Top five food outlets you need to try in Lombok

Top five food outlets you need to try in Lombok

The main reasons that will make you return to the island

Five days and four nights I spent in Lombok, and the wonders of its culinary scene has got me to make a promise to myself that I will definitely be making my way back here for the local food. It was an eye-opening trip – I discovered that the local dishes are as impressive as the island’s white-sand beaches. If you’re planning to visit Lombok in the near future, then here are five joints that you need to pay a visit to and munch away at.

1. Ayam Taliwang Dua-Em Bersaudara
H. Muhibbin Murad was the co-founder of the iconic Ayam Taliwang and is responsible for establishing this eatery. Ayam Taliwang Dua-Em Bersaudara is a one-stop spot offering the best in Lombok cuisine, such as Beberok and Tahu Abiantubuh. Jl. Transmigrasi No. 99, Cakranegara, Mataram

2. Warung Kelor Pancor
Sayur Kelor, which is made from daun kelor (leaves from a Moringa tree), is one of the most popular local dishes around and is the signature dish at Warung Kelor Pancor. Offering delicacies that are freshly cooked every day, the joint also serves home-cooked meals such as Ayam Goreng, fried tofu and tempeh. Jl. KH Ahmad Dahlan, Pancor (nearby RSUD Selong) T: 0376 23 621

3. Warung Sate Rembiga Haji Sinasih
Sate Rembiga was the first grub that I sampled during my time in Lombok, and I really wish that I had more time so that I could come back for more. The Sate Rembiga is a one-of-a-kind dish. The beef satay is served dry without any sauce, yet it possesses a sweet-and-spicy flavour that will delight your taste buds no end. Jl. Dr. Wahidin No. 6, Rembiga, Selaparang, Mataram T: 0819 1799 1747

4. RM Ramayana
While RM Ramayana does not offer authentic Lombok food, it is still a joint worth visiting for its array of lip-smacking vivers. Have a go at its Lontong Cap Go Meh, Sop Buntut (oxtail soup) and Es Kacang Hijau (iced mung-bean porridge) and get a taste of culinary perfection. Jl. Saleh Sungkar No. 23, Ampenan, Mataram T: 0370 637 674

5. Serabi Lombok Timur
For this one, you’ll need to drive a little further out from the city centre. Ibu Rodiyah is the lady responsible for this incredible treat, who serves her Serabi without a chair or table for her customers in sight. What you’ll see is her magical wooden stove used to cook the Serabi. Too delicious to be easily forgotten, one whiff of its smoky aroma and you’ll forget all about the long journey that you need to go through to come here. Jl. Patimura, Gandor, Selong, Lombok Timur

Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.


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