Central Java Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Central Java

July 13, 2017 Milan Banda

Central Java (Javanese: ꦗꦮꦠꦼꦔꦃ; Indonesian: Jawa Tengah, abbreviated as Jateng) is a province of Indonesia. This province is located in the middle of the island of Java. Its administrative capital is Semarang.
Things to do in Central Java

1. Yam-Yam Restaurant

Km 5 Jl. Pantai Karang Kebagusan | Kampung Joglo Putu Inten, Jepara 59419, Indonesia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Seafood, Asian, Thai, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$47 +62 622 91598755
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Yam-Yam Restaurant

Reviewed By Wolfgang W

I stayed in this restaurant twice. Here you enjoy a very nice view to the ocean.
The food is good the service nice and frienly the prices for local people expensive, for expatriats reasonable of course.
The main kitchen is Thai and Westernstyle.
I ate a mixed grill, the portion was a little few but OK.
I f you would like to enjoy the Oceanview is good to visit this place.
Enjoy it.

2. Loenpia Gang Lombok

Gang Lombok no. 11 Kranggan | Kawasan Pecinan, Semarang 50127, Indonesia Takeout, Seating Asian, Indonesian, Halal Brunch HK$8 +62 816-4882-329
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 401 reviews

Loenpia Gang Lombok

Reviewed By BallardBeaver - Seattle

We showed up at 10 on a weekday morning and experienced none of the problems getting seated and served that some other reviewers report. Had a couple of excellent lumpia goreng, with a little side of cucumber salad. Just 15,00 rupiah each. Staff were helpful, if business-like.

3. Warung Asem-Asem Koh Liem

Jl. Karang Anyar 28/C-4, Genuk | Ruko Baru, Semarang, Indonesia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Asian, Indonesian Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +62 24 565 628
Excellent
33%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Warung Asem-Asem Koh Liem

Reviewed By Ratnaningtyas - Surabaya

If you like hot soup you will enjoy asem2 Koh Liem. The taste is quite tasty.. sweet and hot and the meat very soft. If you come at lunch time you have to wait because it was full of visitors.

4. Soto Kudus Mbak Lin

Jl. Ki Mangunsarkoro no. 15, Semarang 50136, Indonesia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Asian, Indonesian, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$8 +62 24 76440038
Excellent
31%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 110 reviews

Soto Kudus Mbak Lin

Reviewed By Bambang S - Semarang, Indonesia

I would like to share my experience dining at Soto Kudus Mbak Lin during weekend before this past weekend. We decided to dine in at this particular establishment after finding the food stall we plan to visit, in the same food court area, had closed that evening.
Since it was our first time to visit and dine in at Soto Kudus Mbak Lin, we had no idea what to expect. It was not fully packed but there was quite a crowd eating there when we arrived. We placed our order and our orders were being served within 5 minutes. In my opinion, there was nothing special about Soto Kudus Mbak Lin (no offense).
Their Soto is good but there are many places serving better Soto Kudus than the one I had at Soto Kudus Mbak Lin. I do believe Soto Kudus Mbak Lin has their own (loyal) customers' base but as for me, I am not one of them (again, no offense).
Good fact about Soto Kudus Mbak Lin is they are located in a food court area close to Simpang 5 (easy to reach and find). They are inexpensive and open from 7 am - 10 pm every day.

5. Kedai Beringin

Jln. Imam Bonjol no 114 | Between Jln Tanjung & Jln Imam Bonjol, Semarang 50132, Indonesia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +62 24 3541829
Excellent
33%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 237 reviews

Kedai Beringin

Reviewed By Joyce F

Visited Semarang 2x but only 2 restaurants that really stick to my head & i am craving for more when i am in the city.. One of those is beringin..
The Fried Rice are our favorite.. Skip Your diet for this Resto. Get the fresh juices too & be adventurous to taste the mix & match juices...
If u travel solo just get the fried rice... If you travel in group, order some other dishes - all dishes I ordered before are delicious

6. Soto Gading

Jl. Brigjen. Sudiarta no.75, Solo, Indonesia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Asian, Indonesian, Soups, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +62 271 665526
Excellent
31%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 277 reviews

Soto Gading

Reviewed By Regina302 - Bandung, Indonesia

The worst soto ayam I've ever taste. I really like soto ayam and try it in different version of different city, but this one was exceptional. I really dislike it. The soup was plain and not tasty at all, already added salt, soy sauce and sambal but it didn't help. The complementary food such "gorengan" and other not good too. 100% sure that I will never come back to this place.

7. Patio Restaurant by Plataran Borobudur

Dusun Tanjungan, Borobudur, Magelang 56553, Indonesia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, Asian, Indonesian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$204 +62 293 788888
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Patio Restaurant by Plataran Borobudur

Our restaurant as well as having an unparalel view of one of the wonders of the world has world class elegantly sublime cuisine. Nowhere can boast these two attributes which together create a more than memorable dinning experience. The restaurant with more than a wonderful view is an ultimate and awesome experience in dinning. The Stupa restaurant at magical Plataran Borobudur in Central Java - Indonesia.

Reviewed By John P - Melbourne, Australia

We ate here during our stay at the associated hotel. There were some really standout dishes, the duck with green curry was a distinct winner, the tuna as an entrée was beautifully presented and the mushrooms and dates, were such an interesting combination. The waiting staff were really friendly and offered exceptional service.

8. Bandeng Juwana - Elrina (Pandanaran)

Jl. Pandanaran 57 | Pekunden, Semarang 50244, Indonesia Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available Asian, Indonesian, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch HK$118 +62 24 8311488
Excellent
26%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 510 reviews

Bandeng Juwana - Elrina (Pandanaran)

We are a food store specializing in foods from Central Java. Our Pressure cooked milk fish, WIngko Babat (coconut patties), and lumpia (young bamboo shoot spring rolls) are customer favorites.

Reviewed By Ummu A

If you visit Semarang city then you will visit this place to buy some snacks for your family or colleagues. It offers various snacks to buy such as Wingko Kelapa, Enting-Enting, Lumpia and others. The specialized food in here is Bandeng Presto which is delicious.

9. Double Decker Casual Dining

Jl Ir. Soekarno | Ground Floor Fave Hotel Solo Baru, Sukoharjo 57772, Indonesia Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, European, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$78 +62 271 6727923
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Double Decker Casual Dining

Reviewed By Tommy H S

This restaurant use to be a mix cuisine restaurant few months a go. But now they have changed and now they cook the best steak in Solo city, in my opinion. And they focused at western cuisine such as steak, pasta, and pizza. Never try their pizza but their pasta and steak are definitely improving in taste, and even better their price is so much cheaper now! Highly recommended!

10. Serabi Notosuman Ny. Lidia

Jalan Mohammad Yamin 28, Solo, Indonesia Takeout Indonesian, Halal, Vegan Options +62 271 634433
Excellent
35%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Serabi Notosuman Ny. Lidia

Reviewed By Patric01 - Singapore

There are 2 serabi notosuman shop in this area, from Ny Lidya (the green color) and Ny Handayani (the yellow / orange color) - they are just in opposide side of the street. This review is for Ny Lidya serabi.
The serabi taste nice but nothing too special. The coconut milk taste is not really that strong.
To be frank I prefer the other one from Ny Handayani, which taste much2 better as the coconut milk taste is much stronger and nicer. I gave that one a deserving 5 stars.

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