Small cafes and restaurants in the regions are targeting expats and helping to bring Timor's flavours forward: think fresh organic ingredients, sometimes grown on the property itself, cooked in bamboo or on the grill. Herbs and spices are often beautifully balanced, creating delicious meals. Get a taste for ai manas – this chilli concoction (often homemade) sits in small tubs on the table in most cafes or restaurants; ask for it if it's not. Timorese coffee is increasingly available, even in instant sachet form.

Price Ranges

As an approximate guide, the following price ranges refer to the cost of a main course.

$ less than US$5

$$ US$5–10

$$$ more than US$10

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