Bangka: RM Biru Laut

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.

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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,
Pangkal Pinang
Open daily from 10am-9pm
Rp.100,000/US$7 per person


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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