Experience vegan life at Salinda Resort Phu Quoc
A Review from Vegan Food Quest
Salinda Resort opened in 2015 on a prime beachfront location just a short transfer from Phu Quoc airport. Offering guests 121 rooms and villas to select from, this luxury resort also boasts a large pool, private beach and spa. Phu Quoc is known as ‘The Pearl Island of Asia’ and is surrounded by stunning beaches and crystal clear oceans, this fast growing tourist destination is easily reached from mainland Vietnam and Salinda Resort is a great option when heading to this tropical island.
Our Garden Villa was large and well appointed with spacious seating area, free standing bath tub and a huge and super comfortable bed; the secluded garden was the perfect spot to enjoy an early morning coffee courtesy of the in room espresso machine. Upon arrival we enjoyed a platter of vegan snacks and were able to select a lovely bottle of vegan friendly Cabernet Sauvignon which made for the perfect check in experience.
With 4 restaurants on site, each with their own unique style and culinary offering, guests certainly won’t go hungry at Salinda Resort. The eponymous Salinda Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and à la carte Vietnamese cuisine in the evening and Casa Italiana or Namaste India also serve dinner. During the day Cyan By The Pool offers a variety of options including salads, paninis and burgers. Every menu has clearly marked vegetarian and dairy free options, the staff we encountered had a good understanding of veganism and were happy to adapt dishes where required to ensure they were vegan. Our favourite however, was Salinda Restaurant as there was a separate vegetarian menu with traditional Vietnamese vegetarian food, most of which was vegan.
You know you’re holiday when you’re offered organic vegan sparkling wine as you take your table for breakfast. But just so you don’t get the wrong impression of us, we also enjoyed the choice of tea, coffee and fresh juices that were available at Salinda Restaurant each morning. The staff were really helpful in answering questions about what we could eat from the extensive buffet including fruit, toast (with vegan butter) and a selection of salad; they were also happy to prepare extra dishes upon request that were vegan.
Enter fresh spring rolls, vegan sushi and a selection of Vietnamese style dim sum made with big fat rice noodle squares stuffed with yellow mung beans, tofu and fried scallions and served with a herb salad. The Vietnamese make the best fresh spring rolls in the world and these were certainly no exception. Vegetables, fresh herbs, rice noodles, fried julienned taro which had a great chewy texture and strips of fried tofu with a simple chilli garlic dipping sauce. We could eat these spring rolls for all of eternity and never get tired of them. Then there were the pancakes. Yup. Big fluffy vegan pancakes with a whole array of sauces like raspberry, strawberry, mango and chocolate plus fruit compotes and even vegan treacle. Topped with banana and roasted cashews and we were in pancake heaven.
Dinner at Salinda Restaurant was a feast of beautifully presented Vietnamese food from around the country, also featuring traditional Buddhist cuisine. A vegan version of Hanoi’s famous ‘cha cala vong’ with tofu which had been marinated in a a generous amount of garlic, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, served with white rice noodles and heaps of dill on top. There were sour notes, perfumed tones, juicy tofu fillets and then the slippery noodles which were covered in all the herbs and spices and some crushed peanuts to boot. Our vegan feast also included banh xeo stuffed with slices of tofu in a light sauce, served with fresh pickles of cucumber, carrot and lotus stem, a banana blossom salad and fresh spring rolls full of rice noodles.
It was a dinner where the humble lotus seed was king; dishes including ‘Sacred Lotus Rice’ were full of this delicious nutritional powerhouse ingredient. This tiny seed resembles a tiny nutty potato when cooked but has excellent nutritional benefits. After we were too full to keep eating we still picked out all of those yummy lotus seeds because they were too good to leave! There was also a ‘Mixed Mushroom Delight’ with ginger and lemongrass flavours and a rich soy based sauce with a spicy peppery kick, served with red rice and pickles; delicious.
We were guests of Salinda Resort Phu Quoc but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
Salinda Resort Phu Quoc
Cua Lap Hamlet
Phu Quoc Island
Telephone: +84 297 399 0011
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