Top 10 restaurants in Pekanbaru, Indonesia

December 7, 2017 Madelene Haan

Pekanbaru (Jawi: ڤكنبارو, Chinese: 北干巴鲁; pinyin: Běigānbālǔ, Dutch: Pakanbaroe), is the capital of Indonesian province of Riau, and a major economic center on the eastern part of Sumatra Island. It has an area of 632.26 km² with a population of 1,093,416. Located on the banks of the Siak River, which drains into the Strait of Malacca, Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port. Pekanbaru was originally built as a market by Minangkabau merchants during the 18th century. Its name is derived from the Malay words for 'new market' ('pekan' is market and 'baru' is new).
Things to do in Pekanbaru

1. Ketupat Sayur Onen

Jln. Hang Tuah | sebelah Mesjid agung An Nur, Pekanbaru 28281, Indonesia Breakfast
Excellent
26%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Ketupat Sayur Onen

Reviewed By zzmelayu - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We went in search for this canteen after Reading the reviews. It was as per expectation. The place was small but it had an extension in the building beside. The "ketupat sayur gulai paku" was good. The "satay kerang" was not bad. We tried the "teh telor" but it was too sweet. We don't think it was necessary to add sugar after they added sweet condensed milk. We think locals have sweet teeth. The bakwan or deep fried flour & vege was interesting.
Overall worth the visit to know what the fuss is about. Will go again.

2. RM Pondok Gurih

Jln. Jendral Sudirman No. 202, Pekanbaru 28113, Indonesia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Asian, Indonesian, Halal Lunch, Dinner +62 761 27069
Excellent
16%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

RM Pondok Gurih

Reviewed By Dasdo S

I have come and eat here many times. It serves varying types of goods: seafoods, chicken, beef, vegetables...
All cooked and served as Malay Cuisine with a bit upgrade/modification, so you'll find it rather different from the real traditionally cooked Malay foods.
Very recommended!
Clean, reasonably fast served.
Some delicious kueh and crackers provided (not for free) while waiting for the meal to be ready. Drinks are fresh, although too sweet. If you want, ask for less or separated sugar.
For me, try everything that appeals to you. All are great.

3. Rumah Makan Pak Abbas

Jl. Jend Sudirman Bundaran Simpang Tiga, Pekanbaru, Indonesia Waitstaff Asian, Indonesian +62 761 7047537
Excellent
17%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Rumah Makan Pak Abbas

Reviewed By BangFei - Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Come at a perfect time to get parking easily. At lunch time, there will be many customers having lunch there. If you like to come again, it's good idea to have its phone number for reservation of a table and meal.

4. Pondok Patin H.M. Yunus

Jl. Kaharudin Nasution no. 1, Pekanbaru 28284, Indonesia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, Asian, Indonesian, Halal Lunch, Dinner +62 761 674796
Excellent
31%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 99 reviews

Pondok Patin H.M. Yunus

Reviewed By Kurnijanto S - Jakarta, Indonesia

If you are in hurry to take your flight back, and not having lunch yet, you may try this restaurant. The location is very close to the airport, less than 10 minutes, so you can have last minute catch for local food.
Their main dish is 'ikan patin' a Freshwater fish which is very nice. Probably its a bit spicy, especially for foreigner, but its definitely very nice. Beside ikan patin, they have also other dishes which will be serve like Padang Restaurant.

5. Rumah Makan Kota Buana

Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto no. 16 | Kota Baru, Pekanbaru 28114, Indonesia Seating, Waitstaff Indonesian, Asian, Halal Lunch, Dinner +62 761 22874
Excellent
27%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Rumah Makan Kota Buana

Reviewed By Darnel-HDI - Jakarta, Indonesia

I know this restaurant since I was tenager more than 40 years ago. A s far as I know this is the oldest and most well known Minang traditional food in Pekanbaru. All its dishes are very delicious and the most special one is its rendang.

6. Rumah Makan Pondok Asam Pedas Baung

Jl. Jend Sudirman, Pekanbaru, Indonesia Asian, Indonesian Lunch +62 761 44750
Excellent
19%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Rumah Makan Pondok Asam Pedas Baung

Reviewed By Hendry E - Rengat City ..Indonesia

they have nice traditional fried chicken and the traditional riau asam pedas which mean sour and spicy.. must try when u go Pekanbaru

7. Rumah Makan Serba Nikmat

Jln. Riau No. 147, Pekanbaru 28155, Indonesia Waitstaff Asian, Indonesian Lunch +62 761 32285
Excellent
10%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Rumah Makan Serba Nikmat

Reviewed By Sigarfield - Jakarta, Indonesia

Visited this place during my business trip to Pekanbaru and love all menus that we tried. We had Udang Gala Bakar, Baung (only found in Riau) Fish cooked in spicy and sour soup and Salai Asap Balado (Smoked Fish with spicy sambal)...Be careful if you cannot stand with spicy food since it is really spicy hahahaha...Recommended!

8. Sushi Tei Pekanbaru

Jl. Soekarno Hatta no. 111, Pekanbaru 28292, Indonesia Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks +62 761 27678
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 48 reviews

Sushi Tei Pekanbaru

Sushi Tei's outlets are best known for their simple-yet-modern approach to its open kitchen concept, employing distinctive touches of Japanese culture. Sushi Tei's open kitchen allows its patrons to take a look at what's going on as their orders are being prepared. Sushi Tei is also proud to have become the first sushi restaurant in Indonesia to feature the characteristic sushi bar with a conveyor belt. Sushi Tei aims to provide an exceptional dining experience that exceeds the expectations of customers, by blending the authenticity of Japanese highly-praised taste and a signature touch of local flavor, with the highest level of service and comfort. Paying attention not only to taste, Sushi Tei focuses also on the quality of its food as well as service. To enhance the customers' confidence in dining, Sushi Tei has implemented the world-renowned HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) standard in its food safety management system. The standard guarantees the quality and safety of all food, especially the sashimi menu, served at all Sushi Tei outlets. Knowing that the HACCP is always in action, Sushi Tei customers can now enjoy their wonderful meals safely and wholesomely.

Reviewed By anton10186 - Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Many variance of sushi. Complete and clean. Delicious Big parking area. It's could be better. If the toilet area. Strick for no smoking area.

9. Kimteng

Jl. Jend Sudirman, Pekanbaru, Indonesia Cafe
Excellent
21%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Kimteng

Reviewed By jkaurranny - Jakarta

Liked the coffee and toast. Old place, full of advertising banners. Very crowded in the morning. Good luck finding empty table :)

10. Pempek & Es Palembang 628 Tini

Jln. Sisingamangaraja No. 99, Pekanbaru 28141, Indonesia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indonesian, Asian, Halal +62 761 42554
Excellent
20%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Pempek & Es Palembang 628 Tini

Reviewed By ciska_f - Jakarta, Indonesia

As the name implies, Pempek (fish cake in sour vinegar gravy with dried shrimp drizzle) and Es Palembang (shaved ice with red bean topping) are Palembang traditional dish & dessert. Recommend should you wish to try other Sumatran food (besides Pekanbaru's).

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