FAQ'S FOOD AND DRINKS
The standard Indonesian food like nasi goreng, mie soup and soto ayam are widely available. In every small town you will find the padang restaurants (the ones with the curtains in front) where you can eat rendang and curries. A local dish is ikan kuah, a fishsoup with a fish head.
In Larantuka, Maumere, Ende, Riung and Labuan Bajo you can eat delicious seafood.
When you expect a Bali scene then you will be disappointed. Only in Labuan Bajo are a decent number of good restaurants of an international standard. In other places you will find a few resto's for travelers.
Usually the best local food is sold in warung or local restaurants (see also the relevant sections)
Pasar malam near the harbour for barbecued fish, Talago Indah padangfood, Golden Cafe north in town.
Fish restaurants, Amira in the citycentre for lunch, the night eateries near the river or at the resto of your resort east of Maumere.
Many small eateries in Ende like padang resto's, warung Bangkalan, Resto Pari Koro, Sambal Cobek on jalan Kelimutu or the ones which operate at night at Pantai Ria.
Delmar cafe, Resto Nirwana, Plankton Cafe, Murah Meria, Pato Resto.
Maybeth, Dito's, Lucas, Milonari resto, Anugerah, Taman Kartini or near the market.
Like in Ende also a lot of choice in Ruteng allover the towncentre. Chacha is a nice place, Spring Hill Resto is very good and Alline serves pizza.
Most choice of the island.
Pasar Kuliner near the waterfront serves fresh seafood, a few very good Italian restaurants like La Cucina and Made In Italy. Also worthwhile are Happy Banana and Green Cherry, Senja Eatery and numerous smaller both international and local eateries.
In Larantuka, Maumere, Moni, Bajawa and Ruteng are a few so called tourist restaurants where you can order steak, spaghetti and French fries. Labuan Bajo has some more international cuisines and for some reason there are many Italian restaurants.
A popular vegetarian dish is gado2, vegetables al dente with a peanut sauce. In padang restaurants you can order tempe or tahu, with vegetables and rice. Fried noodles with vegetables and an egg is also an option. And in Labuan Bajo also pizza’s or pasta’s are served.
To be honest this isn't so easy. When ordering dishes make clear that there is no terasi (fish sauce/seasoning
made from shrimps) in your meal. In pancakes eggs and sweet milk are used, so also not possible. When ordering food try to make your
wishes clear, not only once but several times so that it is well understood.
Good news. In Indonesia food is hardly prepared with cow’s milk so the risk is almost zero. If in doubt just tell the waiter:
“saya alergi susu sapi, tolong, jangan pakai susu sapi”
And this is the contrary as many dishes are prepared with peanuts. To avoid say:
“saya alergi kacang tanah, tolong, jangan pakai kacang tanah”
Candlenuts (kemiri) are often used in Indonesian dishes. Tell them:
“saya alergi kacang-kacangan, tolong jangan pakai kimiri dan kacang”
The fish and seafood is easy to see but many dishes in Indonesia are prepared with terasi, a paste made of shrimps. Don't forget to tell them:
“saya alergi ikan dan makanan laut, tolong jangan pakai terasi"
Tempe and tahu (tofu) are mady of soy. Also kecap (soy sauce) is made of soy. If you don't want any soy please say:
“Saya alergi kedelai, tolong jangan pakai kecap”
No, water from the tap is not safe. Please buy bottles of mineral water. The brands Aqua and Ruteng are most sold on Flores.
Yes you can buy mineralwater everywhere on Flores. The most selled brands are Aqua and Ruteng (from Flores).
No, not at all. Beer is available everywhere. In Labuan Bajo, Maumere and Ende are real wineshops and and many of the supermarkets in Labuan Bajo who sell (import) liquors. Moke (arrack, made from palmwine) is widely available from farmers and along the road (Aimere and near Labuan Bajo) and also part of the tradition on Flores. And, this has to be said: it is safe!
Yes, and no horror stories on Flores like elsewhere in Indonesia like on Java and Bali. Like said, arrack is part of the tradition.
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Gado2 in Cha cha resto in Ruteng
Anne Mieke -AM PHOTONESIA©-