BINTAN ISLAND, INDONESIA — Since no one gets crucified by simply going directly to the kitchen upon arriving home, we always try and go scathe free.
We did another visit to Bintan Lagoon Resort early this year, our favorite next stop whenever we visit Singapore, as it is only an hour ferry-ride away from Singapore. After putting our luggages down, we went straight to this kitchen they called ‘Chop Chop.’
Adjacent to ‘Fiesta’ restaurant, if not part of it, this kitchen however does wonders, if not one of the wonders itself. Festive and colorful, entering ‘Chop Chop’ is like taking a step towards getting a taste of the Chinese culture, if not totally understanding it. Yes, ‘Chop Chop’ is BLR’s own version of Chinatown, and yet another reason to enjoy weekends and Holidays in this 470-room resort.
‘Chop Chop’ is located just below the lobby level, ready to welcome guests with a dramatic sense of fun. From the loud, cheeky and funky graphic walls with oriental motifs to the hanging dim sum baskets and red lanterns surrounding the central column, the atmosphere pulsates with an energy typical of Chinatowns around the world.
Opened in November 2016, Chop Chop echoes the Resort’s revitalized branding as a hip, fun and vibrant destination for all ages. Styled as Bintan’s Chinatown, the outlet serves popular North Asian street food culture in a decor evoking the charm and nuances of Chinatown around the world. From the signage to the lighting and fixtures, every little detail is meticulously executed to bring out the concept of dining on North Asian streets.
To make it as authentic as possible, fixtures are a mix of rustic wooden table tops matched with vividly colored metallic chairs perched on tiled floors and comfortable cushioned benches set up against wall etchings of quirky shop house features.
Chop Chop offers a menu of well-liked street food, a quintessential part of the Asian experience. Guests can find a mouthwatering variety ranging from steamed and fried dumplings, noodles and rice to tasty stir fries and double boiled soups.
“The opening of Chop Chop brings back fond childhood reminiscences and memorable travel experiences in Asia. It is the perfect spot to test one’s chopstick skills and enjoy familiar tastes in a fun, casual environment. Its inviting, cheery décor is a popular selfie spot for guests,” remarks Gerald Hendrick, General Manager of Bintan Lagoon Resort.
Designed by IWA Design of Singapore, the 260 sq metre Chop Chop accommodates 165 persons.