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 nasi padang. Sure, it 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.
The best Indonesian restaurants in Singapore
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House
There’s more to Indo food than just grilled meats and spicy plates. Get acquainted with sleeper hits like soto ayam (Javanese chicken soup), soto madura (Madurese beef soup), soto betawi (Jakarta-style beef soup) and mie ayam jamur (chicken and mushroom noodles) at Tok Tok. For carb loyalists, you can have your fill of rice dishes like nasi kuning and nasi campur Bali, which features Balinese-style beef rendang.
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House, multiple locations including Ann Siang Road and Paya Lebar
Gurame Indonesian Restaurant
Sitting along Changi Coast Walk is this 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 (claypot fish head curry), tahu kipas (stuffed fried tofu) and udang sambal (spicy prawns). Enhance your dining experience with its fragrant chilli-sauce. Plus, it’s got outdoor seats overlooking the sea.
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 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, multiple locations including Zion Road and Tanjong Pagar
A popular establishment if you want your fix of Indonesian cuisine, from Sulawesi to Java to Padang. One of the oldest Indonesian restaurants in Singapore, Tambuah Mas is 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 Tanglin Shopping Centre
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 gado-gado (a peanut sauce salad), sop buntut, sambal prawns and beyond. As for desserts, there’s an assortment of kuehs that will delight any sugar fiends.
Kintamani, Furama Riverfront, 405 Havelock Road, Singapore 169633
Named after one of their specialty dishes (cumi is squid in Indonesian), 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. 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
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, ikan asam pedas (fish in tangy asam sauce), ayam goreng Java (Javanese-style fried chicken) and more.
Pagi Sore, multiple locations including Telok Ayer and Far East Square
The RiceTable Indonesian Restaurant
Named after the dutch phrase, ‘Rijsttafel’, the story goes that early Dutch settlers took caution when trying out Indonesian food and ate the different dishes in small samples. Borrowing this concept, The Rice Table is where you can sample multiple rich flavours from the best of Indonesian cooking. Eat your way through 15 to 20 dishes including kang kong belachan, grilled chicken, potato patties, chicken satay, tahu telor and more. Come hungry!
The RiceTable Indonesian Restaurant, #02-09, International Building, 360 Orchard Road, Singapore 238869
If you’re craving Balinese food, Bayang at 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 fish, squid, chicken and assorted satay. Or, skip the meat for carb-y dishes like nasi goreng and fried noodles.
Bayang, #01-05, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179024