pagi sore indonesian restaurant, tanjong pagar

very-good indonesian food at tanjong pagar’s 100am – still very good, even after the first time we came here nearly a year a go (with many consistent great visits between).

they’ve gotten a little bit busier now than they were before, so it can actually get fully occupied on weekday dinners (which is both good for food turn-over and bad for waiting). but service is prompt, and the food comes out very quickly – so you’re fine once you’re seated.

the flavors are punchy and perky, and it’s a spice-iness that makes things interesting, and a spicyness that is just right for even moderate chilli eaters to handle. we tend to order up a storm – the butter prawns and curry fish head are favorites, as is the rendang, and it all goes very well with the rice that comes in a beautiful wrap of banana leaf.

good value, great flavors, and quick service. it’s the weekday dinner diner of dreams.

Pagi Sore Indonesian Restaurant (Amara Shopping Center Outlet)
#02-28 100AM (Amara Shopping Center)
100 Tras Sreet
Singapore 079027
tel +65 6636 1373
$$: one-zeho-zeho for four

indochilli restaurant, zion road

rather impressive indonesian food, and surprisingly cheap for being in this part of close-to-town. I’m no purist, if you haven’t figured, nor a connoisseur of indonesian food – so I treat it much the way I do thai: I like it spicy and tasty.

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pagi sore indonesian restaurant, tanjong pagar

decent indonesian food at the newish 100am mall – a great spicy precursor to a sweet japanese treat. I had been craving indonesian food for a while now – which is rather strange seeing as how 1. I don’t really know what indonesian food entails and 2. all I know of it are indistinct memories of a meal I probably had a couple of years ago.

this probably means that when I said I was craving indonesian – I really meant a hankering for something spicy and flavorful, and this took care of it.

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tanah lot, bali


this rock-temple place was too touristy by half – and not the better for it: the beaches were dirty and the temple overcrowded – and I wish there had been less clouds so I could have grabbed better photos. I’ve put them here for sharing (so you don’t make your way down yourself!), and next time I think I might try for uluwatu, which holds another famous spot for sunset-spotting.

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ubud rice fields, bali


cascading terraces of green and scattered pavilions. even the requisite smattering of souvenir shops – we bought an indigenous instrument, a kalimba (also known as a finger piano) – add to the charm of this place. I can’t imagine what it’d be like at high tourist season, but for now it was quiet and peaceful – truly beautiful.

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goa gajah: elephant cave, bali


no elephants here – it’s so named for the grandness of the architecture, and it’s a beaut. an amazing carved stone temple, a trek amidst temple ruins and a stretch of padi fields, and the quiet beauty of balinese floral offerings.

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bali buda/bali buddha, bali (delivery)


delivery service from this holistic café in kerobokan – I’ve already told you about our eat-in experience. we ordered the day before, and scheduled it to arrive early before our flight back to singapore.

breakfast by the pool early in the morning – rather than subjecting ourselves to the vagaries of airport food – is an indulgence I could get used to.

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warung taulan, bali


p.s. I just realized you can see the lightning from the storm! how cool is that – long exposures for the win.

pretty good indonesian food at this beautiful (and pretty romantic) restaurant overlooking rice fields in seminyak. it’s a really gorgeous place, with large pavilions serving as restaurants, live music playing, and good low-lighting. we had a good meal here – the menu spans european offerings such as pasta as well as balinese dishes, and we went for the latter.

service was friendly and attentive, the food was tasty and came at a good pace. while the food wasn’t mindblowing, it was well flavored, and made for a nice quiet dinner away from the bustling morass of beach-side bali.

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street food: satay, bali


we were drawn to this store by the delicious smell of fat on a barbie – this man was sat outside a temple where a ceremony was taking place, fanning rather voraciously at a fierce flame and the sticks of marinated chicken above it.

when the ceremony was over, lots of temple-goers started crowding about to order these sticks of satay – which is when the partner decided to get a few to try. very tasty, fatty and tender pieces of chicken poked through a bamboo skewer, these were reminiscent of the satay we get in singapore – just as greasy, possibly more so, our three sticks were quickly stuffed into some brown paper and we bent over the streets eating so the oil didn’t drip onto our clothes.

not something you’d want to eat all the time, or very often at all – very much unhealthy, these things – but very local and endearing for that, as is most street food (I probably would find it difficult to say the same of fried insects and balut).