Sumatra restaurants

Top Choice Italian 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, authentic and freshly made pastas and gnocchi with fresh…
Top Choice Indonesian 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, highlights i…
Top Choice Indonesian in Danau Maninjau

Waterfront Zalino

This place with a great lakeside location showcases some local seafood specialties, such as udang (freshwater lake shrimp), freshwater lobster and grilled catfish. As well as cold beer it also serves a delicious sou…
Top Choice Indonesian in Danau Toba


Tucked away between the Amartoba Hotel and Rodeo guesthouse, Maruba is well worth seeking out for its peerless Batak dishes cooked by the talented proprietor. Freshwater lobster, na neura (raw fish marinated with ca…
Top Choice International 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 fro…
Top Choice Seafood 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 like. T…
Top Choice Seafood in Bengkulu


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 your s…
Top Choice Indonesian 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 we've ever had.
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 specialties, as well …
International in Iboih

Dee Dee’s Kitchen

On the same strip of beach as Rubiah Tirta Divers, Dee Dee cooks up an eclectic selection of dishes, from excellent homemade chapati with guacamole to pasta dishes, crispy tempe tortilla wraps, tofu burgers and mie …