There are probably a dozen or so food and drink outlets along Salang Bay at Pulau Tioman, two duty free shops (one only sells alcohol to-go), and a partially-stocked convenience store.
In other words, everything essential is available.
One of the biggest restaurants here is Salang Indah Restaurant (can the name get any more original?) located just a hundred meters north of the jetty. They are one of the very few that open for business throughout the day.
There are lots of tables and you get seated right next to the beach, sea breeze, holiday mood and all so it was very nice.
Here you can find Thai food, sandwiches, toast, pancakes, porridge, and even roti canai.
The tomyam, kailan ikan masin, and omelet was rather delicious. At RM6-8 per dish, it wasn’t expensive either.
However, don’t ever eat here if you’re in a hurry. Service is super slow, almost terrible to be exact.
During the second visit there, the server was asked to expedite the order as there was a dive 25 minutes later.
However, after acknowledging the request, she took a seat and started playing with her phone. No dishes in sight.
Needless to say, the order was cancelled after waiting in vain for 25 minutes as they hadn’t even started cooking yet. No apologies were extended either.
The lone Chinese restaurant at Salang Bay is another “super creatively” named place called Salang Beach Restaurant. This place is perhaps an eight-10 minute walk north of the jetty.
The orders for the day were claypot mutton, bean curd, and cabbage soup to go with steamed rice.
The mutton was tender and rather tasty, but the other two dishes were quite bland. Soya sauce and chilli were necessary to make the meal more palatable. It wasn’t really bad, just … tasteless.
Oh yeah, service was very slow here too. It must be the laidback island life.
Though this particular restaurant served Chinese food, it was pork-free. In fact, all the food at Salang Bay is pork-free.
Just to the right of the jetty is a food court that usually has at least a couple of shops open for business – so a plate of fried rice was ordered.
It was a meal that was forgettable, but the operators of the restaurant were very friendly, which made up for the so-so fare.
Rumour has it that the Ikan Bakar to the left of the jetty at night is worth a try. And that there are many drinking places serving cheap cold beer and other alcoholic drinks.
Even though the food wasn’t anywhere near as good as expected, it was edible and priced pretty decent for a holiday destination.
This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com