Restaurants

Top ChoiceItalian in Iboih

Bixio Cafe

Who would have thought Sumatra’s best Italian food was hiding in a remote corner of Pulau Weh? Sit by the lapping waves and dig into Luca and Eva’s wonderful freshly made pastas and gnocchi with fresh traditional...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Sungai Penuh

Korintji Heritage

Set up as a social enterprise to empower locals, this fantastic new cafe in Sungai Penuh is set inside an atmospheric bamboo building overlooking the town and valley. As well as tasty Indonesian dishes,...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Danau Maninjau

Waterfront Zalino

This restaurant with a great lakeside location showcases some local seafood specialities, such as udang (freshwater lake shrimp), freshwater lobster and grilled catfish. As well as cold beer it also serves a...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Danau Toba

Maruba

Overlooking the lake, Maruba is well worth seeking out for its peerless Batak dishes cooked by the talented proprietor. Barbecue fish, freshwater lobster, na neura (raw fish marinated with candlenut, lime juice...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Gunung Sitoli

Rapi Seafood

This nondescript place in central Gunung Sitoli is responsible for some of the best and freshest seafood we’ve ever had in Sumatra. Choose your dinner, then have it grilled, with sweet and spicy sauce if you...

Top ChoiceInternational in Danau Toba

Jenny’s Restaurant

Jenny’s has long been a standout on the northern edge of Tuk Tuk, with all kinds of breakfasts, noodles, curries and rice dishes. But the one dish that really shines is the lake fish grilled on charcoal right in...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Bengkulu

Marola

At this classic, locally famous seafood joint by the beach, near central Bengkulu, you can choose from ultra-fresh giant prawns, squid and fish, then pay by weight, and pick from an array of sauces you’d like...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Padang

Sari Raso

Pick from a multitude of spicy dishes at this classic Padang chain, housed within a classy art deco colonial building. Do not miss the beef rendang; it's as good as it gets.

International in Banda Aceh

Country Steakhouse

Well hidden down an alley out of view is this cosy, wood-panelled restaurant that has a speakeasy feel, and specialises in Western food and cold beers. New Zealand steaks and lamb chops are the specialities, as...

International in Iboih

Dee Dee’s Kitchen

A popular fixture along Iboih Beach, Dee Dee cooks up an eclectic selection of dishes, from excellent homemade chapatti with guacamole to pasta dishes, crispy tempe tortilla wraps, tofu burgers, awesome brekkies...

Indonesian in Bukittinggi

RM Selamat

Padang food in West Sumatra rarely disappoints, and this cafeteria-style restaurant is famous for its authentic smoky beef rendang, among its assortment of delicious Minang dishes to choose from. The rendang...

Ice Cream in Banda Aceh

Ice Cream Gunung Salju

This downtown place is a local institution notable for its delicious homemade ice cream. It has a heap of flavours, including local offerings such as avocado, durian and jackfruit, as well as all the usual...

Indonesian in Berastagi

BPK Rumah Gerga

A good place to sample local Karo cuisine is this shack restaurant with wood-crate-panelled walls decorated in murals. The speciality here is BPK (babi panggang Karo) – a delicious assortment of dishes comprising...

Seafood in Bandar Lampung

Pempek 123

Tucked down a residential side street on the ground floor of an apartment building, this local haunt is a favourite for pempek (deep-fried fish cake made using tapioca). There's an array of choices, all...

Street Food in Medan

Sibolang Durian

If you haven't tried durian, then stop by this 'aromatic' open-air eating establishment dedicated to the world's smelliest fruit. It's not just some random street vendor, this is a brightly lit neon 24-hour...

Cafe in Gapang

Tipsy Toby Cafe

Sharing space with Bubble Addict is this lively hang-out in Gapang Beach where divers gather in the evenings to socialise over cold beers, bagel burgers, naan pizza, coffee and smoothies. There are weekly...

Indonesian in Medan

Medan Vegetarian

No more food envy from vegetarians who miss out on those famous Padang dishes – here you'll get the full array of delicious mock beef rendang, satay chicken and coconut curries, and they nail the taste and...

Spanish in Gapang

Monster

A part of the Spanish-run Monster Divers dive shop, this relaxed beachside cafe does Catalonian-influenced dishes such as yellowfin-tuna burgers with brava sauce (spicy aioli), escalivada (smoky grilled...

Indonesian in Bukit Lawang

Waterstones

This stylish restaurant sits directly on a dramatic bend of the river and features a mishmash of designer furniture and industrial light fittings. While its prices are high for what is fairly standard Indonesian...

International in Bandar Lampung

Kopi Oey

With its birdcage lights, outdoor terrace and Shanghai glamour posters, this offshoot of the Jakarta-based empire conjures up an old-world vibe. The menu runs the gamut from fusion (spicy tuna spaghetti) to...