Indonesian cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant, most colourful and freshest cuisines in the world. This alone makes it unsurprising that Indonesian restaurants are popular in Singapore, given how Singaporeans like their food similar in much the same regard. But the popularity is also due largely to the fact that many of Singapore’s Indonesian restaurants are halal, meaning they can be enjoyed by one and all. And that’s just as well, really, because it’d be one heck of shame for anybody to miss out on what these kitchens are offering. So, here we have the lowdown on Indonesian restaurants in Singapore, what to expect and where to go. It’s about to get tasty...
Since we’ve pretty much just claimed that Indonesian food is some of the best in the world, it’d be rude at this point not to expand on what kind of dishes make it so. At almost any Indonesian restaurant in Singapore, you’ll find satay, rendang and sambal as staples, the latter being a particularly popular hot sauce or paste that complements just about any kind of grilled or fried meat. Singapore’s Indonesian restaurants will also go big on nasi goreng – yep, that rice dish you might have heard of – gado-gado and, what’s probably Indonesia’s national dish even though it’s often saved for special occasions, tumpeng. This cone-shaped mountain of rice surrounded by the most beautiful selection of spiced meats and vegetables is quite something to behold, lending itself perfectly to sharing and communal eating.
Speaking of sharing and communal eating, this is exactly how the Indonesians roll and at the most authentic of Singapore’s Indonesian restaurants, it’s how you will be too. By its very nature, Indonesian dining is a social occasion that’s about coming together with those you love, meaning the food – often a whole fish or cut of meat, a big dish of rice and plenty of sides – is in the middle of the table for everyone to pick at. All of that said, at all of the Indonesian restaurants in Singapore, you’ll also be able to have your own dish if you prefer, whether that be a soup, a curry or a few juicy skewers. However you’d rather dine, be sure to reserve a table for yourself and all your nearest and dearest with Quandoo. There ain’t no feeling like it, folks, and Singapore’s Indonesian restaurants are the perfect places for it.
All this talk of Singapore’s Indonesian restaurants and not a word on where to find them? Truth be told, you’ll find them in just about any corner of the island, but to be precise, head to Orchard, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar and Bugis for the best of them. Mamanda or Pagi Sore are both excellent if you’re looking for a higher-end meal out, while The Rice Table or any of the Ayam Penyet President branches are great for less formal gatherings. As far as Indonesian restaurants in Singapore go, Haveli Bar & Restaurant is modern and suave. Naturally, you’ll want to be finding and reserving your table via Quandoo to ensure you get the best spot, but take some time first to read reviews, get to know, enquire, whatever you like. When the fun’s over, leave one of your own to earn Loyalty Points which can be used to offset the cost of dining out at one our partner restaurants. Sociable, damn delicious dining at the best of Singapore’s Indonesian restaurants –- what’s not to love? Dig in and enjoy!