The restaurant scene in Phan Thiet changes so rapidly that I felt that it was time to initiate another discussion. The last forum post that discussed a lot of restaurants was three years ago.
I'm starting with my choices and I would like to invite other opinions, especially from Ross, Marilyn, Tim, Maurizio and the other regular contributors. This is partly selfish as I eat out around Phan Thiet almost every night and I'm always looking for good restaurants.
Starting with Mui Ne, my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in all of Phan Thiet is Long Son on Suoi Nuoc Beach. However, the most popular restaurant is Gia Huy in front of the Pandanus. The food is good and VERY cheap.
In Ham Tien, a restaurant that seems to always be friendly and consistently has good food (very good seafood fried rice) is Nang Vang Restaurant in front of Little Mui Ne Resort.
Because the three Lau De Restaurants near the corner where the street changes from Huynh Thuc Khang to Nguyen Dinh Chieu are extremely popular with all of my many Vietnamese friends, I eat there most often. If one wants a real Vietnamese experience away from the tourist crowds in the rest of Ham Tien, go there. (If you're not too squeamish, try the goat balls with your hot pot.)
Andre is no longer at Phat Burgers in front of Vuong Tra Resort, so it is now a one person operation. But if you don't mind the wait, the hamburgers are still quite good.
My Russian friends tell me that Garage is the very best Russian cuisine. Unfortunately, I haven't tried it since the cuisine was changed.
Olivers at 229c Nguyen Dinh Chieu has great homemade pastas. The Gnocci and raviolis are to die for.
There are now about 20 Bo Ke Restaurants in the center of Ham Tien and they are not all the same quality. (After bouts of food poisoning, I tend to steer clear of them). Ross seems to like them much more than I do, so I am waiting for his suggestions.
Across from the Bo Ke places is a new Indian restaurant that is quite good, but still does not compare to Ganesh, which is spectacular. However, the prices are much better than at Ganesh, so go there if you want good Indian food and are on a budget.
When El Latino opened, it had very good Mexican food, but I have to say the quality has deteriorated over the past year. The Moon Restaurant past Joes has also introduced a Mexican menu and it is slightly better now.
Joes is no longer across from Shades and has moved down the street next to Tien Dat Resort. His place is still the best place to chill and listen to live music. Some of the reviewers have complained lately about his service, but if you go to Joes, you shouldn't be in a hurry. He still has great hamburgers and good pizzas, plus the only place I can find home fries rather than French fries.
Chasseur Blanc still has very large portions of country French cuisine in a quiet atmosphere. Christoph will be moving soon, so watch for his new location.
My opinion is that Hoang Vu is still about the best overall Vietnamese in Ham Tien, but Vietnam Home is also quite good. If anybody has other ideas, I welcome them.
The German restaurant Ratinger Lowe at Cham Villas is excellent German cuisine and has a good beer and wine menu.
Sandals in the Mia Resort remains probably the best overall continental cuisine restaurant on the strip and it also has a good wine list.
There's not much in Phu Hai, except the new Melon Restaurant across from the Victoria. The food is good but I find that it is quite pricey.
In the city center, the new Thuy Moc restaurant has great food and compares to my favorite Long Son. However, it is not near the resorts or hotels, so one would have to take a taxi.
The only restaurant I can recommend in Tien Thanh ward is the Green Papaya Restaurant in the Green Papaya Organic Village. The food is good, but the staff are not the friendliest.
Of course, the restaurant at Princess D'Annam is outstanding, but so is the price.Edited: 07 March 2013, 05:12