Bintan Lagoon Resort is a HUGE resort. If you refer to their website, you will see that they have like 10 dining venues on top of room service. Since we were only there for effectively one full day (because we spent the whole of our first day out on our EcoVillage tour and had dinner at Plaza Lagoi), we only visited a handful of them.
Let’s start with the breakfast venue. In the morning, buffet breakfast was served at Fiesta. I loved the bright and open concept of Fiesta with abundance of natural lighting!
There were three live-cooking stations serving eggs, roti prata and noodles.
On our first morning, we even saw a little Kids Corner with kids-friendly food. However, on our second morning, the Kids Corner was replaced by something else. Which left us a bit confused.
On the whole, there was a decent variety of food. But quality wise, I didn’t think it was anything to rave about. I was happy eating the danish pastries and croissant with butter. But I found their cooked food pretty blah.
And although we were there on a weekday where the resort was relatively empty, the egg station struggled to keep up with the orders and there was no proper queue system. I gave up trying to get my eggs. I cannot imagine what it would be like when the resort was more crowded.
In short, if breakfast was included in my stay package, then I would just take it and have the pastries, fruits and juices. But if it wasn’t included, I don’t think I would pay for the breakfast here.
Chop Chop was a new Chinese restaurant, located right beside Fiesta.
The decor was absolutely lovely and welcoming!
There were tables beside large windows where you could get a sea view.
Pricing wasn’t cheap, as you can see from the menu below.
For drinks, we ordered the lemongrass juice (IRD40,000++) which I thought was the most reasonably priced drink on the menu. Confirm better than paying IDR55,000++ for coke right?
For appetiser, we tried their Marinated Shredded Chicken with Glass Noodles (IDR108,000++) which was not bad. The kids liked this dish.
We also had their Deep-fried Silver Fish with Salt and Pepper (IDR88,000++) which was quite fun to eat. It kept the kids entertained as they chewed on the fishes while waiting for the food.
The Octopus and Jelly Fish Salad (IDR98,000++) was not what we imagined when we ordered a ‘salad’. They should rename it ‘Octopus and Jelly Fish’. Full stop. Wahaha… The serving was huge btw.
The Deep-fried Vegetable Spring Roll (IDR78,000++) was pretty normal. So I guess you can say it’s expensive since they were just normal vegetable spring rolls.
Since my kids love char siew bao, we ordered it for them. The serving of 3 char siew bao cost IDR128,000++, making this the most expensive char siew bao I have ever eaten. At least the kids liked them.
The other dim sum we had, Tofu Skin (IDR95,000++) was equally exorbitant.
And we also had their Wok-fried Carrot Cake with XO sauce (IDR70,000++) which was not as scarily over-priced.
Since we ordered quite a number of appetizers and sides, we ordered a fried rice with diced vegetables (IDR98,000++) to go with them. It was rather plain, but we could have ordered fried rice with egg or fried rice with chicken and it would have been the same price.
Under the mains, we tried their Stir-fried Prawns with Szechuan Sauce (IDR158,000++). I thought the sauce was more like our Singapore chili crab sauce than Szechuan sauce. Which I didn’t mind because it went quite well with the rice.
I had pretty low expectations when I visited Chop Chop. After all, this was not Hong Kong. It was Bintan. I don’t go into a Chinese restaurant in Indonesia and expect the dim sum to taste like Hong Kong’s. Just like I won’t go into any Japanese restaurant anywhere in the world expecting the food to taste like Japan‘s. On the whole, the food at Chop Chop was pretty okay, albeit expensive. If I were back at Chop Chop, I would order a fried rice or fried noodles with maybe two mains and an appetiser. The dim sum was simply too expensive, I wouldn’t recommend them.
Nelayan is a beach-front restaurant-cum-bar where you could sit on the terrace by the beach to enjoy your meal or have a drink.
Since it was raining when we were there, we ended up sitting indoors.
We started our meal with drinks. We had mocktail (IDR90,000++), iced latte (IDR75,000++), and the kids had chilled apple juice (IRD55,000++).
While I was happily drinking my iced latte (which was pretty good), I couldn’t help eyeing the beautiful Smoked Salmon (IDR180,000++) that Sengkang Babies ordered.
The kids meals were served first. My boys had the kids Mac and Cheese (IDR125,000++) which was literally just Mac and Cheese.
Again, I found myself eyeing SKB’s chicken fingers (IDR150,000++) instead. What is it they say about the grass always being greener on the other side? In this instance, it was a case of the food looking yummier on the other side.
Next, the adults’ meals were served. We ordered the Nelayan Set 1 (IDR280,000++) which was grilled chicken with rice, egg, vegetables and crackers.
We also had the Combination Grill (IDR500,000++) with beef, lamb, fish and prawns. Despite the seemingly hefty price tag, this is the dish I would most highly recommend. The beef and lamb were all perfectly done – juicy and easy to bite. And the fish and prawns were delicious too!
And since it was our last night (not like we had a lot of nights, we were here for only 2 nights.. haha!), we ended it on a sweet note with the Caramel Walnut Pie (IDR150,000++).
And also the Pear Paradise (IRD150,000++).
Our dinner at Nelayan was the highlight of our dining experience at Bintan. I recommend dining there at least once during your stay. I particularly like the grills.
Verandah was located at the Leisure Activity Centre – where we spent most of our time while at Bintan Lagoon Resort. We didn’t eat there, though they do have a full menu and you could order lunch there to dine by the pool. We only ordered a mocktail (IDR90,000++). Although the mocktail here and at Nelayan cost the same price, the mocktail at Nelayan was nicer. Don’t ask me why. So I guess if I wanted a drink, I would go to Nelayan instead.
Terrace Sports Bar
We didn’t go inside Terrace Sports Bar but we passed by it all the time because it was located right at the lobby. There was TV screening soccer games and dart games that you could play. The bar was located on a terrace which overlooked the main pool and the sea. Looked like a nice chill-out spot… without the kids. I cannot imagine letting my boys go near darts.
The other restaurants at Bintan Lagoon Resort included:
Information on Bintan Lagoon Resort:
Address: Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan, Kepri – Indonesia 29155
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