Hello Batam Diners,
Have you ever think about mouth-watering, very tempting aroma of freshly steamed snapper? Or crunchy deep fried shrimp that melt away on your mouth? Or maybe…maybe a spicy, tender yet juicy fresh meat of crab in front of you, ready to be eaten? Well, we are thinking about that now!
As you might already know, Batam is very famous with their fresh seafood. You can practically find seafood restaurant everywhere in Batam, even if you go to the very edge of this island, you will still find the restaurant there! We also posted a brief information about this seafood heaven in our article here, Five Things to Do in Batam. You may want to read it if you want to know, what to do in Batam.
However, let’s get back to our yum yum story about seafood! For this time, BD wants to share one of our favorite seafood place, Rezeki Seafood. It’s located on Nongsa and we called it as another outlying area in Batam which hiding a great restaurant. 🙂 We can assure you that this restaurant is really serving live seafood as you can see and choose your very choice of fish or shrimp or crab or whatever you want. 🙂 This restaurant has been in business for almost 20 years. So now, let’s find out our experience!
Butter Fried Shrimp
As you can see on the picture, it looked sweet, juicy, and delicious. Your observation is spot on! The flavor was fairly strong yet not too overwhelming. We never skipped this menu whenever we visit this restaurant. As opposed to some restaurants, Rezeki Seafood successfully managed to stay consistent on the flavor. Overall, this is one of our favorite menu in this restaurant.
Since this menu is not deep fried, you may find that some of the shells are still too hard to swallow. You should decide by yourself whether the shell is too hard to swallow or not. Mr. BD usually eat all of the shrimp, from head to tail, but for this menu he decided to open the shell and only eat the meat.
Crab with Padang Sauce
Let us tell you a little bit story of this sauce. “Padang” is the capital city of West Sumatra province. This city is very well known for their strong and spicy food. So yeah, this crab is fairly spicy, but not very hot in our opinion. The crab itself was great, full of meat, and juicy. You can always expect to get the best of crab only if you get it fresh, still alive when you choose the crab. A little pro-tip from us, if you happened to choose your own crab, try to squeeze it’s stomach. If you can feel something solid inside, then you can safely say that the crab is fat.
The shell of the crab has been cracked properly, which made us easy to eat the meat inside. However, you may still find some part of the shell that is not cracked enough. Be sure to use crab-cracker, or you will get a hard time opening its shell. Be sure to mix some of the Padang sauce onto your rice before eating this crab to get the magnificent experience….hot, spicy, juicy crab meat, mixed with a spoon of rice enriched with the sauce….YUM! We literally drooling while writing this review…. 😛
Be sure to choose this menu when you visit this restaurant, trust us, it’s worth it.
The fried calamari was decent, not bad, but not good either. Up to now, we were still find it hard to get a good cooked calamari in Batam island, do you have any suggestion? It was cooked great, not overcook nor undercook, but they need to improve in term of flavor.
Green Mussels with Padang Sauce
Another Padang Sauce??? Of course! In our very own opinion, Padang Sauce is very suitable for crab and mussels. The sauce itself was usually hot and spicy, but this time it tasted a little bit sour. We don’t know what made it, but sour sauce is definitely not tasty. The sauce was freshly made, but we suspect they put too much key lime into the sauce. Some of you may be afraid with how red it is, but don’t worry, it was not too hot. 🙂
When you see the picture, what could be in your mind? If you say, the presentation was terrible, we cannot agree more. We understand that this is not five star restaurant, but at least they can make the fish presented better than this one. It looked messy, cut poorly, and not very tempting. As for the taste, it tasted okay. If we were going to give it a score, we would score it 4 out of 10.
In term of garnishes, they only use ginger as the garnish, which is not good enough. The only positive thing from this menu was the freshness of the fish. Other than that, you may consider different fish menu, like deep fried or another.
Sauteed Broccoli with Garlic
Whether it’s suitable to accompany our seafood or not, broccoli is a healthy vegetable we never skipped on our family dining. 😉 The color was still good when it served and the taste was nice too. The portion was enough for four people.
This beverage was made from extracted orange with sliced coconut. There was no ice inside, but you can request it if you want. The taste was fresh and delicious. It came in big glass but the portion was just right for one person. We loved it.
For all those menus, we spent IDR1.7million (SGD185) after tax for 16 persons eating. Here is our bill.
Live seafood in Batam is expensive. Nevertheless, it is considered cheap for foreigner. For BD, as long as we get what we paid for, it’s just worth it.
It’s not easy to find out the location of this restaurant, but taxi driver should know this place. If you consider to come here by driving on yourself, we highly recommend you to follow Google Map we provided below.
Address: Batu Besar, RT.01/RW.02, Nongsa, Batam
Tel: +62 778 761 180 or +62 812 7023 942
Mon – Sun: 10.00AM – 10.00PM
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