Before taking the scheduled shuttle bus back to the ferry terminal, we decided to check out the resort centre, where visitors can engage themselves in various activities, such as bowling and archery. In contrast to the pleasantly cloudy weather on the first day, the second day was marked with an oppressively hot one. Upon arriving at an eatery called Makan Makan, we were slightly let down by the fact that there wasn't air-conditioning in operation.
Mee Goreng Resto with Seafood Rp 92,000 (~S$9.70)
The Javanese fried noodle was enjoyably moist, replete with slices of red chili that kicked the taste buds. To make it better, the level of sweetness could be lowered down slightly though. There wasn't enough seafood items on the plate though, save for small squid rings and shrimps. Pika's advice: For the same price, you can opt for beef instead of seafood.
Rendang Burger a la Resto Makan Makan Rp 114,000 (~S$12.05)
I enjoyed the beef patty, which was pretty tender and moist, smeared with rendang (Indonesian spicy meat dish) sauce that was spicy and aromatic enough for me. They could be more liberal with the quantity of the sauce though. The burger bun, however, was unappetising, as if it had been exposed to open air for long. A few of the fries were totally burnt.
Mango Pudding a la Mode Rp 68,000 (~S$7.20)
Supposedly served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the mango pudding came with the strawberry counterpart as the former wasn't available that afternoon. It was more of a jelly than a pudding in terms of consistency, and it wasn't creamy at all. Embedded inside were bits of nata de coco.
Fresh Coconut Rp 57,000 (~S$6.00)
It's such an expensive price to pay for a fresh coconut, but I was glad that it was big enough. The translucent flesh was enjoyably slimy, indicative of a young coconut. The juice was refreshing with an adequate amount of natural sugar.
From the looks of it, I believe Makan Makan used to be a food court. Anyway, I didn't expect to see elephants at Nirwana Resort Centre! Well, thank you, Bintan! :)
Makan Makan @ Nirwana Gardens
Jalan Panglima Pantar
(Daily: 11.00am - 10.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,