Although Vietnam’s most idyllic island is more famed for its illustrious production of fish sauce, its white-fringed shores and bountiful assemblage of fresh seafood, the barrage of wide-eyed visitors flocking to Phu Quoc in recent years has also led to a bustling food and drink scene.
One of the most impressive additions to the island’s hot spots is Chuon Chuon Bistro and Sky bar. What began as a small establishment on the top of a hill in the popular area of Duong Dong town was mostly for locals to enjoy when it opened a little over two years ago, but has since slowly earned a name for itself as a place for tourists and residents to enjoy from morning to night.
Chuon Chuon is nestled in one of the island’s most altitudinous spots and the slightly treacherous uphill drive is all but forgotten once one steps foot on the dazzling outdoor deck. With views of a far-stretching glistening ocean, limestone islets in the distance and an expanse of terrain and bubbling towns below, Chuon Chuon’s views are undoubtedly nothing short of divine.
The restaurant’s workload is dictated by its customers’ visiting seasons, whether that be during November to April for new coming foreigners fresh off the boat, or for Vietnamese clients that prefer to visit the rest of the year from May to September. As such, the bistro has to cater to a variety of palettes and tastes to complement the stunning location. This is why Chuon Chuon’s menu includes an extensive array of Asian-inspired specialities, such as the Cambodian star dish of Beef Lok Lak or its neighbouring Thai beef papaya salad. Seafood is evidently a prevalent option too given the island’s prosperous waters, and the Vietnamese fish curry is one of the restaurant’s best-selling dishes.
Visitors aren’t shy of stopping by at all hours of the day to catch their seat in the sky, whether that means sipping on a cappuccino in the early hours of the morning, waiting for sunlight to break, or peering over the balcony to soak in the shimmering city lights. For the night owls Chuon Chuon also offers a range of liquid delights, from bottles of Bisol Bel Star prosecco, to lemongrass mocktails or the restaurant’s signature Chuon Chuon cocktail, packed with a punch of triple sec, vodka and apricot juice.
Chuon Chuon’s menu is as diverse as its flurry of well-travelled customers and it is no surprise that the location is rapidly becoming one of the island’s most sought after hangout spots to feel quite literally on top of the world.
To enjoy Chuon Chuon’s glittering views head there any time between 7:30-11pm at Duong Dong town Phu Quoc island, Khu 1, Phu Quoc.