It’s more than just Ayam Penyet. Try one of these places to get your fix of yummy Indonesian cuisine! By Sharifah Nursyafiqah
There is definitely no shortage of awesome food places in Singapore from all over the world. The most common cuisines include Japanese, Korean, or Indian fare. However, did you know that there is a slew of great Indonesian offerings right here as well? If this haze is preventing you from travelling to Indonesia anytime soon, you can still get your fix of this incredible cuisine while in Singapore!
1. Blue Bali on Cluny
1D Cluny Rd, 259600
Go here for … The most authentic Balinese setting
Hidden right in the back of the NUS Law campus in Bukit Timah is a restaurant so beautifully designed, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Bali. Set against the lush greenery of the Botanic Gardens, and housed in colonial-style buildings, Blue Bali on Cluny feels like a retreat, and is a definite treat for your tastebuds too! You have to try their signature Blue Bali Crispy Roasted Chicken ($25), and have a go at dining on the low seats in the private outdoor veranda for a more intimate dinner setting.
2. The Rice Table
360 Orchard Road
#02-09/10 International Building
Go here for … Gatherings with large groups
Want to try an all-you-can-eat buffet, without leaving your seat? The Rice Table is one of the rare places in Singapore where you can dine rijsttafel-style (Dutch for “rice table”). This is a buffet that gets served right to your table, perfect for sharing with a group of friends! The All-You-Can-Eat Lunch set is $17.90 per person, while the Dinner set is $28.50 each (includes five additional dishes). Once seated, you will be served all items in the set menu, unless you request otherwise, and can later order as many additional servings of your preferred dishes as you want.
3. Rumah Makan Minang Indonesian Restaurant
18 Kandahar St, 198884
Go here for … Authentic Minangkabau food
If you are a fan of Nasi Padang, you will love this place. The Minangkabau people come from West Sumatra, the capital of which being Padang – hence the origin of the Nasi Padang we find in Singapore today. In fact, did you know that the quintessential Malay dish, beef rendang, actually originated from Padang? It’s no surprise then that Rumah Makan Minang has one of the best beef rendang around. Its authentic recipe is by Hajjah Rosemah, the founder of this stall, who migrated from Minangkabau to Singapore in the 1940’s. Definitely a must-try!
4. Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant
405 Havelock Road, Furama Riverfront, 169633
Go here for … The amazing Nasi Padang buffet
Located in Furama Riverfront Hotel, Kintamani has an incredibly cosy ambience – all the better to stuff yourselves silly on the buffet! Enjoy traditional-style Indonesian fare prepared by Chef I Gusti Nyoman Kaler, as well as the lovely fusion Indonesian cuisine from Chef Noldy Herling Bawiling. The buffet lunch goes for $50++, while the dinner option is $55++.
5. Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant
66 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088487
Go here for … Incredible Sate Madura
The humble satay alone is worth the trip to this Indonesian restaurant. Sate Madura ($7) is a chicken satay marinated to perfection in a rich blend of spices, and grilled well till it is smokey and tender. It is no wonder that this restaurant has stood the test of time – its signature offerings have drawn regulars and new customers for over twenty years.
6. Tambuah Mas Indonesian Restaurant
Tanglin Shopping Centre
19 Tanglin Road
Go here for … The best tahu telor in town
How good can a dish of cubed beancurd, fried in crispy egg, be? Mindblowingly so, judging by the reviews of this dish from Tambuah Mas! It is rare that a side dish like Tahu Telor ($8) can be the star of a menu, but you have to taste this to believe it. You also have to try the Kepala Ikan Istimewa ($22.90), a flavourful dish of fish head simmered in spicy and tangy assam gravy.