Since it opened mid 2005, I have driven past the Febri's restaurant, at the hotel of the same name, in Jln. Kartika Plaza, Tuban, on many occasions. The restaurant is a sprawling open space across the hotel foyer with a background of the many water fountains [via the trunks of stone elephants] that face the hotel proper. The most striking thing about this restaurant is that whenever you go past, there always seems to be a number of guests. This suggests that the place must be offering reasonable food at value prices.
My first visit soon confirmed this to be very true.
Of course the management behind Febri?s has been doing the same thing for years with their two Green Garden Hotels and restaurants. They cater for the discerning tourist, and passer-by, looking for simple quality without having to pay an arm and a leg for the pleasure! How different from the so many other 'tourist' places that sometimes try to extract every cent!
The soups include the usual [chilled gazpacho or crab meat and corn] with the unusual [cheese corn soup with potato and bacon]. Appetisers include that Indonesian special, Otak-Otak, minced fish wrapped in a banana leaf. For value how about a Cheese, Chicken, Ham & Mushroom Omelette for Rp. 17,000+. Needless to say Spring Rolls are on the menu, and very good they are too! A good sized serve of small crisp rolls with sweet and sour on the side.
Burgers [chicken, beef or steak], Steaks [Chicken, Beef Black Pepper or Mexican and even a T-Bone] and Pastas [Spaghetti with Balsamic Beef, large slabs of marinated beef resting against a pile of perfect pasta] are also available. And all are at bargain prices. All the Satay dishes [chicken, pork, beef, shrimps or mixed] are served the traditional way over burning charcoal.
There is a Beef Stroganoff, a Pork Picata Milano [breaded pork with a wine and pineapple sauce, unusual] or a Glazed Pork with Grilled Pineapple [two medallions sit atop of thick slices of grilled pineapple]. The Poached Fish is with a white wine sauce and the Grilled Tuna with Balinese spices.
The Pizza selection includes a Febri's Special; Chicken, Bacon, Mushroom, Onions and Chilli on the usual tomato paste base topped with that stringy, tangy, mozzarella cheese.
Fish [large chunks of fresh tuna] is served Braised [with sweet and sour], Grilled [olive oil and colo-colo], Curried or in the English style; plain old Fish and Chips. Shrimps are sautéed in a chilli sauce. Prawns can be grilled with a garlic sauce.
Two of the standard favourites here are the Grilled Spare Ribs [glazed in soy] and the Beef Rendang, Sumatran style but not too spicy so you can enjoy the full serve if you wish. The Grilled Chicken comes with a Balinese sambal, not too fiery but still with plenty of taste.
If you are in the mood for a feast of Grilled seafood, and don?t want to get sand in your shoes, then try one of their special packages. All the seafood have been marinated then slowly grilled over charcoal. An example is a Rp. 135,000+ combination of Lobster [250 grm], Prawns [50 grm], Whole Snapper [400 grm] and Cuttlefish [250 grm]. This platter comes with a garlic sauce, Balinese condiments, chilli and your choice of rice or potato.
Being an all day coffee shop as well there is also a vast array of anytime snacks. Omelettes including a version of that Chinese favourite, Fu Yung Hay [chicken and pork omelette with chives in a sweet and sour sauce], Sandwiches, Burgers and Salads [ prawns with fruit and a honey lemon dressing]. There is also an array of Rice [Special Fried Rice with shrimps, meats and egg] and Noodle [Crispy Noodle, I Fu Mie, topped with shrimps, meats and egg] dishes.
If in the area and hungry early in the morning [anytime after 7.00 a.m.] drop in for their Monster Breakfast [just Rp.25,000+]. Eggs any which way or Omellete, Grilled Tomato, Sausage, Bacon [or Ham], Baked Beans [or Potatoes], Toast, Juice, Fruit and Tea [or Coffee]. You will not need a lunch after this breakfast!
Drinks and wines [limited to local only] are also very reasonably priced; Fresh Fruit Juices [around Rp.10,000+], Wines for Rp.22,000+ a glass, Imported Spirits for Rp.16-18,000+. And this is on the edge of Kuta.
The large kitchen is behind glass windows, well fitted out in stainless steel, immaculately clean and professional. Simple food, professionally presented in an unique friendly environment. Almost like dining with the family!