Kalimantan

Restaurants

Top ChoiceSeafood 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....

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Palangka Raya

Rumah Tjilik Riwut

This lovely garden restaurant-gallery in a traditional house specialises in local Dayak cuisine such as juhu umbut ikan baung (fish cooked in coconut milk and young rattan shoots), as well as having a broad menu...

Top ChoiceSeafood 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,...

Top ChoiceIndonesian 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...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Loksado

Waroeng Gerloks

It's worth the walk uphill to this open-sided restaurant for the views alone – out over the Meratus Mountains, the Loksado valley and the village itself. Taking advantage of the views are two thatched seating...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Samarinda

Waroeng Sambel Jogja

Serving eight very different varieties of sambal (salsa) designed to knock your socks off, this large complex opposite the riverfront is packed on weekends. The house speciality, the oniony sambel bawang Jogja,...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Berau

De Bunda Cafe

This fab little cafe-bakery serves Indonesian staples such as soto ayam and nasi goreng along with unusual dishes such as roast duck and ribs. Good juices and cakes. Owner Ibu Ayu is well travelled and speaks...

Top ChoiceDumplings in Pontianak

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.

Indonesian in Palangka Raya

Kampung Lauk

This sprawling riverside place is like a mini-village of individual thatched pondoks linked by boardwalks, along which waiters scurry with trays of seafood and rice dishes. The speciality is local river fish and...

International 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...

Indonesian 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...

International 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...

Indonesian in Banjarmasin

Pondok Bahari

Pull up some floor space near the fountain and sink your teeth into some ketupat (sticky rice cooked in woven banana-leaf packets). Locals recommend the rowon daging soup, a Banjar take on an east Java favourite....

Cafe 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...

Indonesian in Pangkalan Bun

Rumah Makan Meranti

Solid furnishings and a welcoming but staid atmosphere greet diners at this popular local restaurant that's a cut above your average warung. Apart from the usual Indonesian fare, there are Western standards such...

Seafood in Pulau Derawan

Restaurant La Pauta

The overwater restaurant at La Pauta is one of Derawan's best. Sit inside, or out on the breezy veranda overlooking the main dock. The speciality is local seafood, but all the Indonesian staples are on the menu...

Seafood in Samarinda

Hary Crab

A unique local institution, these streetside outdoor benches set up in the evening and are generally packed with people who believe dinner should be a fully immersive affair. Wear your bib and check prices, which...

Seafood in Berau

Seafood Warungs

As night falls, basic seafood tents with bright banners set up opposite the Palmy Hotel in Tanjung Redeb. Depending on the day's catch you should be able to enjoy fresh fish, prawns, crab and squid – or fall back...

Indonesian in Putussibau

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.

Cafe in Pangkalan Bun

Iduna Cafe

This modern, air-conditioned cafe with stuffed chairs and cool lighting is the best place around for espresso coffee and bakery items, but it also does burgers, pasta and nasi goreng.