Top 5 Best International Restaurants in Phan Thiet
While there is no dearth of restaurants in Phan Thiet, almost all of the international restaurants are located in Ham Tien Ward. A few Phan Thiet resorts have very good international restaurants, but most of the resort restaurants are not particularly noteworthy. The majority of the independent international restaurants throughout the city are also not very exciting, but there are a few independent restaurants that are quite good.
The very best Indian cuisine is found at Ganesh Restaurant, 57 Nguyen Dinh Chieu in Ham Tien. Although there are a number of Ganesh restaurants in cities throughout the country, they are not all the same. They are all run by brothers or relatives in the same family. However, not all of the brothers have the same culinary ability. Having dined at most of the Ganesh restaurants in Vietnam, as well as at many other Indian restaurants both in India and around the world, it is my opinion that the Ganesh in Ham Tien is by far the very best.
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As in most major tourist areas around the world, Phan Thiet welcomes a large number of German tourists. Germany makes up the largest overseas market for a number of resorts, both in Ham Tien and Mui Ne wards, so it is quite understandable that good German food is available in the area. The very best German restaurant is Ratinger Loewe, 32 Nguyen Dinh Chieu in front of Cham Villas in Ham Tien ward. The overseas Vietnamese-German owner has hired an excellent German chef who prepares most of the items from scratch and uses only the freshest ingredients.
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By far the most popular restaurant on the Ham Tien tourist strip is Joe’s Cafe at 86 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. Besides the fact that it is the only restaurant that provides live music every evening throughout the year, the restaurant has some excellent American and Mexican dishes on offer. The half-barbecued chicken is my favourite, whereas my friends prefer Joe’s large hamburgers.
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The only really good international restaurant that is not in Ham Tien is Source Bar and Restaurant, located at 148 Huynh Thuc Khang in Mui Ne Ward. The outside terrace at Source offers diners an unobstructed view of almost the entire 60 kilometres of the Phan Thiet coastline, so even if Source did not have great food, the dining experience would be pleasant. However, the restaurant does make some of the very best pizzas and French Galettes in southern Vietnam, so the dining experience here is very nice. The best time of the day is just before sunset, as the views of the setting sun are unparalleled.
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The best Italian restaurant in Phan Thiet is Santimatti. Located at 82 Nguyen Dinh Chieu across from the Blue Ocean Resort, the restaurant is owned by a long-time Italian resident of Phan Thiet and his culinary abilities place him on par with the very best chefs around the world. The restaurant has a wide selection of main courses, pasta dishes, pizzas and Italian desserts, all of which are some of the tastiest I have ever had the opportunity to enjoy.
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