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ONE of my recent weekend escapades led me to a place in Kampung Cherating Lama near Kuantan, Pahang.

But before I get to the low-down, I would like to wish all Muslim readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

During this long break, be sure to drive safely.

Okay, back to the makan place, I discovered Intan seafood restaurant (N 04 07.443, E 103 23.461) which is located at the edge of kampung Cherating Lama.

Since it was Ramadan, the eatery opens only after 6pm and when Michelle, my wife and I got there, the restaurant was already packed to the brim.

Restoran Intan.

Restoran Intan.

Sensing that it was a trip worth the wait, we ordered simple dishes like the nasi goreng kampung (RM8), nasi goreng seafood (RM11) and the highly recommended ketam goreng berlada (top pic) (seasonal price).

I was told that most of the customers here would ring up and place their order in advance, so, be warned that service can be very slow, especially during peak hours.

It took us nearly 30 minutes to get our nasi goreng.

To be frank, the fried rice dishes here were nothing to shout about. But, the portions were pretty big.

The cook was also very generous with the ingredients and my nasi goreng seafoodwas served with plenty of shrimps and squid slices.

Plenty of seafood in the nasi goreng.

Plenty of seafood in the nasi goreng.

Now, the surprise dish here was the ketam goreng berlada.

The portions were decent and the taste was pretty good.

On the Samo-scale, I would rate it a 7 out of 10.

The ketam bunga (blue crab) was really fresh and sweet.

Our bill came up to RM67 (RM42 for the crabs) and for a place that caters for tourists, well, we might have fared well by just ordering the fried rice.

In Cherating, do not expect places with cheap makan as this is one of the world’s most beautiful beach villages.

Intan seafood is located near Tanjung Inn and it is next to a Muslim cemetery in the village.

During normal days, this restaurant opens for lunch and dinner.

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