Kampung Batik Kampung Laut

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Tak lama setelah memasuki kamar bernomor 523 di The Azana Hotel Airport, aku bergegas memasuki kamar mandi, kemudian keluar dengan pakaian santai. Dari raut muka, aku tahu pak Muchlis sudah dilanda kelaparan. Karenanya sedari tadi, dia terus mengemil kacang tanah kemasan yang dibawanya dari tempat rehearsal.

Ayo pak, kita jalan, cari makan!”, sahutku sembari mempersiapkan Canon EOS M10.

Makan kemana kita, mas Donny?”, dia pun nampak belum punya pilihan.

Mau gak pak ke Kampung Laut? Makan seafood yuk!”, ajakku kepadanya. Diam-diam, aku sudah menemukan restoran ini melalui browsing semenjak meninggalkan bandara tadi sore.

Jauh ga, mas Donny?”, tanyanya. Mungkin dia enggan karena setahuku passion dia tak jauh-jauh dari naik gunung, melakukan eksplorasi kota membuatnya tersambar malas duluan.

Engga pak, cuma enam kilometer kok, paling seperempat jam, pak yuk kita cabut! Keburu kemalaman.“, sahutku.

Aku manut ae lah, Mas Donny. Aku sing pesen Grab, yo!”, ayuk lah berangkat.

Tak lama, Honda Jazz hitam menjemput di lobby, kami pun meluncur ke daerah Tawangsari. Yang kufahami, ini adalah jalur yang sama persis ketika aku meninggalkan Ahmad Yani International Airport menuju The Azana Hotel Airport. Kami melewati Jalan Yos Sudarso lalu berbelok ke kiri mengikuti Jalan Puri Anjasmoro ke arah bandara. Hanya saja kami akan berhenti sekitar dua kilometer sebelum benar-benar tiba di bandara.

Sampailah kami di Restoran Kampung Laut.

Bersama Pak Muchlis di Kampung Laut.

Begitu sampai di tujuan, aku menjadi lupa lapar. Pemandangan seisi restoran membuat hasrat eksplorasiku kambuh. Aku minta Pak Muchlis untuk mencari bangku, kulihat sejenak menu di sebuah meja, kemudian aku minta dipesankan nasi putih, cumi asam manis dan es kelapa muda.

Aku keliling bentar ya pak, nanti kabari aku duduk dimananya ya!”, pintaku sedikit bergegas.

Aku duduk di tengah situ aja ya mas, tak tunggu!”, dia menunjuk meja kecil di ruang terbuka di sisi barat saung utama.

Baik pak”, aku menutup percakapan cepat kami.

Aku meninggalkannya untuk menelusuri beberapa spot di restoran yang didesain mengapung diatas danau buatan itu. Aku mulai memasuki bagian pertamanya yang berwujud delapan saung utama, empat di sisi kiri dan sisanya di sisi kanan. Meja-meja memanjang dengan puluhan kursi nampak disusun di bawah saung-saung itu, sebagai tanda bahwa saung tersebut digunakan untuk melayani pengunjung dalam jumlah banyak. Tampaknya pak Muchlis sudah tepat memilih bangku kecil di pelataran luar.

Jajaran saung dengan kolam di hadapannya.
Meja makan panjang di dalam saung….Cocok untuk makan bersama sekantor.

Sementara di bagian ujung barat, tampak anjungan panjang menuju ke sebuah nameboard “Kampung Laut” yang sengaja didesain untuk tempat berfoto para pengunjung seusai makan. Konsep yang menarik anak-anak muda untuk berkunjung ke sini.

Spot foto terbaik di Kampung Laut.

Tak lama kemudian, aku segera bergabung dengan Pak Muchlis untuk bersantap malam setelah dia mengirimkan pesan singkat “Makanan sudah siap, mas Donny. Ayo kesini!”.

Yuk mari, makan duyuuu….

Meja makan outdoor.
Menu kami: Kangkung, cumi, ikan, es kelapa muda dan jus alpukat….Standard….Hahahaha.

Seusai makan, aku berbincang perihal rehearsal siang tadi yang dilakukan Pak Muchlis tanpa bantuanku. Apakah ada yang kurang, apa yang bisa dipersiapkan lagi sebelum pelatihan esok hari. “Wes beres kabeh mas Donny, ndak perlu khawatir. Yang penting besok kita datang setengah jam sebelum acara yo!”, ucapnya singakat dan meyakinkan.

Sebelum menutup makan malam di Restoran Kampung Laut, kami berdiri di depan stage mungil dan menikmati beberapa lagu yang dibawakan oleh seorang biduan cantik. Wah kalau ada waktu banyak, pasti aku ikut nyayi tuh bersamanya, sayang dia sedang menyanyikan beberapa lagu request dari pengunjung restoran.

Lagu apa ya enaknya kalau duet sama si mbak…..”Yellow” atau “Tiwas Tresno”.

Tepat pukul 21:30, kami undur diri dan segera menuju ke hotel untuk beristirahat. Dengan sigap Pak Muchlis mendatangkan taksi online berwujud Wuling Confero berwarna putih. Inilah pertama kalinya aku merasakan sensasi menunggang kuda besi buatan Tiongkok itu. Hmmhhh….Cukup lega. “Ini pakai mesin Chevrolet lho mas”, ungkap si pengemudi membanggakan mobilnya. Woow…..Kalau mendengar kata “Chevrolet”, bayangan pertama yang muncul di pikirankau adalah si kuning “Bumblebee”.

Eittt  lupa, sebelum benar-benar meninggalkan restoran, buat kamu yang ingin berbelanja batik, disediakan gerai “Kampung Batik” yang menjual batik khas Semarang.

Buat penggemar batik….Silahkan mampir.

Saatnya tidur dan mimpi indah, kawan…….

Kampung Laut’s Kampung Batik

Shortly after entering room number 523 at The Azana Hotel Airport, I rushed into bathroom, then came out with wearing casual clothes. From his face, I knew that Mr. Muchlis was starving. Because of this, he has been snacking on packaged peanuts which he brought from the rehearsal place.

Come on sir, let’s go, looking for dinner!“, I said while preparing Canon EOS M10.

Where are we going to have dinner, Donny?“, He also seemed to didn’t have choice.

Do you want to go to Kampung Laut or not? Let’s eat seafood!”, I asked him. Secretly, I’ve found this restaurant through browsing since leaving the airport this afternoon.

Is it far, Donny?“, He asked. Maybe he was reluctant because as far as I know his passion is not far from climbing mountains, doing city exploration made him was grabbed by laziness.

No sir, it’s only six kilometers, at most a quarter of an hour, sir, let’s go! Before too late.“, I said.

I agree, Donny. I will order a online taxi”, Let’s go.

Soon, a black Honda Jazz picked up us at the lobby, we drove to Tawangsari area. I understand that this was same route when I left Ahmad Yani International Airport to The Azana Hotel Airport. We passed Yos Sudarso Street then turned left and following Puri Anjasmoro Street towards the airport. It was just that we will stop about two kilometers before actually arriving at the airport.

We arrived at Kampung Laut Restaurant.

Together with Mr. Muchlis in Kampung Laut.

Once arrived at our destination, I forgot to be hungry. Sight of whole restaurant made my exploration desire relapse. I asked Mr. Muchlis to find a seat, I briefly looked at the menu at a table, then I asked him to order white rice, sweet and sour squid and young coconut ice for my dishes.

I’ll walk around for a while, Sir, let me know where we will sit!“, I hurriedly asked.

I’ll sit in the middle, there Donny, I’ll wait!“, He pointed to a small table in open space on west side of main hut.

Yes Sir“, I closed our quick conversation.

I left him to explore some spots in restaurant which is designed to float on artificial lake. I started to enter the first part which was eight main huts, four on left and the rest on right. Elongated tables with dozens of chairs were arranged under huts, as a sign that that huts are used to serve large numbers of visitors. It seemed that Mr. Muchlis was right to chose a small table in outer court.

A row of huts with a pond in front of it.
Long dining table in the hut….Perfect for eating together with all office-mate.

Meanwhile, at western end, there is a long platform leading to a “Kampung Laut” nameboard which is designed to be a spot to take pictures for visitors after eating. The concept which attracts young people to visit here.

The best photo spot in Kampung Laut.

Not long after, I immediately joined with Mr. Muchlis for dinner after he sent a short message “Foods are ready, Donny. Come here!“.

Come on, dinner….

Outdoor dining table.
Our menu: water spinach, squids, fishes, coconut ice and avocado juice….It was simple menu… .Hahahaha.

After eating, I talked about rehearsal this afternoon which Mr. Muchlis did without my help. Were there anything missing?, what can be prepared again before tomorrow’s training?. “All were done, Donny, you don’t need to worry. The important thing is tomorrow we come half an hour before the event start, Okay! “, He concisely and convincingly said .

Before closing our dinner at Kampung Laut Restaurant, we stood in front of a small stage and enjoyed several songs which sung by a beautiful singer. Wow, if there were a lot of time, I would definitely sing with her. But seemed, She was singing a few requested songs from restaurant guests.

What was the best song if I had a duet with her?… .”Yellow” or “Tiwas Tresno”.

At exactly 21:30 hours, we withdrew and immediately headed to hotel to rest. Mr. Muchlis swiftly brought in an online taxi with Wuling Confero brand. This was first time for me to feel sensation of riding a China car.
Hmmhhh….It was quite relieved. “This uses a Chevrolet engine, for your information, Sir“, said the driver, proud to his car. Woow….When I hear a “Chevrolet” word, the first image which comes to my mind is the yellow “Bumblebee”.

Eittt I forgot, before actually leaving the restaurant, for you who wanted to shop for “Batik (Javanese clothes)“, there was a “Kampung Batik” outlet that sells Semarang typical batik.

For Batik fans…. Please stop by.

Time for sleeping and got a sweet dream, my friend …….