The Kelong Restaurant (Bintan)

Went over to Bintan with her over the weekend [2days 1 night] =). Stayed at Nirwana Resort Hotel. Its called a resort for a reason. Food prices there are pretty expensive.. a meal there can set you back by SGD15 to 35 per person per meal. The Nirwana Resort Hotel has 3 restaurants located in the hotel, food there are similar no matter which restaurants you go to. Luckily for us, we decided to take the internal shuttle bus to The Kelong Restaurant. We actually took a long time to decide where to eat for dinner as the food in the hotel was lousy yet expensive.

Am blogging about this restaurant as it is a place with real good, fresh and cheap(compared to other restaurants) food.

Close up of the lamp

The Kelong Restaurant is set up on stilts in the sea. It has a open concept so that the breeze from the sea will blow in. Its a pity there was no breeze when we were there.

The Kelong Menu

Tom Yam Soup $14 (big bowl)

The waiter !erved the Tom Yam Soup for us into 2 smaller bowl, yet there was still half a bowl of soup (See picture above title :  Tom Yam Soup $14 (big bowl)) remaining filled with ingredients. This bowl of Tom Yam Soup was spicy yet sour.. totally my kind of tom yam soup. Surprisingly, inside there’s even about 4 pieces of flower crab! The flower crab was fresh, the meat did not stick to the shell and it was sweet. In addition, there are four pieces of prawns, squids, mushrooms, clams. These ingredients are all fresh and well cooked. The squid was not over cooked. The prawns were firm and v fresh! This bowl of tom yam soup is certainty much better than most in Singapore. Although we find it spicy, but its so good that you can’t stop drinking. Of course we ordered two bowl of steam rice.

Crispy Chicken (Half Portion) $13

Crispy Chicken. The chicken should be similar to that of a spring chicken. The skin is very crispy and its finger licking good. But certain parts might be abit dry. Still this dish was cooked much better than the crispy chickens from most wedding dinners.

Stewed Beancurd with Vegetable and Seafood $12

From the menu, we thought that this was a simple dish.. but when it came, I was WOW. Never did I expect so much. I have badly underestimated this dish. Besides vegetable, beancurd, mushroom and carrot, there was squid, 4 pieces of prawns (again) and even scallops. The prawns and squid were fresh as with the Tom Yam Soup. The surprise was really the scallops, hidden under the mushroom and carrots. The scallop was damn fresh!

Stirred Fried Prawns with Butter and Oats $22

The most expensive dish of the meal, took quite a long time to come. We did not know the previous 2 dishes will come with prawns too, hence the overdose of prawns =). Prawns were very fresh. But was disappointed that there was virtually no oats. Still a decent dish. But after the last 3 dishes which were fantastic and exceeded my expectations, this dish is definitely the worst dish when compared to the whole meal.

The Bill

The damage, total cost SGD76.23. The preferred choice of currency is Singapore Dollars.

I would say it was quite a worth while meal as it would cost the same eating elsewhere in Bintan and the food variety will be lesser and of worse quality. If you are going to Bintan, this place is highly recommended. Food quality wise it is very good. Although the place was crowded, there were many serving staff. The service there was very good, fast, prompt, friendly and polite. They are very approachable and will willingly take pictures for you or even teach you how to eat crabs (as we saw a waiter teaching 2 Koreans/Japanese how to eat crab. Kudos to this place.

The Kelong Restaurant is definitely a ‘Die die must try‘ place to go to in Bintan.

The Kelong Restaurant (far view)

The Kelong Restaurant
Nirwana Gardens, Jalan Panglima Pantar
Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resort
Tel: (62) 770 692 789
Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:30
There are free shuttle buses within the Nirwana Group of Resorts that will make a stop here.

9 responses to “The Kelong Restaurant (Bintan)

  1. Hi,
    just stumbled upon your very interesting blog looking for the Kelong rest. in Bintan – we just missed each other there, as my wife & I stayed there 24-30 Nov. this year.
    We enjoyed the Kelong, its ambiente and its food as you obviously did, but thought the Singapore places were a touch better – the place we really frequented and got to love its cuisine was the Baan Aarya Thai restaurant next to the Kelong also on Nirwana Resort.
    All our dinners, our dishes there were perfect and delicious in a very pretty atmosphere.
    Try it next time in Bintan – you’d like it.
    Thank you for the blog !
    Best regards from cold Germany

    • Did not go to the thai restaurant. If I remember correctly, the shuttle bus makes a stop there too. Will definitely try it the next time I go there.

      Any link to your post on this? want to see the pictures =)

      thanks for telling me!

  2. Hi FC, my pleasure !
    My site is and I enjoy cigars, good food and good friends.
    You are welcome to browse around my site – it’s (mostly) in english.
    I just put a report online on our stay in Bintan with many pictures.
    The Thai restaurant “Baan Aarya”, next to the Kelong is, IMHO, one of the best south of Bangkok ( and we love to eat Thai in Bangkok, especially local and spicy, not the farang stuff” ). Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
    This time in Singapore I was introduced to excellent Hainanese chicken rice at Maxwell food centre and Shanghai hairy crabs at Capital restaurant, New Bridge Rd.
    Our favourite spot is East Coast Seafood centre, Black Pepper crab there at jumbo Palace – but it’s getting too touristy and crowded after almost 20 years – will have to move further up the coast.
    My wife loves Fatty’s on Bugis St.
    We also like the Cross Straits rest. next to Centrepoint/Cuppage plaza, nothing to write home about, but decent, fresh, good and great folks who know us for 20 years.
    If you check my site, you will find many reports on Singapore in the flying cigars section.
    Best regards from cold Germany


    • Hi Nino

      Shanghai hairy crab is best when u go China or Shanghai during this Oct-Dec period, will taste much better and is definitely much cheaper than what you ate in Singapore.

      You do seems to know Singapore well! No, man, not a fan of Cigar, but am a fan of food.

      Saw your blog. The pictures on Bintan were well taken! and like the short and sweet descriptions.

      Keep on posting! I will definitely be reading it regularly, especially the travel portions.



  3. Hi FC !!
    Thank you very much for your kind words and the time to check out my blog.
    I’ve been to Shanghai ( and many other places in China ) a lot during my active flying years and always have loved the great food – but never during the hairy crab season :-((
    First time in Beijing was back in 1979 and we had a week off there then – food was not really the most attractive thing then, but man, it certainly has come a long way. My wife loves Schzechuan food – spicy, and I jokingly say that both of us are basically Cantonese, as we will eat ANYTHING (at least once).
    But we consider Singapore to be THE foodie’s paradise – hope it will remain like that. Luckily we have local friends to take us around.

    Again, my best regards and a pleasure to read your blog – you make me hungry :-))

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  5. i read your comment about the kelong restauran,i feel proud about kelong,i’m a waiter at kelong. i want to say thank you to you, we hope u come again to bintan and have dinner at kelong. thank you

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