Rin Restaurant on Bintan - Permanently Closed
School holidays and a last minute booking to shoot to Indonesia, Bintan for a few days of pool and beach fun. We picked Nirwana Resort because it is damned good for the kids – mini zoo, flying fox zip-line, bowling, archery, horse riding, elephant riding, air rifle range, paintball gaming, segway, ATV’s, oh yeah and a disco pub for Mum & Dad. But anyway here we are at said resort, and as this blog is about food here is a review of dinner number one. A dinner that was also on Father’s Day, so we pushed the boat out of the expense front and went to Rin Restaurant on Bintan. We have been here before once, remember ‘The Great Escape’ blogs, when Mary and Jude were exiting all the time….
How they look kind of pretty all glistening there in their shells. Mary and Ollie ate these, apparently very sweet in flavour, very tender, not chewy like normal and no fishy smell – so not sure what they added to make all that happen, I reckon some sake is very likely to tenderise and remove the fishiness. All that aside though – when something looks like this, I don’t think I’d really care if fishy/not fishy, tender/tough.
These were called Sawayaka Tomatoes. Or more simply known as refreshing tomato salad. And boy oh boy this certainly was that. Skinned tomatoes, cut the bottom off to stand them up, thinly slice, arrange on plate and drizzle with this incredible zesty sesame sauce. This was killer.
A bloody top quality photo for top quality food. Mary knows her fish well, and she commented just how fresh this was. You really could tell that. So soft, almost buttery. No fishy taste, or aftertaste it was simply delicious and with a little wasabi and soy – BOOM!!! This was serious up there with the best.
This also comes with one twist, how about firing it with a little brandy…
One of my strangest on this experience for this one dish.
“Can I please order the Tsumire Soup?”
“Ahhhh sorry Sir we don’t really recommend that, it’s very chicken intense flavour… Could I recommend the prawn soup below???”
“Er no, I don’t like prawns, give me the bloody chicken!!!”
Just weird, a first for me. Don’t order that (I assume – white boy!) it’s very chicken flavour. Anyways Ollie and I said to this guy, perhaps not so ‘white’ as wold expect fella just bring on the dish we decided to order. PLEASE!!!. So we got it and I tell you the above was delicious – agreed a tad of an acquired taste as it is serious intense chicken – I loved it, it was delicious and so glad I challenged the waiter!
What do you think this is? More Tempura?
Yep you are right…
More basic vegetable Tempura? You are wrong…
This is WAGYU TEMPURA. Yes folks, wagyu tempura. Melting like butter beef, with the most defined batter ever. And then a dipping salt to absolutely die for. This is one to return for alone. Incredible. I think Jude had about 4 of these alone. Just the best bloody beef dish ever! Amazing! You just HAVE TO try this.
There you have the review of Rin Restaurant on Bintan. Well worth a go if you happen to be staying here, the food really was exceptional – a bit like the price – but again you get what you pay for with food in my belief and this was very much worth the expense. So fresh, a little unique in places, but overall just delicious – ENJOY!!!