Category Archives: ~ Travel: Bintan

Cafe Helo Helo Restaurant (Bintan)

Wondering what to eat or what to do in Bintan? Especially when you are in Nirwana Resort Hotel. Well, in earlier posts, I have mentioned for food you must go try Kelong Restaurant at least once. Well, if you have been there and done that, can try going to Pasar Oleh Oleh for some shopping and for food.

Shuttle Bus Schedule

There is a Pasar Oleh Oleh shuttle bus from that has stops at several resorts including Nirwana Resort Hotel. The pass allows unlimited rides for that day at a cost of $5.00 per Adult and $3.00 per Child.

The Pasar Oleh Oleh shuttle bus at the right.

Pasar Oleh Oleh

Pasar Oleh Oleh is a cluster of village huts on slits. In Pasar Oleh Oleh, you can find about 3 eateries, and shops that sells clothes, bags, snacks, BBQ stuffs, drinks, local Indonesian delicacies such as keropok and kueh lapis. In fact they have 2 shops that are like our supermarket selling almost everything and anything. Pasar Oleh Oleh is actually quite a small place, in total its length is about 150metres. If you have anything to buy (drinks, snacks, cup noodles) buying here or in Singapore will be cheaper compared to the resort. Opposite Pasar Oleh Oleh is Kampong  Lagoi.

Cafe Helo Helo Restaurant

If you look closely, in the background there is another separate compartment with round tables for bigger groups.

Menu (a)

Menu (b)

Mie Goreng S$3.50

Mie Goreng (Mee Goreng) was delicious! Despite it being on the salty end, I finished it and would certainty have ordered another plate if it was not so salty. It was fried to perfection and each strand of noodle was coated with the gravy.

Bihun Goreng S$3.50

Bihun Goreng (fried bee hoon) was so so. It was not salty, but in terms of taste of the dish as a whole, something seems to be lacking. Not that it was bad, maybe the Mie Goreng was too good.

Stir Fried Tofu & Seafood S$14

Before we order the Stir Fried Tofu & Seafood, I was wondering why would this dish cost $14 when the Mee Goreng cost only $3.50. If there was a mark up, then the Mee Goreng should have been marked up too.
When the Stir Fried Tofu & Seafood was served I knew why it was so expensive. Look at the amount of ingredients! The gravy was also filled to the beam and was flowing out as the table legs was not even.  They were very generous with their ingredients. Besides fried tofu, there was prawns, squids, broccoli, fishballs and even pieces of fried eggs (like those you get in some fish soups). The ingredients were fresh but the gravy was on the salty end. The fried egg was good, but they were soak with gravy. Hence, we were pretty thirsty after the meal.

Overall, Cafe Helo Helo Restaurant’s food are reasonably priced and much nicer compared to elsewhere especially when you compare it to the restaurants in Nirawana Resort Hotel itself. But it might be a hassle going to Pasar Oleh Oleh.

Oleh Oleh Restaurant???

Saw this sign in Cafe Helo Helo. It dawn on me much later that Oleh when spelled backwards is Helo!

Cafe Helo Helo Restaurant (Bintan)
Pasar Oleh Oleh, Kota Sebung
Tel: (62) 770 692 488 

The Kelong Restaurant (Bintan) (2nd Post)

This is my 2nd post on ‘The Kelong Restaurant’ in Bintan, Indonesia. The first can be found here.

Went over to Bintan over a weekend again. Things at Bintan can be expensive even food. Most people will be wondering what to eat in Bintan? What is delicious and yet value for money? Well, I have the answer for you… The Kelong Restaurant!We like it so much that we went back there again.

Shuttle Bus schedule to The Kelong Restaurant (sorry for blur photo)

There are free shuttle buses within the Nirwana Group of Resorts that will make a stop at The Kelong Restaurant.

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. This time, the breeze blowing in was continuous and strong. So strong that we felt cold and turned our food cold within a short period of time despite it arrive pipping hot!

Menu Cover (newly redesigned)

Menu (Soup)

We ordered the Tom Yam Soup again. Small one for $14

Tom Yam Soup

Tom Yam Soup

The waiter served the Tom Yam Soup for us into 2 smaller bowls (which you see in the pictures above), yet there was still half a bowl(big) of soup remaining filled with ingredients. Consistent taste; same as what it tasted like 6 months ago. Right amount of sourness and right amount of spiciness that was perfect for me. Prawns, mussels, carrots, mushrooms, squids and even flower crab! The prawns were very fresh, the meat was firm and can be separated easily from the shell. The flower crab despite it being small was equally fresh too. The meat was easily separated from its shell and was sweet.

Menu (Chicken)

Crispy Chicken (Half Portion) $13

We had to order Crispy Chicken again. Again the quality of food was consistent! The outer chicken skin was so crispy and delicious that it would have been a waste if we did not eat it.

Menu (Sizzling & Clay Pot)

Sze Chuan Tofu $12

Thought that this the Sze Chuan Tofu will be very spicy. Surprisingly, it was not. There were lots of toufu, mushrooms, squids, prawns and carrots. The toufu was deep fried and there was a layer of egg at the bottom of the hot plate. Some slices of salted fish might enhanced the taste more. Quite a decent dish of hotplate beancurd that is much better than those at restaurants and coffeeshops in Singapore.. But due to the first 2 ‘stars’ this was an average dish that day.

Menu (Fresh Vegetables & Beancurd)

Baby Kailan with Oyster Sauce $12

Kailan is one of my favourite vegetables. Crunchy and taste great with oyster sauce. The vegetable look so green and taste so fresh! Well cooked!

Damage to the wallet: SGD64.13. Singapore dollar is used here, so Singaporeans do not need to change currency to Rupiah.

We were looking at the next table with 5 person (4ladies and a guy) and we realised that we ordered a similar amount of food as them. Only then did it occur to us that we have ordered alot of food for 2 person! Are we that big eaters I wonder..

If you are going to Bintan. Most of the prices there are similar to singapore prices and you might feel rip off if you insist on dinning in the resort itself. If you are willing to spend, why not go to Kelong Restaurant. At least, you get great tasting food instead of paying more and yet getting lousy food. Considering what we ate, $32 per pax was value for money. Worth it! Moreover, despite the place being filled to the brim, service was very good as they had many waiters and waitresses.

The reason why the food is so fresh:

(sorry for blur picture)

If you are in Bintan, this is a ‘die die must try’ place. Wish that it was located in Singapore.

Tip: If you are going there for dinner on a weekend at around 7pm to 9pm, do ask the hotel to make reservation for you.

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.

Nirwana Resort Hotel, Bintan (Pictorial)

Nirwana Resort Hotel, Bintan, 20-21 Nov 2010. Used voucher for this stay.

Nirwana Resort Hotel

Snake & Ladder

English Chess (Harry Potter's movie?)

Pool bar

What's the fuzz about?

Monitor lizard (it swam across the pool!)

Went to the Kelong for dinner.

Bye Bintan