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A Jazzy Escapade

Nelayan, Bintan Lagoon Resort
Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan, Kepri, Indonesia 29155
Tel: +65 6223 3223


ome Saturdays from 11am to 2:30pm, toes are a tapping and bodies are a swinging as Bintan Lagoon Resort’s beachfront restaurant Nelayan dons a jazzy vibes with its resident Orlin Band serenading diners with well-known jazz hits over a sumptuous brunch. Diners can dine in cool comfort indoors or feel the soft caress of the South China Sea breeze at its outdoor seating on a sandy white beach as they begin their gastronomic journey with fresh seafood on ice such as oysters, scallops, prawns and mussels. There is also a wide selection of amuse-bouches to tickle the palate, ranging from salmon vol-au-vent, crusted black pepper tuna to seared scallops with tomato salsa, and prawn cocktail with honeydew pearl.

Gourmet delights
The choice of soup includes lobster bisque, saffron carrot bisque with tarragon cream or the classic onion soup with Wagyu meatballs and truffle crouton, which we highly recommend! Diners can select from at least five entrées. The herb-crusted rack of lamb with green lentil, demi-glaze and mint oil delivers on presentation and flavour. Fish lovers can get hooked by the sea bream en papillote, while pasta fans may find their fix in the squid ink vongole.

Brunch-goers can also expect other tasty bites, like sushi and tempura, from the various live stations lining the walkway leading to the dining area. The moment you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by artisanal breads sitting comfortably in baskets on a bicycle. Walk further on, you get enticing aromas of seared foie gras, slow-roasted prime beef Rossini and Hyderabadi biriyani of duck that are certain to whet your appetite.

0There is also a waffle station as well as an egg station (what is a brunch with eggs?) where diners can have their eggs done the way they like it. Gourmands looking for Indonesian flavours will not be disappointed because the soto Betawi (beef soup) will leave an unforgettable mark on their taste buds with its creamy, dense broth punctuated by a aromatic blend of various spices. Other local dishes are the mouthwatering beef rendang, the appetite-whetting prawns and quail egg sambal and the Indonesian dessert of dadar gulung, which is a sweet coconut pancake.

There in 75 minutes
All these gourmet delights at this idyllic setting is just 75 minutes away by ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Take the 9am ferry and arrive at 9:15am in Indonesian time. With its own direct ferry and terminal right at the edge of the resort, the transfer from ship to shore is a breeze.

So enjoyable is the brunch with live jazz music that the restaurant has seen many diners forgoing their 1pm ferry back to Singapore, back to the hustle and bustle of city life. But fret not, for there is still the 5:10pm ferry or, even better, stay the night (choose from 450 contemporary rooms, suites and villas) to enjoy the many complimentary activities, such as snooker, beach soccer, beach volleyball, tennis, futsal, basketball, table tennis, darts and gym workout, that the resort has to offer.

The brunch costs $68 per person. It is $88 with free-flowing wines or $128 with free-flowing champagne and wines.

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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti