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Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan


Brian Kennett

Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Foodie Extraordinaire


Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan


You may have read the other blogs about our little stay at Nirwana Resort, over here in Bintan, Indonesia. First up was Rin the amazing but pricey Japanese place. Tonight our dinner choice was Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan. It’s a floating restaurant with an adjoining floating bar, called Calypso. Big floating nets full to the brim of all types of seafood, fish, lobster, prawns, crabs – you name it, they have it here. Not just seafood either as you’ll see from the below. This is rated as #1 restaurant in Bintan on things like TripAdvisor – not sure I 100% agree with that (see my later review of the Thai restaurant shortly) – but it was good.

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Here’s the wee bar to the right of the restaurant – lovely; little place at night

I think ratings may be skewed a little though by Singaporeans coming here with a desire to eat cheap chilli crab, well cheaper than Singapore – and hence those ratings going through the roof. But it was good, I have to say. Expensive for Indonesia, but we are a captive audience, like all the restaurants here of course. Here comes some pictorial evidence of some damned fine food at Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan.

Sitting there in a beautiful wafting sea-breeze, Chinese music plonking away – sadly my whole gang is sat there on iPADs and iPhones – never would have happened with my grandparents, but then again we didn’t have iPads then. Even your elbows were not allowed on the table ha ha. What did we eat;

Stir-Fried Celery with Cashews;

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Looks pretty good right – but a little lacking in flavour, to be honest

Siew Pak Choy with Garlic;

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Now this was really tasty with that deep-fried garlic – very nice indeed

Baby Kai Lan with Oyster Sauce;

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Yep this rocked – oyster sauce kicks in to make this taste really good with the young veg

Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken Meat;

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Another nice one – needed a little seasoning with some soy, but very very nice – Amy enjoyed this

1/2 Crispy Chicken;

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Yep this works – deep-fried, that chicken skin crunch was irresistible

Wok Fried Beef with Black Pepper;

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Liked it but again you know being very picky, I have had much better – but it was generally very nice, just not #1 in my reckoning

Hong Kong Style Black Garoupa;

Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan
Mary’s edition to the menu choice – fresh from the net to the table in 10 or so minutes and yes she commented it is by far one the best fish dishes she has had because of that – clearly I am letting myself down not eating fish at a fish restaurant and therefore missing the specials – my BAD

So if measured on location, location, location this does indeed get a big thumbs up, it was lovely. The staff were good, very busy, the ambience good, and very very fresh – you could literally watch them fish the produce from the sea. Doesn’t get much fresher than that. Mary did indeed comment on that too when tucking into the Garoupa, so that gets her seal of approval. But I can only say, I have had better. Living in Singapore we are massively spoilt with food. If this was the UK, this would be the best Chinese you ever ate, but here in Asia boy oh boy do we get picky with the quality we have. But also in their defense, I was not experiencing their specials as I don’t eat fish as you know – refer to Mary’s comments re the Garoupa. Still, if you are here, it is indeed a must-try, just to sit where we sat watching the sun go down, it is exceptional, come try Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Bintan!


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