Best food in Batam: If there are 3 things to experience in Indonesia, it’s beaches, watersports, and food. Batam Riau, like most of Indonesia, tenders to a variety of local cuisines. Cuisines tied up best to its atmosphere – ones unsuited to try elsewhere.
An old friend of mine, who grew up with me in Batam for almost a decade, came to visit me here. He stayed for a week. Having a partner in crime, we hit off some of the best cuisines Batam had to offer.
Some places guests took us out, the others we tried out ourselves – seafood, nasi padang, bakso and even a cheap yet amazing food court opposite to Grand Batam! As someone who’s tried a lot around – here are Batam food recommendations for your next visit.
How to Get Around Batam
Most visitors to Batam come from Singapore. And most who visit aren’t budget travelers. With no convenient means of public transport apart from taxis, getting around can be tough for common tourists.
Thus I’d recommend renting out a car or opting a tour package. This is the fastest way to get to your favorite restaurants. Luckily, Batam recognizes its visitors fond of the Padang Cuisine and seafood places.
Thus you’ll find various trip packages including seafood restaurants on the itinerary. But I recommend renting a car. It gives you flexibility to choose your preferred local cuisine spot. Either way, it’s all about experiencing Batam’s tastes!
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If you’ve someone who can get you around Batam, then all you’ll need is to book a ferry you’re good to go! Book your round trip ferry tickets to Batam for the best prices here!
What to eat in Batam: Variety of recommendation
One main reason to write this post is because of the variety of food the city offers. The luxury of choosing your dinner cuisine effortlessly. There are laidback seafood places, authentic Indonesian cuisine spots, Indian restaurants, Chinese delicacies, and tons of coffee and donut cafes.
I’ve divided this post according to cuisine type. I’ve been to various spots for different varieties and here are the best restaurants I recommend.
Best Indonesian food and restaurants in Batam
The padang cuisine comprises variety of Indonesian precooked dishes that are served upon your choice. Batam has countless Padang restaurants. You’ll know an Indonesian restaurant by its typical plate arrangement one on another like bricks.
To name popular ones, here are some popular padang restaurants to try out in Batam:
Best Padang restaurants in Batam
- Sederhana Padangnese restaurant
- Nagoya Food Court
- Ayam Bakar Taliwang Pelita
- Ikan Bakar Cianjur
- RM Mie Tarempa, Batam Center
- Bakso Restos (Mega Mall, Bakso Gres)
Sederhana Padangnese Resto is best near Nagoya Hills and Kepri Mall. Get all your preferred meat dishes to your table. Rice is served alongside. Some must try delicacies with rice are ayam gulai (curry chicken), ayam bakar (chicken fry), and ikan bakar (fish fry).
As for Ayam Bakar Taliwang near Nagoya, it’s specialty is the sambal (chilly sauce). Indonesia (Java) itself is infamous for its sambal. The variety of spices that come together makes it a cultural explosion on our tongues.
The Taliwang restaurant is known for its different type of sambal. I loved the usual sambal better, but some prefer this along with their meal.
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Apart from Padang, Indonesia’s local noodles called mie goreng is something else to try out (Not the instant packet noodles). RM Mie Terampa is best to try out the local cuisine here.
I wasn’t fond of Bakso places before until I tried it at Mega Mall, Batam Center. The soup and soft chewy meatballs along with the sambal and lettuce as served in most Bakso stalls makes for another unique taste compared to padang.
Best Seafood Restaurants in Batam
With numerous seafood spots, it’s hard to pick out which ones are worth the price. Afterall, seafood isn’t cheap. One quick tip is to go for seafood spots by the shores. They always give off a more local touch to the cuisine.
But with large seafood restaurant chains popping up, there are amazing ones in the city as well.
Batam food recommendation: Here are the must-visit seafood restaurants in Batam:
- Love Seafood Restaurant (Batam Centre and Tanjung Piayu)
- Golden Prawn 933 Seafood
- Rezeki Seafood Restaurant
- Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant
- Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood
- Barelang Seafood Restaurant
- Cita Rasa Seafood Restaurant
- Wey Wey Seafood Harbour Bay
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Golden Prawn 933 has always been on my previous posts as it’s one of the oldest in the business here. Till date, the seafood’s worth it here. Located in an offbeat seashore spot makes it a sweet experience to enjoy spicy seafood.
I haven’t visited Piayu in Batam, but Love Seafood Batam Center is wonderful. If you’re going here, go with a group and get the buffet tray. We had heard of the buffet tray before, but when it came to the table – it was quite a sight.
At Harbour Bay, it’s a tourist’s paradise with the Wey Wey Seafood and Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurants on the same bay along with the Mariott Hotel in between.
As for the other restaurants, they’re famous in their own localities in Batam. For example, if you head to Nongsa, don’t miss out on the Rezeki Seafood restaurant. When passing through the Barelang bridges, some restaurants to keep an eye for are Kopak Jaya Seafood Kelong 007, Barelang Seafood Restaurant, and Cita Rasa Seafood on Galang Island.
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Top Indian Restaurants in Batam
With many Indians working in the industrial parks here, there are a handful of Indian restaurants that offer great dishes as well. They serve parathas, Gobi Manchurian, and even idli! Obviously, you don’t get the street stalls that serve cheap Indian snacks (like hot samosas) as they do in Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore.
Being an Indian and with my family’s everlasting love for food we grew up with, I’ve visited most of these Indian restaurants in Batam. Moreover, these go out to the vegetarians out there as well. Indian restaurants have better vegetarians in Batam.
Top Indian Restaurants in Batam
- Maharaja Curry House (or just Maharaja Restaurant)
- Taj Indian Cuisine in Nagoya (now Maharaja’s unit of Cabang)
- Martabak HAR Nagoya
- Taste of India, Batu Aji
- Empire Restaurant and Lounge
There are a couple more restaurants, but these are the well-known ones. Maharaja near Palm Spring here has been in Batam ever since I came to Indonesia (around 15 years ago). It’s expanded over the years and even locals love the biryani here.
Martabak HAR is another old restaurant chain in Nagoya that offers Indian and Indonesian cuisines. Empire Restaurant, Batam Center and Taste of India in Batu Aji are newer places and totally worth the try. For Taste of India, get there for breakfast for hot idlis and uthapas!
Best food in Batam: Other Cuisines
Over the years, the variety of cuisines the city has to offer has gone way high. There are Korean bbq restaurants, Italian restaurants in Batam, and Japanese restaurants in Batam. As for Chinese food like Dim Sum in Batam, it has always been around (like the Shuang Hong Bak Kut Teh in Batam).
To check out Korean, Japanese, and Taiwan delicacies all in one place, visit the Grand Batam mall. The fancy mall is a new addition to the city.
With many international restaurants coming, western and Italian cuisine has their own set of customers here. Quite some places have their recognition with the food.
Best Western restaurants in Batam:
- Al Raha Resto and Cafe
- Bite Restaurant
- Kez’s Bakery and Restaurant
- Goji Kitchen & Bar
- Piccola Stella (Italian Restauran in Batam)
- Teras Cafe (Best steak in Batam)
- Kez’s Bakery and Restaurant
- Nomad Bar
If not restaurants, many resorts offer western meals. I had an English breakfast at Kiki Beach resort on the Galang Island, Batam. It was quite worth it!
Cheap Street Delicacies in Batam
Have you seen that J.CO Donuts franchise apart from Southeast Asia? How about Roti’O sweet bread? Indonesia offers some bakery items and cheap street delicacies that you find nowhere else. And Batam’s another island to spot these. These donuts are so good that I’d to get a box back to India!
You’ll find J.CO Donut shops in most malls. Make sure to get the infamous Tira Misu donuts, nobody dislikes them. So are Roti’O stores. At the supermarket sections of malls and in most Batam food courts, you’re bound to find curry puffs and risoles everywhere.
Cheap Local Delicacies in Batam
- Curry Puff
- Kentang Risole
- Ayam Sate
- Pisang Goreng
- Nagasari Pisang
- Kue Putu
Curry Puffs and Risoles: They’re small cheap stalls with mouthwatering delicacies. These typically have potatoes, eggs, chicken and vegetable fillings. They’re all oily, but don’t miss it out – they’re worth trying!
Some other things to try out are Ayam Sate (meat on a stick with spicy sauce), Pisang Goreng, and Nagasari Pisang. You’ll find these throughout the city. In malls, if a small food court stall is crowded with people waiting for their order, it’s bound to be one of these!
Last but not least is the Kue Putu (Steamed Coconut cake) owning a special place in my heart. You’ll find most of these on the Barelang Bridge. One sells an ice cream off his bike, the other has steam hissing from the metal box at the back. These green cakes come with coconut grating made with bamboo pipes.
Coffee Shops and Cafes in Batam
When I visited my parents in Batam in 2019, there are restaurants, JCO, and a few cafes here and there. Fast-forward 3 years and boom! By 2022 post-pandemic, a countless Insta-worthy cafes opened up every place. What’s more is that people love cafes!
We went to a small cafe – Casa by BatamLiciouz, Teluk Tering near Sekolah Kallista to try out. Where there stood nothing, but grassland earlier is now built up with neat tiny cafes all around the city. We got Teriyaki Chicken rice bowls and few others for dinner, and it was great!
For cafes in Batam, get around here for coffee shops and Dim Sum stalls. There are many places still coming up with cafes.
Batam Food Recommendation: Fresh Beer for Spicy Crocodile
My dad had told me of a place that serves crocodile. So, I visited for the first time this year – Fresh Beer Batam. Located in an alley in Batam Center not far from Mega Mall, it has a peaceful touch to the spot.
Bintang Beer is Indonesia’s popular beer, but people come here for Fresh Beer’s own brewed drinks. But what’s more exotic than its own brewery is the menu. You’ll find farmed crocodile, snakes, deer meat, and bat. It makes up for one of Batam’s exotic places.
Unfortunately, crocodile meat was already sold out when I visited, so I got roasted deer meat instead. It wasn’t that great to be honest. But if you’re looking for something exotic to try, Fresh Beer Batam is your spot!
Where to Stay in Batam?
For packaged tours, there shouldn’t be a problem. If not, there are all types of accommodation to choose from in Batam – be it for budget travelers or luxury.
Though there are many accommodation for budget travel via Booking.com, AirBnb, and Oyo – I’d recommend luxury. Batam’s one of the few treasures where you can still get luxury resorts for cheaper rates. So stay by the beach, you won’t regret it!
Here are some well-heard of resorts in Batam for a relaxing stay from Klook.com. The prices vary depending on peak season. If you see a great deal, pick it right away! Most resorts offer amazing services for lesser compared to Singapore.
Best Food in Batam: Tailpiece
Talking about local cuisines, foreign delicacies, and seafood is a never-ending discussion. Especially when it comes to Batam. But this sums up a brief idea on the best food in Batam – my Batam food recommendation.
I didn’t emphasize on specific Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants as I tried much of these places myself. But if you’ve got good recommendation yourself, feel free to use the comment section below. I’d love to hear!
Like Fresh Beer, I bet there are more exotic restaurants here. But that’s one I’ve tried so far. Batam is no doubt, a paradise for non-vegetarians. Tell me about your food experience in Batam.