Monday, October 27, 2008
I just came back from a 3D2N trip at Bintan Agro Beach Resort with four of my buddies, enjoyed its unpolluted sea, great weather and spectacular view. There were only two restaurants available at the resort. One of which is a cafe where we had our daily buffet breakfast, the other being a seafood kelong restaurant.
Sun Moon had an open-air concept that provided a 360 degree view of the sea. The staff spoke and understood adequate English and their menu were all in English and Chinese. Service were friendly and better than most of the restaurants in Singapore, with speedy refilling of ice water and attentive to your needs.
Hotplate Tofu (Small) (IDR54000 ~ SGD8.30)
Very home-like dish, served sizzling hot with the sauce still bubbling. The egg tofu was topped with slices of yam, vegetables, fish ball and prawns, with omelette at the bottom.
KangKong Belacan (Small) (IDR23000 ~ SGD3.50)
The chilli was not as spicy as our version, but still have that belacan flavour lingering in your mouth. In fact, their other types of stir fry vegetables were rather to our liking. After all, many of their customers are from Singapore.
Butter Oatmeal Squid (Medium) (IDR63000 ~ SGD9.70)
This was unanimously our favourite dish of the trip! The fragrance and appeal of the squid already made it mouthwatering. In your mouth, the intense buttery and oatmeal flavour is unleashed and you just couldn't have enough of it. The oatmeal and egg bits were also a hot item. The only place I knew that had similar standard in Singapore is ThaiPan @ Mandarin Gardens. Incredibly, we also had this for the other 3 meals we ate at Sun Moon. Sinful!
Dried Chilli Chicken (small) (IDR45000 ~ SGD6.90)
The tender chicken pieces was stewed in a peanut sauce with cashew nuts and fiery dried chilli. Nice!
Tom Yam Soup (small) (IDR52000 ~ SGD8.00)
One of the dinner we had a seafood tom yam soup. It was rather tasty with a slight sweet aftertaste. We realised that sliced fish balls were very generously used in all the seafood dishes. Maybe to make up for other more expensive ingredients?
Chilli Crab (5 Ounces) (IDR95000 ~ SGD14.60)
We were not very big fans of crab, but still had two small ones for a try. The live crabs were chosen by us in a tank and we selected chilli sauce as cooking method. The crabs were expectedly fresh with delicious sauce that goes really well with our rice. We almost licked clean the plate!
Though a tourist spot, we were not outragously charged for food and drinks. A meal of 4 to 5 dishes with accompanying fruit juices cost us about SGD10 to 15 dollars per head. There's a 21% taxes but we have 10% discount vouchers for most of our meals. If only we could have such quality and price back at home!