Warmest Place / Lola’s Cafe (SG)

After all, this time we will review one of our favourite cafe in Singapore.  It was a very crowded cafe all the time – there was always waiting list, so you should go straight to their ipad at the entrance and fill the guest info to get the queue number. When it comes to your number, waiter will walk you inside and you can see the cafe’s interior fills with urban and homey style just as good as Singapore can be, the concrete walls, chalk board, recycle material as bottles turn into a lamp, cute chairs and retro stuffs all around.

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Time to order something good, the menu here at lola’s are mainly organic – feels homemade and healthy, so it’s very interesting for most of society people. Luckily we were on diet, so it was perfect :D. I strongly recommend the benedict – never a disappointment. But we also tried the Chicken Grain Bowl and their famous Honey Paprika Crispy Wing.

4Crab Cake Benedict 18 SGD / Handmade Crab Cakes, English Muffins, Poached Eggs, Furikake, Miso Hollandaise, Pickled Radish, Mesclun Salad with Lemon Dressing

3Yakitori Chicken Grain Bowl 18 SGD / Quinoa, Tsukune Chicken Meatballs, Avocado, Charred Baby Corn, 63°C Egg, Pickled Carrots, Cherry Tomato, Furikake, Sesame Dressing, Spring Onions

1Honey Chicken Wing 18 SGD / Wing, honey, spices

For the beverages, bcoz it was a very sunny day and we did a lot of walking, we wanted something refreshing. We ordered Iced Honey Chamomile Tead and Iced Mocha – since the coffee smell was so tempting inside Lola’s.

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And turned out that the iced mocha was sooo good! It was creamy and chocolatey but we can still feel the thick flavour of the coffee. Just perfect! Already craving their iced mocha here in this hot sunny day in Bintan 😦

We should get back here and try another menus for sho’, but going to Sg is not a really good idea since it’s so hype and hedonistic, it may break our vow to nature in Bintan Island (and our bank too) LOL.

Cheers, Baba

Trip to Johor Bahru & Singapore

I am finally getting around to posting photos from our family trip to Johor Bahru and Singapore when our fams came visit us here in Bintan last month. We went to JB on the ferry from Pelabuhan Sri Bintan Pura Tanjung Pinang. It was our first experience and we didn’t expect a three hours ride. Too bad we didn’t prepare that and had nothing to entertain ourselves, so… we just slept like a log until we arrived!

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One of the beautiful street mural creations in JB made a great photo background for me and my sist.

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Strolled around the city, and found some cool little shops, selling vintage stuff and locally made things.

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Then we took some afternoon bites at Roost. We love the foods and the drinks here, and not to forget, the interior! The whole area was decorated with recycled furniture. They used oil barrels, crates, cardboard and even a trolley. Not that kind of cafe with fancy decorations, but it was so cozy and homey! 

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We stayed a night in JB, and then the next morning we went to Singapore on the train. We had brunch at our fave place, Lola’s Cafe. My fave is their egg benedict and iced mocha. Yum!

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Last but not least, we went to the Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at National Gallery Singapore. Drown in Kusama’s colorful world, one great way to end this short trip! 

Xo, Pat

Aldo The Lone Wanderer

Again, another friend of ours from Jakarta came to visit us in Bintan. And it was Aldo time to explore this island. By the way, this was his first time being on plane, so here’s you can see his awkward relieved face when he finally arrived, lol!

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We went to Mama Beach in Trikora (our personal fave spot in Trikora!), and Aldo the city guy was too excited as he ran around everywhere like a four years old never seen a beach.

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As a coffee addict, it was such a joy for Aldo that he could find coffeeshop nearly everywhere, yeah EVERYWHERE, here in Bintan island. One famous must-try coffeeshop is Kedai Kopi Kawan Lama (if you ever heard about Kopi Hawaii, this actually similiar), located in Kijang, half hour from Tanjungpinang city. Unfortunately, when we came there, the shop was closed, too bad! Then we decided to tried out another coffeeshop randomly near there.

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The place is old and rusty, there were plenty of old men sitting there with a cup of coffee and starring blankly at the TV. There was some kind of awkward dark vibes goin on, but surprisingly the coffee was good, not much different than the Kawan Lama. The coffee was strong and thick almost chocolatey in its texture, and the smell was…greattt! If you like strong coffee, you might love the coffee here!

After beach, coffee, and some lazy days at our home, last but not least we went to Dompak for sunset. Sat on the side of the bridge, took some photos, and enjoyed the beautiful evening breeze and sunset.

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So after many “Takeshi” moment, FYI Aldo often feel himself transcent into some “Chungking Express” scene as Takeshi Kaneshiro, one of his alpha male role model. that was how we explored the island with Aldo. From 2 nights plan to another extra 3 nights. Finally time to get back to work Aldo! Bye to lazy island life!

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Warmest Place / Pizza Casa Italia

Italian pizza restaurant runs by an Italian family in Bintan. It does sound weird yet perfect for me tho, in this tiny far away island. No wonder, all the pizzas here are super yummy. The place is so nice and homey, with raw wooden table and seater in a middle of big trees, and the area is surrounded by beach with a little island not far from there. In the hours around low tide, the beach gets dry and you can walk to the little island.

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To do list : Eat pizza – since there is no other option for other food, lol! Taste is awesome, the dough is so thin and crispy, and the topping is always fresh. The perfect humble homemade italian pizza! Our fave is the mushroom & tuna!

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The owner Mr Armando is a serious – funny type of guy, he loves Indonesia so much. He’s been living in Indonesia since 1980s, no wonder his Bahasa Indonesia is excellent. “In Italy you must go through winter around half year, such a waste of time you can’t feel the sun! I like being here coz it’s summer  around the yearl, the weather is so great!” he said.

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In memoriam : our friend Signori Armando -2017.

photo courtesy : my partner in crime Aronio Tobiaso

Warmest Place / Kedai Kopi Pagi Sore

Hi guys! Whatsup there? Earlier today, We went to have brunch at our fave prata place. We have known about roti prata since we went to Malaysia & Singapore, and it’s been our fave food ever since. It’s light, sweet and savoury, a perfect match with kopi  (coffee) / teh (tea) tarik! Back in Jakarta, it’s quite hard to find prata – I only know one prata place actually ( one at  jaksa street.. ugh i miss it) 😦 But when we came to Bintan, prata place is everywhere! Wohoo!prata6One of the oldest & famous prata place in Tanjungpinang is Kedai Kopi Pagi Sore. But this time we will review its branch that located at Pamedan, not far from our home at Batu 8 Atas area.They have been serving malay-indian food since 1957 – it’s been 60 years :O! It was founded by Haji Kamu, an Indian man live in Tanjungpinang, and now being run by his children.pratasThey have various kind of prata here, from prata kosong, beef prata, chicken prata, to cheesy prata. Our fave is prata kosong and beef prata. Prata kosong is the plain one, comes with curry sauce as dip. It’s savoury and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, ah perfection! The curry sauce texture is semi-creamy, seasoning is great and the flavor was vibrant. What makes it different from others is, you can feel the richness of the herbs and spices in the curry sauce. Meanwhile, the beef prata has multiple thin layers of dough that are somewhat chewy, rather than crisp, fills with ground beef and onion. It comes with sweet and salty soy sauce. It makes a good option if you want something heavier than prata kosong.drink1And when you mention prata, it’s not complete without kopi / teh tarik. My fave is iced kopi tarek, while Ivan’s is iced teh tarik. Their kopi and teh tarik is rich and creamy, never a dissapointment! (ps: If you want your coffee / tea to be thicker, or less sweet, you can personally ask them! :D)

Other than that,  they also serve other dish like fried rice, nasi mandhi (indian-type rice, served with roasted chicken / lamb, haven’t try this one yet, but of course i would!), and asma rujak. Asma rujak is a crab dish, served with tofu, cucumber, fried dumplings and peanut sauce. If you ever heard of batagor, this one is similiar, but comes with crabs. And if you love peanut sauce, you would not want to miss this one! Their lamb fried rice is quite good too. It’s been Ivan’s fave lately, always comes with that perfect smokey aroma and the portion given is quite generous for single serving.

For the price, it’s not the cheapest place in town, but it’s certainly one of the best value places as they always use fresh and high quality ingredients.

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Kedai Kopi Pagi Sore is one of our favourite place for brunch. Foods and drinks are yummy and come out quickly, service is friendly, and we’re looking forward to taste their other dishes as they have various menu. Overall, it’s always been a good experience there and I’d recommend you give them a try. Oh and for you prata lovers, they have frozen prata and curry sauce paste too! Just make sure you order 2-3 days before!

Have you tried Kedai Kopi Pagi Sore yet? Make sure to stop by once you are in Bintan  and let us all know what you thought about your experience in the comments below!

Xo, Pat

Addres:
Kedai Kopi Pagi Sore
Jl. Ali Haji, Tj. Ayun Sakti, Bukit Bestari, Kota Tanjung Pinang,
Kepulauan Riau 29122
Phone: (+6771) 317715
Instagram: @pratapagisore