Best restaurants in Kalimantan

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Balikpapan

    Ocean's Resto

    Fresh fish and crustaceans (the menu is a book in itself) are the standout here, but there's also steaks, burgers, pizzas, Indian and Indonesian dishes, all served in a fine open-air or indoor waterfront space. Ocean's anchors a row of cafes along the waterfront and is (deservedly) the most popular. Most fish and seafood is priced by weight. If the dining area is full, pull up a stool at the bar.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pontianak

    Abang Kepiting

    Buckets of iced fish, stingray, squid and prawns out front are begging to be steamed, fried or grilled to your liking. Treat yourself to an experience and dive into a pile of smoked crabs: a full-body, all-evening affair. Come early as it's extremely popular. Prices (by weight) vary enormously depending on the type of fish and the day's catch.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Balikpapan

    Warung Soto Kuin Abduh

    Soto Banjar (chicken soup seasoned with a delicate blend of spices, including cinnamon) is naturally the dish of choice at this popular little warung, but you can also try sate chicken and nasi sop (soup with rice). You may have to wait for a seat or share a table. It's about 1km north of Jl Jenderal Sudirman.

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    Chai Kue Siam A-Hin

    Pork or veggies, steamed or fried – whichever you desire, you'll be waiting your turn among the mob of locals jockeying for a table or takeaway. Other Chinese dishes on offer.

  • Restaurants in Balikpapan

    Open House

    Balikpapan's most romantic place to blow your last rupiah on a date is defined by architecturally dizzying spaces atop a prominent hill. Reserve your puncak (summit) table for two at the top of the spiral staircase. The above-average food blends Mediterranean, international and Indian menus, from Australian lamb chops to chicken biryani; bring your own wine.

  • Restaurants in Pontianak

    Kapuas Riverside Restaurant

    The overwater restaurant at the Grand Kartika has one of the best outlooks in the city. Watch the ferries cross Sungai Kapuas over a cold beer, or explore the reasonably priced menu of Western and Indonesian dishes, including crab and salted-fish fried rice, local river carp and spaghetti bolognese.

  • Restaurants in Balikpapan

    Bondy

    Dine among sculpted bonsai trees and thriving flowers in a tranquil tiered courtyard at this eclectic eatery in the heart of the city. Popular with locals and expats, partly for its Western delights (burgers and hot dogs, Aussie steaks from 100,000Rp) but mostly for its extensive homemade ice-cream menu (banana split 35,000Rp).

  • Restaurants in Pontianak

    Canopy Center Cafe

    This bright, architect-designed cafe and work space combines great single-origin coffee with Indonesian and Western snacks from French fries to Balinese chicken. With a hostel upstairs, it's a great place to open (or close) your laptop and meet other travellers.

  • Restaurants in West Kalimantan

    Rumah Makan Dua Putri

    Specialising in Melayu dishes (similar to nasi Padang) where you choose from an array of prepared dishes, unassuming Dua Putri, just below the bridge, is the best in town. Excellent fresh juices, too.

  • Restaurants in Balikpapan

    Holland Bakery

    It's hard to miss this landmark corner bakery with the neon windmill on the roof. Excellent fresh bread, pastries and cakes.

  • Restaurants in Balikpapan

    Jimbaran

    Billowing white curtains and a great beachfront location beckon you to this open-air Balinese-style restaurant. Locals swear by the ayam taliwang, a fried-grilled chicken from Lombok, but like other places on Kemala Beach it's overpriced and not that high on quality. Come for the atmosphere: cold beer and live music three times a week.

  • Restaurants in Pontianak

    Mie Tiau Polo

    Not to be confused with Apollo to the left, the sign on which proudly states, 'Since 1968. Never moved.' Polo's sign retorts simply, 'Moved from next door'. The dispute is as legendary as the noodles they serve. Draw your own conclusions about which is the best…or oldest.

  • Restaurants in Pontianak

    D'Grill

    D'Grill is a cosy little Korean-barbecue-style place with inviting alfresco cabanas at the side. Choose from beef, chicken, fish or shrimp and barbecue with a variety of spices, or try the regular menu of rice, noodles and udang goreng (fried prawns).

  • Restaurants in South Kalimantan

    Warung Ketupat Kandangan

    This open-fronted roadside warung is a great place to try the local speciality, ketupat Kandangan (sticky rice cakes served with coconut milk and broiled river fish). It's about 2km north of the centre – local drivers know it.

  • Restaurants in West Kalimantan

    Cafe Amanda

    This alfresco cafe occupies the riverside park near the bridge, making it a uniquely popular place to hang out with crowds of locals in the evenings. The menu is Indonesian staples such as nasi goreng, along with juices, shakes and coffee.

  • Restaurants in West Kalimantan

    Rumah Makan Bang Adit

    A good place to try local seafood, this busy restautrant near the mosque serves up grilled catfish, udang goreng (fried prawns) and squid, as well as 'village chicken'.

  • Restaurants in South Kalimantan

    Sate Abadi

    Chicken sate is the thing here, with skewers smoking away on the brazier, but the gado gado and soto ayam (chicken soup) are also winners.

  • Restaurants in West Kalimantan

    Depot Satay Selamat

    One of several good evening sate joints south of the market, Depot is a local favourite.

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    Etam Fried Chicken

    The local recommendation for tasty fried (and more) chicken, 2km south of the museum.

  • Restaurants in West Kalimantan

    Pondok Meranti

    A big, blue, open warehouse full of wooden tables where a limited menu of Indonesian staples, drinks and juices is served. Try the 'extra jos susu' for an afternoon jolt of tachycardia.