It is indubitable why this outdoor dining option of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is called the Sunset Bar. I was fortunate enough to be at the resort for 3D2N, with full-blown shine and no rain, which resulted in the above capture. Breathtaking and picturesque are understatements. Witnessing it first-hand, in person, with your naked eyes, is simply indescribable. It was sheer beauty.
As the sun sets quickly over about half an hour, the natural light dimmed and the spotlights took over, casting a shadow over the traditional native homes of Borneo-inspired roof. The short 30 metres walk over to the ‘private island’ would bring about a hut that can accommodate about 100 diners, perfect for a romantic private event. Otherwise, you ought to know that the sun sets at about half past 6 (depending on the time of the year, it’s best to just play by ear). The crowd would start to thicken at about 6; best to spare some time, reach the bar at about 5pm – 5.30pm to get the best seat in the house; one that is just two steps away from falling off the edge. They do not take reservations.
Sunset Bar Satay (RM22++ / SGD9.2++) :: I had thought that items would be overpriced here, seeing how the resort is pretty self-sufficient and has all the rights to jack the prices up. So you can only imagine how psyched and pleased I was when I saw how reasonable the prices were. Frankly, my expectation on the quality of the food was also pretty low, but was later proven wrong with its bar bites. Tallying to about SGD1 per satay stick, I was more than happy to pay for it. No exaggeration, it was the best satay I’ve had. The meat was tender, moist, and very importantly, meaty. I’ve never seen such quantifiable satay stick in Singapore, where most of those that I’ve had were dry, stuck to the stick, and pathetically sized. A must order for some small bites while enjoying the sunset.
Drinks on the other hand, namely the Apple Juice (RM9++ / SGD3.70++) was too steep and nothing extraordinary. It’s the syrup kind of juice rather than freshly squeezed. I guess an alcohol would do better here.
Food items are only served from 4pm. Sunset Bar is not cut out to have a full-sized meal, but more of a pre-meal, like a cocktail party is to a wedding dinner. The menu for small bites and snacks isn’t exactly the most extensive too, but I wouldn’t complain. I wouldn’t mind coming here just to down a whole bunch of satays.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Sunset Bar
Telephone: +6088327888 (No reservations)
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm