Cuisine of Batam Island for gourmets. Places for dinner - best restaurants

Batam If you’re looking for European or American cuisine, you can easily find it here on Batam Island, too. There is a wide choice of hamburgers, sushi, Chinese noodles, pizzas, and pasta due to the abundance of tourists. Still, it’s worth trying local cuisine as well. But for you not to have any problems with digestion it’s better to go to the top-class restaurants, local cafes or you can also ask the locals or the other tourists about the sanitary standards in this or that place. Fun fact: Indonesians use cutlery very rare. Originally locals used to eat all the food only with their right hand and then they had to wash it. That’s why you’ll also get water with lemon in restaurants.
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Don’t be surprised by banana leaves instead of a normal plate or by the lack of knives. The locals use knives only for cooking, but they never eat with it. The most beloved dishes here are greasy and spicy ones. However, people here don’t put hot spices everywhere. On the other hand, almost every dish includes cardamom, nutmeg, ginger root, turmeric, and peanuts. Spicy dishes are traditionally eaten with water, coconut milk, or tea. People here – like in any other Muslim country – don’t prefer pork, but they really like chicken, beef, fish, seafood and they eat it in large amounts. The local kind of unleavened rice called «nasi» is the base for every dish.
Nasi is cooked in broth or banana leaves; people also make chips, pudding, and even noodles from it. Rice is also often used in sweets. The most popular dish on the island is Nasi Goreng. Basically, it’s fried rice with vegetables and meat. The dish can be also made of chicken, seafood, fish and plenty of various vegetables. Bakmi Goreng is the alternative of Nasi Gogeng. Maybe you are fond of vegetables? Then you definitely have to try Cap Cai – the made dish from fried-vegetables. Gado-gado is an extreme kind of dish. It’s a very delicious vegetable salad with spicy sauce and peanuts. Another peculiar dish is bakery made of tempe soya beans. In case if you do it pork, then try to order Babi Guling – fried suckling pig. Copyright
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Wabi (omelette with nuts and greens) would be a perfect start of a day; for lunch, you could order the original dish consisted of sliced vegetables with flavoring made of fresh chicken, turtle, or pig blood – «Lawar». As for a snack, try Sate – the local version of barbecue; the dish is usually cooked from fish. However, nowadays you can also find veggie, seafood, chicken, beef, or mutton version of the dish. But not the pork one. Those who love fast-food really enjoy local meat patties. Many tourists also like Bebek Betutu – duck with rice baked in banana leaves. If you want to try something exotic, then Chinese swallow nests in both, and a bunch of various unusual dishes like fried locusts and snakes are also served here on the island.
Batam The local shark-fin soup is a must-try. Believe me, it tastes incredible. All in all, there are lots of varieties of first courses, even though some of them might be too liquid. Nevertheless, they all are highly nutritious because of vegetables, noodles, and meatballs. Another tasty dish which is definitely worth trying is the salad with cottage cheese, cucumbers, and beans with spicy sauce. Don’t miss to taste toge bamboo shoots, pickled mango, and fried bananas as well. Also, don’t miss to try Roti – sweet bread; the locals usually eat it as a separate dish. Grated coconut with spices has quite a peculiar taste. The local cooks make incredibly baked fish fillet or tuna slices in banana leaves, so you definitely should try it.
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Concerning desserts, you can order Rujak – a traditional fruit salad with sweet palm sugar sauce; or you can also take crushed ice with syrup and soya beans. There is also plenty of diverse sweet patties, rice puddings and local fruit made dishes. You can finish your dinner with a cup of tea or coffee. Besides, there are a lot of other nice drinks like coconut milk, «sari tebu» - sugarcane juice, «es jeruk» - calamansi oranges juice. Ginger tea is also worth trying. Concerning the alcohol drinks, try Arak – the palm vodka which is often served with honey; Brem – the rice wine; Tuak – the palm wine.
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Reference information
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Batam Island
♥   Restaurant 'Roland' Singapore. Type - Singaporean. 18.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Zaffron Kitchen (East Coast)' Singapore. Type - Indian. 19.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant '328 Katong Laksa (Joo Chiat)' Singapore. Type - Singaporean. 19.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Chilli Padi (Joo Chiat)' Singapore. Type - Chinese. 20.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Majestic Bay' Singapore. Type - Cantonese. 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Sky on 57' Singapore. Type - Innovative. 20.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Spago' Singapore. Type - Fusion. 20.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Waku Ghin' Singapore. Type - Japanese. 20.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Long Chim' Singapore. Type - Thai. 21 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Daniel Boulud Bistro & Oyster Bar' Singapore. Type - French. 21 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique sights around Batam Island

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

From the series “Elegant Architectural Structures for Fans of Skywalks”
Many tourists choose this hotel specifically to rest on its unique terrace-deck every day. The unique structure was designed by architect Moshe Safdie. According to the author, he was inspired by the deck of cards. Guests can admire the panorama of the city, not only from its roof, but also through windows of their rooms. The most luxurious rooms are set on the upper floors. The world famous spa Banyan Tree is situated on one of the top floors. … Read further

Marina Bay Sands Pool

From the series “The Most Amazing Swimming Pools in the World”
The length of this chic pool is 150 meters, it is the largest pool in the world, located at the such height. Those, who cannot afford to stay in the most luxurious hotel in Singapore, will have the opportunity to look at the pool in immediate proximity. Part of the hotel terrace is open for all tourists, they can climb to a special viewing platform for 20 dollars. In addition to the chic pool on the high-rise terrace, there are several jacuzzies hidden from prying eyes behind thick thickets of exotic plants. The luxurious swimming pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel surely will be pleasant for everyone who likes to relax in unusual surroundings. … Read further

Helix Bridge

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
The unique bridge is the result of the collaboration of the best architects in the world who work in the architectural companies Architects 61, Arup and Cox Group. The authors of the bridge say that their form was not chosen by chance. The helix bridge symbolizes peace and life. The unusual bridge construction was even approved by the Feng Shui Specialists, whose opinion is very important in the architectural and construction areas of Singapore. … Read further

Cuisine and restaurants in the neighbours of Batam Island

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