Indonesian food is not just nasi padang. Sure, it’s one of the best dishes to come out of the region, but with 17,508 islands and over 300 ethnic groups, Indonesia has so much more to offer. From Bali to Sulawesi, we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Singapore to get your Indonesian food fix.
At IndoChili, you’ll be served dishes from traditional Indonesian recipes. Satay is something we’re all familiar with, but the Sate Ayam Madura is a chicken skewer that’s a little different from what we know. A heritage dish from Madura, this charcoal-grilled skewer is glazed with a sweet soy sauce that creates a wonderful contrast to the savoury meat. Other dishes include the Sop Buntut, a hearty, thick oxtail soup that’s sure to warm you up on chilly days.
Address: 54 Zion Rd, Singapore 247779
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5–9:30 PM Mon to Thurs, 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5–10 PM Fri, 11:30 AM–10 PM Sat & Sun
One of Singapore’s oldest Indonesian restaurants, Tambuah Mas Indonesian Restaurant has been serving plates of Indonesian fare from Sulawesi to Java to Padang since 1981. Many are loyal fans of their Tahu Telur, a tower of egg-battered beancurd that’s deep-fried and served with sweet-spicy dark sauce.
Address: Multiple outlets
Tucked away in Lucky Plaza and Westgate is Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut. As its name suggests, they specialize in bebek goreng or fried duck. If you’re health-conscious they also have Sangan Crispy Fried Duck on the menu which is pan-fried without oil. And if you prefer chicken, the Ayam Penyet Original is made with their own signature spice blend. To complete your meal, take your pick from a variety of soups and side dishes!
Address: Multiple outlets
Craving for food from Lombok? Head on to Taliwang Restaurant. They specialize in grilled dishes, and some of their scrumptious go-to options include Udang Balado, Ayam Bakar Taliwang and Ikan Bakar Taliwang. If that’s not enough for your tummy or taste buds, then try out their Satay Rembiga which is made with Australian grass-fed tenderloin and marinated in Indonesian spices!
Address: 26 Kandahar St, Singapore 198888
Named after one of their specialty dishes (cumi is squid in Indonesian), it’s pretty obvious that the squid is a must-try at this restaurant. The Cumi Bali is marinated with a heady blend of bumbu (spices) and then grilled. Priding themselves on their unpretentious and authentic food, this family-friendly restaurant has been around for over 30 years!
Address: 50 Tras St, Singapore 078989
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 6–9:30 PM daily
Situated within Furama Riverfront, find unassuming plates of Indonesian and Balinese classics like the Gulai Tunjang (beef curry), Gado-Gado (various vegetables in peanut sauce) and Mee Bakso, among a whole range of dishes at Kintamani. The best part? Prices here are extremely reasonable — the all-you-can-eat buffet experience starts at just S$38++ per person!
Address: 405 Havelock Rd, Level 3 Furama RiverFront, Singapore 169633
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 PM, 6–10:30 PM daily
Founded in 1948, Warong Nasi Pariaman is one of the longest-surviving nasi padang stalls here in Singapore. Here you can get a casual and affordable Indonesian meal with a range of dishes including Ayam Opor, Begedil, and the popular Ikan Bakar drizzled with lime and a dash of Sambal Belado. Don’t be surprised to see a queue during lunchtime, so try to come a little earlier before your favourite dishes are sold out!
Address: 738 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198706
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM–3 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Ayam Penyet Ria was one of the first to bring the ayam penyet trend to Singapore. The chickens here are broiled with a special blend of herbs and spices every morning, before being fried to crispy golden perfection. Love your meat with some spice? Pair it with their house-made Sambal Terasi. And if you’re not the biggest fan of chicken, the Ikan Bawal Penyet (smashed fried pomfret) is a great option too.
Address: Multiple outlets
A modern Indonesian dining concept inspired by the street hawkers in Jakarta, Five Foot Lane brings to you an extensive variety of Indonesian dishes from Beef Rendang to Grilled Pork Satay. Paired with draft beers or wine, it is the perfect venue to unwind after work. Try the Signature Beef Rendang Burger that’s served in a brioche bun with a side of shoestring fries, or Grilled Chicken Bumbu Padang for something more traditional!
Address: 107 North Bridge Road, Mall, b2-18 Funan, Singapore 179105
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–8:30 PM Mon to Fri, 12–9 PM Sat & Sun
Now helmed by its second-generation chef-owner, Pagi Sore serves up the best flavours of Indonesian cuisine, presented through its 30-year-old heritage recipes. Signatures here include the Ayam Gulai, a Padang-style chicken curry, Ikan Goreng Balado, deep-fried sea bass topped with a zingy sambal balado, and the seasonal Petai Udang Pedas, where prawns are stir-fried with sambal and petai beans.
Address: 88 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048470
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM Mon, 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5:30–9 PM Tues to Sun
Located in the heart of Bali Lane, KULON offers an assortment of Indonesian comfort food with a focus on Bakmi, an Indonesian dry noodles dish. Helmed by a mother-son duo who hails from Java, the Bakmi Komplit is served with all the trimmings and comes highly recommended. The Bakmi Crispy comes with a whole fried chicken thigh and is also a crowd favourite. If you’re in the mood for something soupy, they also have Mie Bakso!
Address: 30 Bali Ln, Singapore 189866
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–3:30 PM, 5:30–9:30 PM Tues to Fri, 11:30 AM–9:30 PM Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon
For some great nasi padang, pay a visit to Warung M. Nasir. Must-tries include the Sayur Lodeh, Beef Rendang, Sambal Goreng, Ikan Assam Pedas, and Bergedil. While it costs more than regular Malay rice, it’s worth it for the quality food and its central location that’s right at the edge of Orchard Road!
Address: 69 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239526
Opening Hours: 10 AM–9:30 PM daily
Gather your crew and head to Bumbu, an antique-themed restaurant dishing out quality Thai-Indonesian food served family-style. Tuck into dishes such as Beef Rendang and Buah Keluak Chicken as well as Green Curry and Tom Yum Soup, alongside some Belachan Fried Rice for carbs!
Address: 44 Kandahar St, Singapore 198897
Opening Hours: 11 AM–3 PM, 6–10 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Bara Food is famous for its grilled dishes and Nasi Bakar. They come in sets with grilled rice, Melinjo crackers, house-made twin sambals, fried tofu, tempeh, and ayam goreng serunding. You can also change your protein to something else, with options ranging from kemangi to ayam bakar, sate lilit and bawal bumbu Bali!
Address: Multiple outlets
Tuck into Indonesian vegetarian fare at Warung Ijo. Try crowd favourites like the Nasi Padang, Rendang Fried Rice, and Bakmi Ayam. If you’re here with friends, then get some dishes to share such as the Gulai Fish, Sambal King, and Ayam Penyet. Even though they’re completely meat-free, they will make meat lovers salivate too!
Address: 601 MacPherson Rd, #01-61 Grantral Mall Tai Seng, Singapore 368242
Opening Hours: 11 AM–3 PM, 5–9 PM Tues to Fri, 11 AM–3:30 PM, 4:30–9 PM Sat & Sun. Closed Mon
What was once a canteen in the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore is now Pondok Jawa Timur, a full-fledged restaurant in Far East Plaza specialising in East Sumatran dishes. Popular dishes include Bakwan Jagung (fried corn fritters with prawn), Gulai Kepala Ikan (red snapper curry), Ayam Penyet and Sambal Goreng Kentang Kering (sambal with fried tempeh and potato chips).
Address: 14 Scotts Rd, #05-22/23 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 11 AM–8 PM Mon to Thurs, 11 AM–9 PM Fri to Sun
This heritage restaurant on Kandahar Street dates back to 1954 and specialises in Minangkabau cuisine, also known as Padang cuisine. The Beef Rendang here is a highlight here with the beef cooked with coconut milk and spices over a slow charcoal fire. Other wonderful dishes to try include the Ayam Belado Hijau, Sayur Lodeh and Tahu Telur! If you have an upcoming event, the restaurant also does event catering.
Address: 18 Kandahar St
Opening Hours: 9 AM–7 PM daily
Our hawker centres have some of the best food, and Gerai Nenek Obek in Geylang Serai Market has some of the best Nasi Rawon, Nasi Jenganan and Nasi Ambeng in town – all made with a special family recipe that’s been passed down through generations. The Nasi Rawon here is served with beef gravy, tempe, sambal sotong, paru, begedil, serunding and sambal belacan.
Address: 1 Geylang Serai, #02-136, Singapore 402001
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM–3 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Gading Street Food claims to deliver the most authentic Martabak in Singapore by using authentic ingredients from Indonesia. They’re similar to our local min jiang kueh, and different from the Indian martabak in they are sweet instead of savoury. Find over 10 Martabak flavours here on their menu, ranging from Red Velvet to Matcha, Pandan Kaya and Kit Kat!
Address: 313 Orchard Rd, B3-10A, 313@Somerset 238895
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9 PM daily
A concept by Ayam Penyet Ria, Wayang used to be a virtual business but has since opened their first physical location in Funan Mall. The focus here is on rice-based dishes, and you can choose between three different types of rice (White, Yellow, Lime Rice) and sambal, along with a wide selection of 17 different proteins. This includes the likes of grilled tiger prawns, beef balls, grilled duck and fried dory.
Address: 107 North Bridge Rd, B2-K07, Singapore 179105
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9 PM Mon to Fri, 11 AM–9:30 PM Sat & Sun