Knowing that Pasar Oleh Oleh was created just for tourists, we were a bit shocked to see that the "shopping village" was really small. Every other shop sold the same items. There were only two restaurants there - we only ate at Bintan Idol both days, because there was some pungent smell going on at Cafe Helo Helo.
Bintan Idol was not too bad in terms of service, IF you don't expect too much. The wait staff sometimes come back to tell you they have run of this and that, but they are always quick to provide alternatives. They obviously forgot one of our dishes on the first day because we had to ask thrice before the steamed fish was served. Oh btw, try to go earlier (about 5ish) before the crowd sets in, or you'll end up waiting for some time because the cooking is really slow. We thought the food quality was quite good; the flies thought so too judging from the way they kept wanting to join us at dinner.
The acoustic band was not too bad; well versed in multi-language songs. But if you're the cheapo type like us, politely reject them when they ask if they can play some songs for you. If you accept them, please at least tip them some. To their credit, they are not pushy for money.
I didn't like most of the souvenirs available. My personal favourite were the personalised magnets. I love the ones sold at the shop near the back of the village (near Cafe Helo Helo). Run by a family, they provide excellent service :)
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