Restaurant Nirwana Gardens, JL. Panglima Pantar, Lagoi, Bintan Resort, 29155 Tanjung Pinang 15145 Indonesia Published on: 27-10-2016
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Why The Kelong Seafood Restaurant is special ?
The Kelong seafood restaurant, located at the western coast of Nirwana Gardens, offers a panoramic view of the South China Sea and the luxurious Indra Maya villas. This is one of the best places on Bintan Island to have dinner as you get to catch the beautiful sunset while you dine by the sea and right after dinner, you can head straight to the Calypso bar for some drinks and relax to the tune of reggae music.
Built on stilts just above the sea, the Kelong offers a unique blend of Chinese and Indonesian food. The seafood on offer e.g. black pepper crabs and cereal prawns does not come any fresher as some of them are caught right off the waters around the Kelong! Discard any preconceptions of cramped, dirty, hot kelongs as the Kelong restaurant is spacious (with capacity to seat 400 guests in the main area) and clean. You can also enjoy the cool sea breeze while you savor the seafood dishes. Besides seafood, there are also chicken and vegetable dishes in the menu. A meal at the Kelong restaurant for 2 comprising prawns, vegetables, chicken dishes will cost about 60-70 SGD
All staff is very friendly. Yous should try its famous:
Gong-Gong or widely known as sea snails, Black Pepper Crab and Stir Fried Butter Prawns, sambal kang kong, Tom Yam Soup( Small one for $14),Crispy Chicken, Jumbo prawns, chicken satay and seafood
How to get to The Kelong Seafood Restaurant?
To get to Kelong restaurant, hop on to one of the Nirwana Gardens Resort shuttle bus (free) and ask the driver to inform you upon arrival at the Kelong (but you won’t be able to miss this big kelong – the only one along the shuttle bus route)
The bus service is available every 30 mts and the last bus service is at 23:30 hrs.
- GREAT FOOD AND GREAT VIEW!
- Fresh Seafood at Kelong Seafood located at the Nirwana Resort
- Excellent Quality at a Price
- Tasty Food, Nice View of Sunset
- Wonderful ambience with great seafood
- Noise level Loud
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
Nirwana Gardens, JL. Panglima Pantar, Lagoi, Bintan Resort, 29155 Tanjung Pinang 15145 Indonesia
Tips for you
We got S$454 set for 8 persons. Can change some foods. We changes garlic kangkong and kungpow chicken. All foods are good. Stone crab is good too.
“Wonderful ambience with great seafood” Bintan is a wonderful destination for those looking to get away from the hubbub of city life in Singapore or other busy cities. As the island itself is still relatively undeveloped this also means that going out from your hotel/villa to find some great food is not as easy as it might be in other popular holiday islands. As a result most visitors end up staying in their hotel resorts or villas not really venturing out into other parts of the island. However even though our family was staying in the Bintan Lagoon area we were keen to try and find some of the food highlights in Bintan even if this meant making a car or taxi ride out from our accommodations. After researching a little on TripAdvisor and other blogs we kept coming across 'The Kelong' and decided to give it a try. Upon arrival for lunch we found the place very quiet with seating for probably over a hundred diners in a restaurant built on stilts over the sea. The setting was wonderful and it was only with hindsight that actually an evening dinner around sunset might actually be a better choice for the best time to come. On entering the restaurant we walked past tanks of fish and small nets where we could see a few different types of shellfish including some very large lobsters. Our young children very much enjoyed trying to recognise and spot the many varied creatures on display. After being seated by the ocean view we ordered a selection of dishes including some we had read about online. Some of the dishes we ordered were Tom Yam Soup, Black Pepper Crab, Crispy Chinese Chicken, Baby Gai Lan with Oyster Sauce and Fried Rice with Seafood. The Tom Yam was just the right mix of Hot and Sour with small pieces of local shellfish thrown in for good measure. The Black Pepper Crab was a very nice hunk of a crab in a finger licking sauce which put our fingerbowls to good use. The Crispy Chinese chicken was also nice although a little dry in some parts and the Fried Rice was very much enjoyed by all including our young children. The bill for our group of 5 adults and 3 children came to a very reasonable USD 110 which we thought was pretty good value considering the freshness of the fish and seafood. You certainly would find it difficult to get this amount of seafood in Europe or the US at these prices. Anyway, I would certainly recommend The Kelong as a worthwhile excursion from your hotel in Bintan with a great ocean-side ambience. Perfect for both romantic meals or large family get-togethers.