Craving for seafood but don’t feel like burning a hole in your wallet? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Batam is just a short 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore, and it is home to a host of cheap and finger-licking good Seafood!
Since Batam is an island, it gets plenty of fresh seafood daily which means you will be getting TOP quality seafood at a fraction of the price you pay in Singapore!
If this doesn’t please you, I don’t know what will!
Some things to note before we dive into the Top 5 Cheap and Delicious Seafood in Batam:
Always order shellfish such as gong-gong cockles and mussels from kelongs. Seafood at these places are better kept live in its natural environment. Many other places also offer shellfish but they do not always have the facilities or the space to keep their catch alive and fresh.
It is very important to note that lobster and crab can be incredibly expensive at certain restaurants. Always check the price before buying and be present when your order is weighed.
When ordering live fish ask for the price per kilo of different types of fish. Avoid simply accepting the suggestion offered as there’s often a big difference in the prices of each type of fish.
The colloquial word for shellfish is kerang but it generally refers to cockle type shellfish. To assist you with further with the Indonesian words for Batam Seafood here’s s a few helpful words.
- Fish = Ikan
- Shrimp = Udang
- Squid = Sotong or Cumi-Cumi
- Clams = Kepah
- Crab = Kepiting
- Crayfish = Udang Kipas
- Small Conch = Gong-Gong
- Lele -= Catfish
- Tiram = Oyster
And finally the easiest (and most expensive) is Lobster which is also lobster in Indonesian.
Okay! On to the Top 5 Cheap and Delicious Seafood in Batam!
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Wey Wey 2 Life Seafood
If you’ve ever googled “Best Seafood Restaurants in Batam” before, chances are you’ve read about this place before. Wey Wey 2 Life Seafood is by far the most popular Seafood restaurant in Batam. Ask any local and they’re most likely going to direct you towards the direction of Wey Wey 2 Life Seafood.
(pictures that follow are from Shirley’s blog)
Wey Wey 2 Life Seafood is situated next to the sea, which means you get to enjoy a cooling sea breeze as you feast on your seafood meal. Inevitably, there will be a slight smell of the seawater, but that should definitely not deter you from visiting this great restaurant.
One of the things to take note of when visiting Wey Wey 2 Life Seafood is that their menu does not list the price of the individual items. This many seem sceptical at first, but do rest assure that the prices of everything are super cheap. If you are unsure about anything, do not hesitate to ask the staff of Wey Wey 2 Life Seafood and they will be sure to answer your queries.
Here are some of the must-try dishes as recommended by Shirley. If you are interested in reading more about food and travel destinations, be sure to check out her blog here!
Here we have the Kerapu Steamed Hong Kong Fish. The smaller portion was requested, and you can see how big it is still! The fish can easily feed 2-3 hungry mouths, so you definitely need not worry if you have more people to feed and order the normal-sized portion.
Next up on the list, we have the Teppan Tofu. This is a widely popular dish that you’ve probably had every time you eat Zi Char. There are eggs on the bottom of the tofu and broth, which taste slightly salty and give the dish a delightful “kick”.
One of the must-try dishes from Wey Wey 2 Life Seafood, the Sotong Telur Asin dish is Fried Squid served with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce. This restaurant is definitely generous with the amount of sauce they give you! Usually, when you order Salted Egg dishes, the sauce would be sparse and little. Not with this dish! Look at the amount of sauce you get!
Last but not least, Shirley ordered a plate of Udang Nestum, which are Cereal Prawns coated with Nestum cereal. Prepare to get your hands messy for this dish, as the Prawn Shells have to be removed by hand! However, you’d be thanking your hard efforts later when you finally crunch down on this delightful dish.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30 am – 12.30 am
Contact Phone: +62 813-7226-2420
5 mins walk from Harbour Bay Terminal
D’Steam Peranakan Live Seafood
Up next on this list is D’Steam Seafood! You may be wondering, why steam? Well, if you guessed it’s because you get to steam your seafood fresh, you’re right!
Here at D’Steam Seafood, you get to steam your live seafood yourself with the steamer they provide.
D’Steam Seafood is located just a short walk away from the apartments at Nagoya and is within walking distance from Nagoya Hill Mall. This means it would be the perfect place to end your tiring day of shopping!
Customers will get to dine Alfresco or in their VIP dining rooms which are air-conditioned. Take note when ordering that the prices are not reflected in the menus, so be sure to ask the staff before ordering anything you might be unsure about.
Although some guests have mentioned that there is nothing much Peranakan about the seafood dishes, do not be fooled. The seafood served is nonetheless very tasty and affordable. They are freshly picked and steamed (as mentioned earlier), so you can be certain of the quality.
Here are some of the dishes that other guests have ordered and recommend:
Here we have another dish originating from the Salted Egg Yolk craze. Ayam Daun Kemagi, or Salted Egg Yolk Prawns. Once again, be prepared to get your hands dirty for this dish, but rest assured that the mess you make will be well worth it when you sink your teeth into them.
The crab here is also freshly caught and cooked, and there is no stale taste to it. The price you pay for the crab here is going to be a fraction of what you are used to paying in Singapore, so go ahead and order to your heart’s content!
Opening Hours: Daily 11 am – 11 pm
Contact Phone: +62 778 4881809
Love Seafood Restaurant
Get ready, you’re going to be super full after visiting Love Seafood Restaurant. Why, you may ask. Well, Love Seafood is famous for their MASSIVE Jumbo Steamboat, which can easily feed up to 6 people. The only thing that’s more surprising than the size of the steamboat is probably its price. Priced at only 385k IDR which equates to about SGD $37, it’s really as cheap as it can get!
If the Jumbo Steamboat is too much for you to handle, fret not. You get to pick from other fresh seafood too, such as Black Pepper or Chilli Crab, which will set you back around 117k IDR, or SGD $11.20.
Sit back and relax as your food orders are caught before you very own eyes! Don’t worry as the restaurant is super well ventilated too, with numerous rotating fans and scenic sea views. It doesn’t get any better than this!
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 11 pm
Contact Phone: +62 823-8218-7777
Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood Restaurant
Here at Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood Restaurant, you can expect to find the usual Seafood you are used to eating, such as Gong Gong, Kang Kung, Crab and Prawns. Some of their bestselling dishes would include the Seafood Fried Rice and Fried Squid
What’s special about Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood Restaurant is that they let you cook your shellfish the way you want it, just tell them how you would like it done!
The Crabs here are priced the same as the rest of the Seafood Restaurants in Batam, at around 116k IDR or SGD $11.20 each. If you prefer to have Crab with more sauce/gravy, it is suggested that you go with the Chilli Crab. Otherwise, you may choose to go with the Salted Egg Crab which is more on the drier side.
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 7 pm
Contact Phone: +62 812-1378-007
One Dozen Cafe
image credits @dalilasings
Does this look like a familiar sight to you? If you’ve eaten at Dancing Crab in Singapore before, then chances are you’d have paid more than you should have for such a dish.
However, fret not, as you can get to enjoy the same for a fraction of the cost here at One Dozen Cafe in Batam! A Combo Meal for 2 pax here will cost you about 135 IDR – SGD $13 for 500g of Crab and a Combo Meal for 4 Pax will cost you about 220k IDR – SGD $21 for 700g of Crab.
Here at One Dozen Cafe, all the combos come with Corn, Potatoes and Sausages. Crabs come in a wide variety of flavours, such as Salted Egg, Black Pepper, Curry and Bumbu Bali Sauce, which tastes spicy and tangy.
The guys over at TheSmartLocal recommended the Salted Egg Crab if you prefer a dry version of a crab. Though it may look a little dull, do not be fooled. The Salted Egg flavour fully coats the entirety of the crab, ensuring you get a hit of Salted Egg Yolk in every bite.
Opening Hours: Daily 8 am – 11 pm
Contact Phone:+62 778 7494479