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16 Restaurants In Singapore Serving AUTHENTIC Indonesian Food

Get ready for the heat and flavour with these Indonesian restaurants.

Craving a spicy meal? Indonesian food will do the trick.

Comfort food is at the heart of Indonesian cuisine. Think rice (lots of rice!), fiery sambal, sweet kecap, fried meats and bouncy noodles. Indonesian food hits the spot every time. From Balinese, Javanese, Chinese Indonesian food and more – these restaurants in Singapore represent the diversity and deliciousness of Indonesian cuisine.

Here are 16 best Indonesian restaurants in Singapore. Selamat Makan!

1. Rumah Makan Minang

This heritage restaurant started in 1954 on Kandahar Street specialising Minangkabau, an ethnic group indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. Start off with vegetable plates like Sayur Lodeh ($3.60), a soup with vegetables in coconut milk. Then try speciality plates like Ikan Bakar Minang ($8.40), grilled fish in special Minang sauce, and the Nasi Padang ($12), which comes in a set with a choice of beef rendang, ayam gravy (chicken) or ikan belado (fish).

Rumah Makan Minang
Address: 18 & 18A Kandahar St., 198884 / 1 Tampines Ave. 4, #B1-47A, 528523
Tel: 6977 7064 / 6977 7065
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

2. Tambuah Mas

Sample a range of home-cooked Indonesian dishes from Padang, Sulawesi and Java at Tambuah Mas. The name loosely translates to “Add more [food], please” in Padang dialect. Try this speciality original family recipe dish, Tahu Telur, fried beancurd with eggs. Then, have a go with the Ikan Pepes, which is similar to otah-otah but made of pure seabass fillet. Finally, you can’t forget dessert such as Es Cendol, coconut milk and palm sugar with red beans and grass jelly.

Tambuah Mas
Address: 19 Tanglin Rd., #04-10/13, Tanglin Shopping Centre 247909 / 290 Orchard Rd., #B1-44, Paragon, 238859 / 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-110/111, Great World City, 237994
Tel: 6733 3333 / 6733 2220 / 6235 6713
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Thurs.); 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sun.)

3. Sari Ratu

If you were to ask Indonesian residents, Sari Ratu is definitely on their radar for authentic Indonesian food. This casual Padang style restaurant serves up traditional goodness, specialising in Ikan Pari, Sayur Sawi and Sayur Kailan. In true Indonesian fashion, order a bunch of small plates to share and have them sprawl out in front of you with some good company.

Sari Ratu
Address: 20 Pahang St., 198617 / 304 Orchard Rd., #02-107, Lucky Plaza, 238863
Tel: 6294 9983 / 6294 9983
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (daily)

4. Tok Tok Indonesian Restaurant

If you find yourself craving a warm and wholesome meal on a rainy day, stop by Tok Tok Indonesian Restaurant, where you can find Indonesian soup delights. These heart-warming dishes include Soto Ayam ($11.80), Javanese chicken soup with glass noodle spiced with garlic prawns powder, and Sop Buntut ($16.80), ox-tail soup from a heritage recipe. You can also find more heartier choices like Mie Goreng (from $9.80) and Rendang Bali ($11.80).

Tok Tok Indonesian Restaurant
Address: 467 Joo Chiat Rd., 427678  
Tel:  6908 3835
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (daily)

5. Cumi Bali

Bring the holiday back home with Cumi Bali. You have to try the signature dish that inspired the restaurant’s name, squid, or cumi. Savour the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of fresh squid marinated and lightly charred in delicious spiced goodness. Check out other dishes like Ikan Bakar, grilled fish smothered in 18 different spices, and Tauhu Telor, a special egg omelete. Lastly, the house-favourite Cendol is a must-try for a sweet ending.

Cumi Bali
Address: 50 Tras St., 078989
Tel: 9385 2116
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri); 12 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

6. Pagi Sore

A popular CBD spot amongst the working locals, Pagi Sore has served up hearty Indonesian meal packages to get a bang for your buck. For groups of 3 to 5, check out the set menu for $100+, wish dishes like Tahu Telor, Ikan Goreng Balado, Ayam Gulai and more. There’s even an ala carte buffet menu at $32 for adults and $18 for children. Plus, you get free flow rice, keropok (deep fried crackers) and sambal belachan (chilli)!

Pagi Sore
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

Buffet opening hours: 6 to 9:15 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:15 p.m. (Sat.)

7. Kintamani

You might want to make space with Kintamani’s insane buffet where you can get all your Indonesian favourites. On most weekdays, the buffet goes for $30.80 for lunch and $33.80 for dinner; whereas weekends are $33.80 for lunch and $38.80 for dinner. Get your fill on gado gado (vegetables in peanut sauce), sop buntut (oxtail soup), udang windu (tiger prawns) and more.

Tip: You can get a complimentary return buffet voucher for every adult purchase between 12 to 31 July 2021.

Address: 405 Havelock Rd., 169633
Tel: 6333 8898
Opening hours: 12 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m. (daily)

10. Ayam President

If you’re a fried chicken fan, Indonesian food has no shortage of it. Using fresh ingredients and quality chicken, you’ll find crispy on the outside, tender on the inside chicken smothered in fiery sambal belachan for heat lovers. This signature chicken is served with tofu, tempeh, crispy bits, and chilli for just $6.90! You can also find other bomb side dishes like Ikan Bilis (crispy anchovies) in green chilli ($3.50), and Cut Mango with chilli paste ($5.90). Mouth-watering food for great prices, what more can you ask for?

Ayam President
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

11. Nusantara

Tuck into authentic Nusantara cuisine that uses old-school techniques with no added MSG. There’s also a selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes which can be hard to come by in Indonesian cuisine. Plus, Nusantara is free from preservatives and uses less salt and sugar. Check out the rice bowl sets (from $11) with various meat choices like lamb, beef rendang, fish and chicken paired with fragrant blue rice that Indonesians love.

*Please note that Nusantara is temporarily closed for dine-in but is available for island-wide delivery

Address: 171 Telok Ayer St., 068621 / 182 Cecil St., #02-16/17, Frasers Tower, 069547 / 117 Killiney Rd., 239554
Tel: 9003 9510
Opening hours: 12 to 10 p.m. (daily)

12. Taliwang

Step into authentic Lombok cuisine hailing from the western coast of the island Sumbawa. Taliwang brings the famed Awam Taliwang to this little island ($14), and it’s worth a try with its marinated goodness. Plus, all of its sambal are home-made with no artificial preservatives, so expect quality and fresh chilli at every visit. You can also check out other delicacies like Sambal Tiger Prawn Petai ($22.50) for some heat and an acquainted smell if you know what petai is, or the addicting Bakwan Jagung ($9), deep fried corn fritters.

Address: 26 Kandahar St., 198888 
Tel: 6909 9776
Opening hours: 12 to 10 p.m. (daily)

13. Indochilli

For any special occasion, check out Indochilli signature Nasi Tumpeng. A beautiful tower of yellow rice with an assortment of sides around it, this is the Indonesian way to celebrate anything and everything. Try out other Indonesian food delights like Risoles ($6.80), bread crumbed croquettes, and Kentang Kacang ($5.80), potato chips with glazed peanuts. Plus, Indochilli has a range of buttery kueh lapis, a light and layered cake with various flavours like Durian, Plum, and Surabaya ($38 for medium, $105 for large).

Address: 54 Zion Rd., 247779 / 7 Wallich St., #B1-03, Guoco Tower, 078884
Tel: 6445 1766​ / 6386 6427
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Mon. to Thurs.); 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sun.) / 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (daily)

14. Kota88

Kota means “city” in Indonesian, a slang word for Chinatown in Jakarta. So get a load of the best Chinese Indonesian food in Singapore, a mix of Chinese dishes we all love mixed with Indonesian characteristics. The signature item would be Nasi Campur Babi ($12.88), a combination of pork rice platter of char siew, roast pork, pork satay, braised pig ear, siomay and clear soup. There’s a huge menu with amazing noodles, rice, meats and more that reflects the culture of Chinese Indonesians perfectly.

Address: 907 East Coast Rd., #01-02, 459107
Tel: 6242 2645
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

15. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut

Say hello to Indo favourite, Bebek Goreng, or fried duck. This humble eatery imports all its sauces directly from Indonesian, ensuring 100-percent authenticity in all its dishes. For Indonesians, this might cure some homesickness. Check out the Original Crispy Fried Duck Rice ($9.90) for that deep-fried duck goodness marinated in secret spices. Feeling extra hungry? You can get the whole duck, original or green chilli, for $35 enough for 4 to 5 people. Not enough duck? Have the crispy duck skin on the side for that added addicting crunch ($4.90).

Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut
Address: 304 Orchard Rd., #01-42, Lucky Plaza, 238863 / 3 Gateway Dr., #B1-1, Westgate, 608532
Tel:  6734 4787 / 6565 4787
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (daily)

16. The RiceTable Indonesian Restaurant

Think tapas and Indonesian food combined together. RiceTable is a term coined by the Dutch – “Rijsttafel”. The story goes that the Dutch colonisers approached Indonesian food with caution, and so sampled the food in small dishes rather than the typical large sharing plates. Sometimes, there would be a feast of more than 30 dishes. At RiceTable, you can sample the food the exact same way. Typically, you work your way up from milder dishes to fiery ones.

Try out around 15 to 20 dishes including Kangkong Belachan, Soto Ayam, Otak and more!

The RiceTable Indonesian Restaurant
Address: 360 Orchard Rd., #02-09/10, International Building, 238869
Tel: 6835 3782
Opening hours: 12 to 2:45 p.m. (daily); 6 to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)

Originally by Isabel Wibowo, July 2021

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