Bangka is an island that is abounding in picturesque beaches, with the nearest to its capital city of Pangkal Pinang being Pantai Pasir Padi. A mere 30-minute drive from the city centre, not only will a breath-taking panorama awaits you there but also a number of top-class seafood restaurants – including RM Biru Laut.
Now, as long as you don’t come by on a weekend – when swarms of domestic and foreign tourists will flood the seaside and overrun the eateries – you should be able to enjoy a tranquil view of the sea whilst tucking in to some tantalising seafood dishes. Having been a local favourite for the last 16 years, RM Biru Laut is housed inside a capacious building, complete with a medium-sized hut that extends on to the tip of the beach.
Seafood joints tend to require a wait of considerable length to prepare its food. Thankfully, I had the idyllic shoreline and the peaceful sound of the ocean waves to tide me over. And then came my orders for the day: Udang Sambal Nanas (fried shrimp with spicy pineapple sauce) and Cumi Tauco Sambal Hijau (stir-fried squid in fermented soy paste and green chilli sauce).
Although reddish in colour, the Udang Sambal Nanas did not pack as much spiciness as I had expected. Yet the sweet pineapple tang along with its rather sour aftertaste enhanced the juicy shrimp’s flavour. The Cumi Tauco Sambal Hijau also let me down a bit with its level of piquancy despite its moniker. On the plus side, they were both richly seasoned using fresh ingredients, delivering a refreshing sensation to my palate with every bite.
Pantai Pasir Padi,
Open daily from 10am-9pm
Rp.100,000/US$7 per person