Dinner by the Beach
During her last stay in PD, Anita had been telling me about this steamboat place by the beach called Embok Village Steamboat. Located in between the City Centre and Si Rusa - where Bayu Beach Resort is located, getting there was straightforward, and we were blessed with great weather on the day when we visited.
We intentionally went there early for a few reasons. The parking spot was easier to get to start with. There were not too many people, and as the service tended to be slow, we got our food ready a lot faster. And also, we wanted to be there for the sunset. It worked out great for us.
Since it was a Saturday evening, we could only manage to secure a table well away from the beach despite phoning in. As soon as we arrived, we made our food orders straight away and headed out to the beach to enjoy the sunset.
It was beautiful and breezy. Definitely an Instagram moment. We did not wait until the sun was fully set as the food was almost ready, and all of us were hungry by then.
Food was alright although Idlan and I had to wait a bit longer for our steamboat. Apparently, they used authentic charcoal for that - giving an almost barbecue quality to the meat! Of course, the grilled chicken and lamb were massive hits.
The cyclers had to have early nights since they would be setting off by dawn. Itul and her sister have yet to check into their hotel rooms. Saturday Night traffic in PD was also rather heavy with night markets and those coming in for the weekend congregated at these hot spots.
Embok Village was a convenient stop, but I doubt if this is the best steamboat spot in town. Food was above average, but the service left a lot to be desired. Coupled with the lovely sunset and sea breeze, a quick stop here made plenty of sense. And it was best to definitely get here early for the above reasons ...