Phu Quoc is an island famous for its fresh seafood dishes that are wild-caught directly from the ocean. It is not hard to find a good seafood restaurant, but it is not easy to find an Indian restaurant on this beautiful Island. That’s why we made this guide. On it, you'll find the 5 best spots on the Island to eat dal, tandoori meats, South Indian stews, puri, and more. They include everything from a family-style cafeteria in the alley to a luxurious restaurant in a 5-star resort that is worth your money.
Pakka - Worth your money
Location: Tran Hung Dao street. Inside Salinda Resort.
Time: 6 PM – 10 PM (Closed on Thursday and Saturday)
Price: $12 - $30
Against a backdrop of evening gardens and candlelight, you can take an epicurean journey through a richly multicultural India with hits of colors livening up the clean silver lines of this stylish Indian restaurant. Chef Liladhar uses an authentic method to ancient Indian recipes, from tikka prepared in a traditional tandoor oven, through tasty yellow and red curries with homemade naan bread, and finally to amazing Indian ice cream – kulfi.
Every dish on their menu is perfectly spiced, bursting with flavor, and delivered to your table in style. You can immediately tell that the dishes are cooked by an Indian chef who knows exactly what this style of food is all about.
To dine here is to experience the dining of the Indian gourmet. Antique brass sculptures and artwork spice up the restaurant area, while peacock blue decorative plates and ornamental lamp shades allow the seating area to pop. The luxury hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay enchants with its finely worked renderings of the schools of brilliantly-shining fish gleam, epitomizing the classic timelessness of white marble tiles with mirror mosaics and filling the restaurant with the touch of island flair. All the dishes are served in original Indian copperware on an Indian silk tablecloth with touches of gold.
The menu features some of the key elements of the northern cuisine, such as traditional cooking methods in tandoor (large clay oven), giving dishes their distinctive charcoal flavor; the influence of royal kitchens of Nizams and Nawabs in biryanis; and mouthwatering curries filled with a warm aroma and creamy flavor.
The restaurant’s name means, “Lion of Punjab,” the nickname of Ranjit Singh. He was the first Maharaja (King) of the Sikh Empire, which ruled the northwest Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century. A Punjabi family runs this restaurant.
“Sher-e-Punjab” Cuisine serves traditional Indian dishes, freshly cooked to order by a talented Chef. They have Good food, with good-sized portions all for a reasonable price. You can taste their Indian delicacies including everything from Palak Paneer and Butter Chicken to Dal Makhani and Mutton Vindaloo.
They also use the island's fresh fish and seafood for tasty curries. Besides meat and fish dishes, Sher-e-Punjab offers a fine selection of Indian vegetarian preparations. Fragrant Basmati rice or fluffy naan can be ordered with all dishes. To complete your meal, enjoy a cup of hot Masala Chai before you head back to the beach.
We had Saag Gosht & Mutton Vindaloo. Both were very tasty, with very tender meat. We asked for spicy & got spicy. We also had a garlic cheese naan, which was excellent, crunchy on the outside, whilst soft in the middle & tasty. The waiter speaks good English, with a witty sense of humor.
Navras - Endless options for picky people
Location: Downtown, 105 Tran Hung Dao street.
Time: 10 AM – 10:30 PM
Price: $4 - $7
Navras is a fantastic place for authentic Indian food in Phu Quoc. Excellent service and great portions for a relatively low cost. If you’re looking for a break from Vietnamese food and in Phu Quoc, Navras is the place to go. The food was amazing, and the service was even better. We got the Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan, which were both great.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of choices at Navras, since you’ll rarely go wrong with whatever you get. Dine in for dishes like Chicken tikka masala (Grilled Chicken) or take away one of their Aloo Kulcha. Also worth a mention that the varied spices are balanced with consideration.
Sandip - small place to sneak-in
Location: Downtown, 118/2/1 Tran Hung Dao street (In the alley opposite John's Tours office)
Time: 9:30AM – 10:30PM
Price: $4 - $7
There aren’t many hidden comfortable places in Phu Quoc downtown, because, well, it’s mostly very packed and touristy. But if you need somewhere to sneak, we’d suggest going to Sandip. This is a family-style restaurant, located in a small alley heading to the beach. You'll get your choice of a lot of famous Indian dishes.
Sandip does their best to provide you with healthy and mouthwatering Indian food with their classic herbal drink. They have both options of Sattvik and non-veg dishes of India. They also provide Yoga lessons that include breathing exercises, movements, and meditation, suitable for all ages in their restaurant campus.
Ganesh - popular chain with good food
Location: Downtown, 97 Tran Hung Dao street
Time: 10 AM – 11 PM
Price: $4 - $10
Vegans, pescatarians, and meat eaters alike will delight in the options available at this restaurant, whose name means “Ganesha” - which is one of the best-known and most worshiped gods in the Hindu pantheon.
This restaurant is especially known for their incredible butter chicken. It’s rich and cooked in a clay oven, and eating it will likely make you want to lie down for several hours. Their Lamb Vindaloo is also flavorful with basmati rice. We love them. Naan was good too.
The place is big, in a central location, it was quiet when we got there but as we were leaving a big group of tourists arrived. We like sitting outside and watching the busiest street of Phu Quoc.
Those who are wondering where to eat in Phu Quoc, which restaurants are good in Phu Quoc, or what to eat when traveling in Phu Quoc, you can refer to the list of good restaurants in Phu Quoc that John's Tours summarized.
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