From chicken satay to tahu telor, rendang to nasi goreng, Indonesian cuisine has so much to offer. We show you where to go around town!
Not all Indonesian food is spicy, and not all Indonesian food is nasi padang. Sure, nasi padang is one of the best culinary exports to come out from the country, but the proud and mighty nation of Indonesia has so much to offer from various regions. From Bali to Sulawesi, we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in town to get your Indonesian food fix.
Indonesian restaurant, Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel Singapore manages to keep to its affordable signature menu of home-cooked Indonesian favourites – with an increased focus on sustainable dining. Big on sustainable dining, Rumah Rasa’s dishes use herbs and spices from itsown edible garden, making this the first Indonesian restaurant in Singapore to adopt the concept. Herbs and spices like kaffir lime, pandan leaves, galangal and chillies can be found in the garden, so you’re getting organically grown produce to enhance your flavours. They’ve recently introduced their range of jazzed-up Indomie (yep, the all-time Indonesian favourite) dishes which include beef stroganoff in lemak chili padi Indomie and crispy soft-shell crab in chili crab sauce Indomie. Yum.
Rumah Rasa, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828
Gurame Indonesian Restaurant
Sitting along Changi Coast Walk is this Halal Indonesian family-friendly resto that serves authentic Indonesian fare. Prepare for a burst of flavours as you try its signature Gurame goreng (deep fried fish), gulai kepala ikan (spicy, curry-like fish dish), tahu kipas (stuffed fried tofu) and udang gala sambal (spicy prawns). Enhance your dining experience with its fragrant chilli-sauce. Plus, it’s got both indoor and outdoor seating with a view of the ocean.
Gurame Indonesian Restaurant, 11 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499740.
If you want to experience how Indonesians celebrate, order the Nasi Tumpeng, an Indochili signature. It’s a magnificent cone–shaped yellow rice dish with various side dishes like rendang and fried chicken. There’s also a mini version if you wish to have it all for yourself, but Indonesian dishes are definitely better for sharing.
Indochili, two locations at Zion Road and Tanjong Pagar
A popular establishment if you want your fix of Indonesian cuisine – from Sulawesi to Jawa, Tambuah Mas is one of the oldest Indonesian restaurants in Singapore and is pretty well-known for its recommended dishes like tahu telor (fried tofu with egg), beef rendang, sop buntut (oxtail soup) and more. Don’t skip on dessert; we hear the chendol is really quite something.
Tambuah Mas, two locations at Paragon and Tanglin Mall
If you’re game for a big feast, gear up for the Indonesian buffet spread Kintamani is known for. Surrounded with rustic Indonesian décor, you might feel like you’re dining in Indonesia in the ’80s. Make a beeline for the gado-gado (a peanut sauce salad), sop buntut, sambal prawns and the assortment of kueh for dessert.
Kintamani, 405 Havelock Road, Furama Riverfront, Singapore 169633, p. 6739 6463
Pagi Sore started as a humble nasi padang store but has since expanded to three outlets in Singapore. A popular lunch spot for the CBD crowd, Pagi Sore offers satisfying meal packages, so you can get the most out of the Indonesian dishes they offer like tahu telor, fried fish with balado chilli, grilled chicken and more.
Pagi Sore, various locations including Telok Ayer and Tanjong Pagar.
Named after one of their specialty dishes (cumi is squid in Indonesian), it’s a no-brainer what dish is a must-try in the restaurant. The chargrilled squid is basked with a heady blend of bumbu (spices) and then grilled. Priding themselves on their unpretentious and authentic dishes, this family-friendly restaurant has been in the biz for more than 20 years.
Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant, 66 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088487, p.6220 6619
The Rice Table
Named after ‘Rijsttafel’, a phrase coined by the Dutch who colonised Indonesia, the story goes that early Dutch settlers took caution with trying out Indonesian food and ate the different dishes in small samples. Borrowing this concept, The Rice Table is where you can sample the best in the rich flavours of Indonesian cooking. Eat your way through 15 to20 dishes including sambal kangkung (water spinach in chilli), grilled chicken, potato patties, chicken satay, tahu telor and more. Come hungry!
The Rice Table, 360 Orchard Road, #02-09 International Building, Singapore 238869, p. 6835 3783
If you’re craving Balinese food, Bayang in Clarke Quay is the place to be. Balinese cuisine is known for its grilled meats and unique sauces, so hit up the menu for the duck, squid, and assorted satay. Skip the meat for the nasi goreng (fried rice) or the lunch set if you’re not feeling too indulgent.
Bayang Indonesian Restaurant, 3A River Valley Rd, #01-05, Singapore 179024