begging to leave space!
The huge shrimp were barbecued in a garlic chili butter, giving just the right amount of spice, similar to monster firecracker shrimps. The noodles were a very good accompaniment to the shrimp, but most certainly could be a fine stand alone price worthy meal as well.
A plate of watermelon from the house, no charge, nice touch!, finished our delicious feast. Following our meal and goodbyes, a romantic walk along the beach helped with digestion!
On another night, we found ourselves visiting this delight of a restaurant once more. As delicious and friendly as the first time we had:
– Cà ri gà, a curried chicken, with lemongrass, veggies & rice for 95.000 dong / €3.55 / USD$4.20
– Spicy BBQ Prawns with rice – 150.000 dong / €5.60 / USD$6.60
– Beer – 25.000 / €0.93 / USD$1.10
– Ginger Tea – 25.000 / €0.93 / USD$1.10
– Finishing with free watermelon Total: 295.000 dong / €10.96 / USD$12.99
On the Island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam the charming local restaurant AceroLa can be found. This is my review.
Note: This is an independent restaurant review based on my experience.
Restaurant Name: AceroLa Bar and Restaurant Address: Gia Thanh Phu Quoc Guest House, 6, 91 Trần Hưng Đạo, tt. Dương Đông, Tp. Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
We stayed at the Guest House Gia Thanh while on the island. On the motel premises is the restaurant AceroLa which is owned and operated by the same family. It is conveniently located an approximate 5 minute walk from the main road of Duong Dong or 10 minutes from the beach. Parking is available.
We ate breakfast every morning in the restaurant. The prices were fair and it allowed us a relaxing way to start the day. They had a nice variety of offerings including the traditional American style breakfast in addition to the typical Vietnamese soups.
Presentation / plating was always appetising to the eye and served with a big smile. The food always tasted fresh, hot and delicious. Really, I do not give out praise easily, but this place is wonderful. The iced coffees were the perfect cooling java jolt and a great accompaniment to the meal.
Due to the fact that we were literally on the run every day trying to see as much as possible, it was not until the last day of our stay that we had a lunch at Acerola Bar and Restaurant. It was then that we realised what we had missed out on.
We ordered Sautéed chicken with bell pepper with cashew for 75.000 dong / €2.80 / USD$3.30, Tamarind Spicy Shrimp for 85.000 dong / €3.20 / USD$3.75 and 2 passion fruit Mojitos for 35.000 dong / €1.30 / USD$1.55 each.
The food was delectably delicious! Each morsel was a taste explosion in the mouth! This guy knows how to cook and obviously enjoys doing it.
After adding 2 more Mojitos?, our bill came to a total of 300.000 dong / €11.18 / USD$13.20.