InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort opens LAVA
The newly opened LAVA restaurant, within the InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Vietnam is the resort’s signature seafood and grill restaurant, serving the freshest seafood sourced from local fishermen each day, and ultra-premium cuts of Australian meat. The restaurant’s namesake derives from the striking blue lava stone bar, located in the heart of the restaurant and its interior features fossilised coral and bamboo décor.
At LAVA, diners are invited to peruse the array of seafood on offer, and discuss with the restaurant’s culinary team and wait staff, how they would like their meal to be prepared, using various Vietnamese cooking styles and hot lava stones. Dishes may be steamed with soy sauce, baked with green chilli sauce, baked and wrapped in banana leaf, wok-fried with tamarind sauce, deep fried with Thai sauce. The seasonal selection of seafood showcases the best in local produce, all based on seasonal availability from the sea. Menu items usually include whole grouper, whole red snapper, squid, slipper lobster, razor clams, tiger prawns and periwinkle snails. Also featured on the menu is Australian grain fed rib eye and wagyu. Guests can delight in chargrilled perfection of beef dishes served with a selection of fine salts, peppers, and mustards, including seaweed salt, pepperberry salt, Himalayan pink salt, Tay Giang pepper, red pepper, smoked chilli pommery mustard, and miso mustard. Further choices include house-smoked duck breast, Vietnamese style pork belly, and melt-in-the-mouth ravioli with eggplant, forest mushrooms and parmigiano cream.
Desserts are equally tantalising, featuring a Roasted Apricot Phu Quoc Pepper Duo Parfait with frozen hazelnut praline, honey crème, white chocolate crunch, and raspberry puree or a Chocolate Dome made of 72% bitter sweet chocolate mousse, ginger bread crumbs, and orange sauce.
The vibrant, electric blue bar and moody atmosphere set a sophisticated ambience indoors, while the outdoor, beachside seating arrangement is light, relaxed, and perfect for a sunset aperitif. For those seeking a more intimate dinner venue, LAVA also offers private dining rooms downstairs.
Following the opening of INK 360 sky bar late last year, designed by the award-winning Australian architect Ashley Sutton, InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort has continued to reveal architecturally stunning venues. Lava has been designed by multi-award-winning Vietnamese architect Mr Vo Trong Nghia, known for his highly sustainable yet memorable designs. The restaurant features stunning natural materials such as lava, fossilised coral, and bamboo for functional yet gorgeous scenery. The use of bamboo is also seen in the resort’s HARNN Heritage Spa, creating a serene atmosphere.
The sommelier team at LAVA has curated an extensive wine list of over 300 fine wines, showcasing the very best in local and international varietals. On this menu, guests can indulge in both new world pours and old world classics.
LAVA’s beachside setting on the west coast of Phu Quoc island is a perfect vantage point for enjoying romantic sunsets whilst sipping on an aperitif or a glass of Champagne.