Where and What to Eat in Kalimantan
Kalimantan is less homogenous than the rest of Indonesia – the area is home to three major ethnic groups: Malay Indonesians, Chinese and Dayaks; each group comprises a majority populace in different areas of Kalimantan. Roads connect most towns in Kalimantan and the region continues to progress; West Kalimantan is the constituency’s least developed area – home to wild orang-utans, virgin rainforests and idyllic beaches, this slice of Borneo should be on every visitor’s radar.
Most expatriates spend their time in the restaurants of large hotels that dish out Western as well as local Indonesian favourites. If you’re looking for cheap grub, then there are usually plenty of stalls nightly in different districts. In west Kalimantan, the best place for inexpensive fare is along Jalan Gajah Mada; alternatively street food along Jalan Kasumayuda is also reasonably priced in central Kalimantan. Banjar food is one of Indonesia’s famed styles of cuisine and the belauran (night market) stalls along Jalan Niaga Utara draw in the crowds every night in south Kalimantan. Meanwhile, east Kalimantan has late night economical eats around Gunung Kawi, Pasar Klandasanand Jalan Pranoto.Read More
Catering to a high-end clientele, Bondy’s is a chic venue that dishes out juicy steaks and tasty Indonesian specialties. Located along Jalan Ahmad Yani, the garden restaurant is a favourite hangout for expats and well-to-do locals.
- Location: Jalan Ahmad Yani
- Tel: +608 741 8086
Cazasuki Italian Steakhouse
Located along Jalan Nusa Indah III, Cazasuki Italian Steakhouse is a fusion restaurant with an extensive menu that features shabu-shabu, spaghetti, sauerbraten, steaks, burgers and satay; the food here is delicious and affordable.
- Location: Jalan Nusa Indah III
Serving up delicious typical Banjar cuisine, Cendrawasih is a popular eatery located along Jalan Pangeran Samudera. Nearby is Haji Anang Soto; Cendrawasih dishes out a variety of fish, chicken and seafood that’s cooked on the outdoor grill and served with an assortment of Banjar dipping sauces.
- Location: Jalan Pangeran Samudera
Haji Ananag Soto
Located between Jalan Haryono and Jalan Anang Andenansi, this warung (eatery) is a hole-in-the-wall establishment that serves up surprisingly good fare. It gets crowded especially at lunchtime so arrive early. Try the soto banjar (a traditional broth mainly composed of broth, meat and vegetables), lontong (rice steamed in pandan leaves) and the spicy anchovy sambal (chilli-based sauce).
- Location: Jalan Pangeran Samudera
- Tel: +62 511 723 1549
Iduna Bakery & Café
With an adjacent bakery that opens as early as seven in the morning Iduna is one of the best places to grab some nosh in Kalimantan. There’s a wide variety of burgers with every kind of topping and embellishment plus the chic venue serves freshly squeezed juices, coffee and ice cream. Order the banana split to cap off your meal.
- Location: Jalan Rangga Santrek
This restaurant is located in the fledging waterfront district. Ocean’s Resto is a semi open-air establishment that serves up a broad range of cuisine from seafood, sold by weight, to tasty fish and chips and burgers. You can also get a hearty selection of Indonesian fare; enjoy your meal in the air-conditioned interior or savour the sea breezes when you sit in the outdoor garden.
- Location: Ruko Bandar waterfront, Jalan Sudirman
Featuring one of the most extensive menus in Kalimantan, Restoran Shangrilla is a family-run venture located along Jalan Ahmad Yani. Serving up Indonesian-Chinese cuisine, the eatery’s range of fare includes varieties of seafood, duck, beef, frog and chicken.
- Location: Jalan Ahmad Yani 29
Located along Jalan Pattimura, Tubrux is one of the best known and most popular coffee shops in west Kalimantan. This restaurant is situated within the Pontianak area and dishes out popular local dishes; the eatery also serves typical Indonesian fare.
- Location: Jalan Pattimura 211D
- Tel: +62 561 708 1900
Warung Amara Ini
This restaurant serves up home-cooked mixed rice platters – the variety of vegetables is extensive and the fish and chicken dishes are dished out cafeteria-style. Located at the corner of Gang Abdullah Machmud & Jalan Kasumayuda, most people try bag spots in front of the large-screen TV; in addition the eatery’s fare is affordable.
- Location: Gang Abdullah Machmud & Jalan Kasumayuda
Warung Lamongan Pak Ari
Located along Jalan Juanda, this restaurant has giant deep fryers placed outside on the five-foot walkway. The eatery draws in big crowds who line up to get deep-fried fish or chicken served with special sambal.
- Location: Jalan Juanda