There were a total of 12 of us from 3 families arrived at the restaurant on a chartered van on a Friday noon around 1230pm. A sign hung on the glass door told us that the restaurant would open again at 1pm. According to our Indonesian driver, some restaurants here in Batam close for a few hours for Friday prayers. So do take note of this if you are planning to visit this restaurant on Fridays noon time.
It was crowded when we returned half an hour later after having some coffees nearby.
Small plates of dishes occupied our long table fairly quickly with bottles of mineral water and packets of crackers already left on the table for self-service.
Many different types of chicken ranging from red-curried to green-chillied to black-sourced were dished out. Beef cooked in many different styles were available too. Other dishes included Bergedil (Indonesian fried potato patty), yellow-sourced fish, sambal and curry vegetables, light-curried hard-boiled eggs, squid, beansprouts and so on.
Free flow of white rice served in a bucket, charged by per person basis.
Are the dishes tasty? I only like the black-sourced chicken. The beef rending was too dry and tough. Yellow-curried fish was a little too sour. Almost all of the dishes were at room temperature - not warm, not cold.
Culture shock for us: Dishes were charged only for those that were consumed. For example, originally there were two pieces of Bergedil served on a plate. We ate only one. We were charged for one. What happened to the other one? We tried our very best not to think of it being put back to the pile and recycled.
How did the server know whether a plate of dish was 'touched'? He scrutinised the finished or partially-finished plate of dish carefully before putting it on the bill.
Price? Meat dishes cost around IDR15,000 per dish. Vegies around IDR8,000 per dish. Total around IDR1,100,000 (around SGD120) for total of 12 of us including fruit juices and drinks.
Try it if you have not been to one. Will I go back there again? I will think twice.
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