I was in Batam for seafood.
Fresh, cheap and sinful was what I was told to expect. And boy, it didn’t disappoint. It seems like a great idea for an indulgent day of seafood.
The first place we went to was Rezeki Seafood Restaurant in Batu Besar on the eastern tip of the island.
Batu Besar is a little village and you will know once you reach that you are in a small village once you see the entrance gates saying KampungTua Batu Besar. Villages used to be very clearly separated in the past but as Batam transfroms into an urban sprawl, these boundaries are starting to blur.
Most Indonesian seafood meals begin with a serving of rice, sauces, and helpings of keropok (crackers) and sometimes otah-otah (grilled fish paste). These aren’t free though, except the rice that is, you will be charged for what you consume.
We rounded off the meal with ikan bakar, grilled fish. In this case, a grouper. The fish is wrapped in a banana leave, its body washed and cleaned and loaded with chili paste then the whole fish is grilled.
Another option worth trying is Golden Prawn 555. Now if you look at online reviews many will complain that Golden Prawn is too tourist and plain tasting. What I realised was that there were two Golden Prawns 555 and 933. There were many people in 933 and very few in 555. Wanting a quicker meal we went to 555 instead (so I cannot comment on what Golden Prawn 933’s food is like).
This time around, we chose a different list of items. There were mussels with sweet sauce,
Deep fried mantis prawns with garlic and butter,
So all in, for a seafood hunt, I paid SGD 50.
What are you waiting for 😉
P.S. : a word of caution though. We planned our own trip and went without a tour agency, so perhaps that explains the kind of food we got.
How to get there (Rezeki Seafood)
How to get there (Golden Prawn 555)