From chicken satay to tahu telor, rendang to nasi goreng, Indonesian cuisine has so much to offer. Here are Indonesian restaurants in Singapore to hit up!
Not all Indonesian food is nasi padang. Sure, it’s one of the best culinary exports to come out of the country. But the proud and mighty nation of Indonesia has so much to offer from various regions. The best part is you don’t need to take a quick getaway to get your Indonesian food fix. From Bali to Sulawesi, we’ve rounded up some of the best Indonesian restaurants in Singapore.
The best Indonesian restaurants in Singapore
1. Five Foot Lane
Inspired by the street hawkers in Jakarta, you can expect a variety of Indonesian dishes at Five Foot Lane. It’s a little hard to spot within Funan, but walk around the rock climbing pillars and you’ll find it. The pomfret fish comes either grilled or fried and is served with rice. Go for classics like ayam penyet or get a steaming bowl of bakso served with your choice of vermicelli or yellow noodles.
Five Foot Lane, B2-18, Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
Started by a mother and son from Java, the duo say they owe their rich culinary roots to Indonesia. In that spirit, it only made sense to start a restaurant of their own. Now the cult following has grown thanks to the delicious bowls of bakmi served here. It’s a dry noodle dish topped with savoury minced meat. While Kulon keeps true to heritage recipes, expect innovative twists to the menu.
Kulon, 30 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866
3. Warung M. Nasir
If you’re someone that loves being able to pick multiple dishes, head to this nasi padang spot. Must-tries include the sayur lodeh, sambal goreng, ikan assam pedas, and bergedil. It’s a little more expensive than regular Malay rice, but for its location and food, we swear it’s worth it.
Warung M. Nasir, 69 Killiney Road, Singapore 239526
4. Taliwang Restaurant
Named after a place in Lombok, Indonesia, Taliwang Restaurant serves authentic Lombok cuisine. The cosy space is inviting and speaks of warm Indonesian hospitality. Be ready for flavours that transport you into a whole new world. The bebek goreng sambal ijo is like an Indonesian version of duck confit. The marinated duck thigh is fried to crispy perfection and served with homemade sambal hijau. Delish!
Taliwang Restaurant, 26 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198888
When we’re craving an Indonesian meal in Funan, our go-to is to head to Wayang. The brand used to operate virtually with only delivery options, but we’re more than happy to welcome its physical location. This halal-certified resto serves up marinated and fried meats on rice. Pick from white rice, yellow rice, or lime rice to go with sides like fried fish and grilled chicken. Spice it up with the belacan chilli or the Balinese chilli for a traditional kick.
Wayang, B2-K07, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
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. Think ayam bumbu rujak (chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce) and bergedil (fried potato patty). There are also other fan favourites like seafood nasi goreng, tahu telor and tempe petai (tempeh sauteed with stinky beans).
Indochili, 54 Zion Road, Singapore 247779
7. Tambuah Mas
A popular establishment if you want your fix of Indonesian cuisine, from Sulawesi to Java to Padang. Tambuah Mas of the oldest Indonesian restaurants in Singapore. It’s pretty well-known for dishes such as 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, multiple locations including Paragon and Great World City
If you’re game for a big feast, gear up for the Indonesian buffet spread Kintamani is known for. Surrounded by rustic Indonesian decor, you might feel like you’re dining in Indonesia in the 80s. Tuck into an array of dishes like sop buntut, ayam penyet, sayur lodah and beyond. As for desserts, there’s an assortment of kuehs that will delight any sugar fiends.
Kintamani, Level 3, Furama Riverfront, 405 Havelock Road, Singapore 169633
9. Cumi Bali
Named after one of their specialty dishes, it’s a no-brainer that the titular dish is a must-try in the restaurant. The chargrilled squid is basked with a heady blend of bumbu (spices) and then grilled. This family-friendly restaurant has been in the biz for more than 20 years and prides itself on its unpretentious dishes.
Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant, 50 Tras Street, Singapore 078989
10. Pagi Sore
A popular lunch spot for the CBD crowd, Pagi Sore offers satisfying meal packages in the bustling hub of Telok Ayer. So you can get the most out of the Indonesian dishes they offer like tahu telor, ikan asam pedas (fish in tangy asam sauce), ayam goreng Java (Javanese-style fried chicken) and more.
Pagi Sore, 88 Telok Ayer, Singapore 048470
11. Warung Ijo
If you’re vegetarian and craving a good ol’ Indonesian meal, Warung Ijo will satisfy both of those needs. This spot serves up delightful meat-free Indonesian dishes that are allium- and alcohol-free. The rendang fried rice is a popular dish, and for good reason. A lion’s mane mushroom is substituted for the meat in the rendang, and soaks up all the delicious gravy. You can even choose your spice level if you need an added kick!
Warung Ijo, 337 Beach Road, Singapore 199565
Now satisfy those cravings at these Indonesian restaurants in Singapore!