Located in Sungai Liat, the panoramic Pantai Parai Tenggiri is known as a must-visit destination on the island of Bangka. About an hour’s drive from the province’s capital city of Pangkal Pinang, there are tons of fun activities to partake in at the beach. Most importantly, it is also home to a multitude of eateries, including the glorious Restoran Raja Laut.
Specialising in seafood, Restoran Raja Laut is popular with both locals and tourists. It was first established in 1994, and it only relocated to its current site on Jalan Sam Ratulangi three years ago. The spacious joint tends to see a full house during weekends and the holiday seasons.
Service here is quite speedy for a seafood place – although it may have to do with the fact that there were only three groups of customers at the time – despite the waitresses’ seemingly cold disposition. I had a go at its Ikan Tenggiri Bakar (grilled mackerel), Cumi Masak Asam (squid cooked in tamarind), and Sapo Tahu (silken egg tofu with vegetables).
The Ikan Tenggiri Bakar was simply outstanding, with the fish drenched in a mixture of turmeric before undergoing the grilling process to give it a flavourful zest. It’s quite spicy as well. With a strong hint of oyster sauce from its buttery tamarind sauce, the Cumi Masak Asam was very refreshing to the taste buds. Meanwhile, the Sapo Tahu – consisting of tofu, shrimps, squid, fish balls, cauliflower, napa cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, and onions – featured a rainbow of flavours that will delight any palate.
Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 889,
Sungai Liat, Bangka
Open daily from 9.30am-9.30pm
Rp.100,000/ US$7.70 per person