Top 5 Indonesian Restaurants in Melbourne
Here are our top 5 Indonesian restaurants in Melbourne.
1. Yuni's Kitchen - 251 High St Northcote
Yuni's Kitchen is a wonderful Indonesian restaurant in the grounds of a church on High St in Northcote. Come here for authentic Indonesian cusine. The ambience is compelling with a high timber panelled ceiling, stain glassed windows and charming heritage of the buiding. Dishes are reasonably priced. Classics are here such as the Satay, Beef Rendang, Lumpia (veg rolls), and the Nasi Goreng are impressive.
The World Loves Melbourne loves the red door and red themes of the cafe, as well as the attractive bbq area adjoining.
Yuni's Kitchen serves Nasi Goreng in the tradition that we're used to from several trips to Indonesia. We use Nasi Goreng as a barometer for any Indonesian restaurant and Yuni's Kitchen produces one of the best. Outstanding. We recommend the Nasi Goreng with Chicken, with spoonfuls of their homemade sambal sauce (not overpowering).
Yuni's Kitchen is a charming restaurant with friendly staff.
2. Bali Bagus 85 Franklin St CBD
Hidden away on Franklin St is this little gem. Bali Bagus provides sublime Indonesian food, friendly service and a modern and relaxed atmosphere. Having been to Indonesia a few times, I’ve always loved authentic Indonesian food. This is how I remember it in Indonesia. (Image credit photo above Bali Bagus Facebook).
Bali Bagus exudes character with treated concrete floor, artwork on the walls, and the striking red rendered wall (with more artwork). And a quirky water feature...
The World Loves Melbourne ordered the Iga Konro Bakar which consisted of ribs with peanut sauce and a pile of rice (and the egg in addition for an extra $1.20).
This dish was fantastic, full of flavour, meat tender (and some fat left on it thankfully) and the peanut sauce was quality. The meal also came with a bowl of thin beef soup, which I also appreciated.
I love the relaxed and friendly ambience of Bali Bagus. It’s a great place for office workers to unwind – again thanks for the water feature.
Like the other restaurants featured in this article, Bali Bagus provides excellent Indonesian food at value prices.
3. Kedai Satay 186 King Street CBD
A sensation on King Street, Kedai Satay is a place to relax from the fast lane, with cheerful service and great quality cuisine. The lamb ribs with peanut sauce is a cracker dish. At Kedai Satay the lamb is cooked to perfection and the peanut sauce surprisingly is a great accompaniment. The satays here are magnificent - for example the chicken satays with steamed rice. And the tropical chicken is also a worthy dish. You won't leave hungry - the portions are massive. The vibe here is enjoyable with traditional Indonesian art on the walls. (Image credit above from Kedai Facebook)
4. Nelayan 265 Swanston St CBD
Come here for great Indonesian food that is tasty, authentic and fast. Nelayan is a cheerful restaurant on Swanston St in a belt which does Indonesian food well. Competition is strong and Nelayan is one of the best value options around! Nelayan is set up like a canteen – which is great for office workers and students. Just order your choices – 2 or 3 (always 3 for me) and select from the bain maries. Then grab your cutlery on your way to a table.
Having been to Indonesia several times and a big fan of Indonesian food, I find Nelayan serves up some favourites with distinction. Many of the choices revolve around chicken which is fine. Highlights here are the Fried chicken, the Curried chicken, and the Beef Rendang (which has the right amount of sauce, heat and the meat is tender). All with rice. And don’t forget the chilli.
I’ve been to Nelayan several times and each time I notice a good crowd of Indonesians. Again, there is an authenticity here of flavours. The restaurant is mid sized and you can relax here as the bustle of Swanston traffic passes by.
5. Es Teler 77 Emporium
Es Teler is a good honest Indonesian eatery in Emporium Melbourne, with many Indonesians enjoying the fare. Popular with students and city workers looking for a cheap eat. The décor is modest if not bright, but the food is terrific. Having been to Indonesia I love Indonesian food. We love all the Rice Lover dishes such as Chicken Fried Rice, Seafood Fried Rice and a favourite Salted Fish Fried Rice.
Check out the Oxtail Soup Set Meal, as well as the Fried Duck sets for a unique tasty meal. Es Teler also specialises in noodle dishes including Egg Noodle with beefballs and the Seafood Fried Noodles.