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6 Unique Dining Experiences You Should Have when in Surabaya


Surabaya is the capital of the  East Java province. Located at the mouth of the Brantas River, this city is an ideal base camp to explore the magnificent Mount Bromo, Malang the Apple City and the spellbinding "blue fire" of Ijen Crater, or admire the ancient ruins of the once-powerful Majapahit kingdom.

People believe that the name Surabaya is derived from the words "suro" (shark) and"boyo" (crocodile), two creatures who according to local folklore fought each other to be the strongest and most powerful animal. Others believe "Surabaya" is short for the Javanese words "sura ingbaya", meaning "bravely facing danger".

It is the second most populated city in Indonesia. A modern metropolitan, industrial city, and business center in the eastern part of Java Island, and hub to East Indonesia.

City life here is always vivid and exciting, with numerous choices for entertainment and culinary feasts. Splurge to a new height and experience memorable dining in some of the most delicious food havens in Surabaya.

1 | Dream of Kahyangan Art Resto

Puri Widya Kencana LL 05, Citraland

Kahyangan means paradise. Every bit of the restaurant conveys a unique message. The architecture is a mix of traditional Javanese with Chinese influence. The restaurant serves local foods but gives them attractive names, so you may want to ask your Indonesian-speaking friend to translate. Try the Bandeng Mimpi Pelesir 1001 Malam, translated as 'The Milkfish's Dream of Travelling for 1001 Nights'. The whole restaurant captures the charm of village-style cuisine to make you feel as if you are dining among locals. Don't be surprised with the jumbo-sized drinks, such as jumbo iced tea and jumbo coconut drink.

2 | Jamoo

Jl. Mayjen Sungkono 120, Shangri-La Hotel, Level 1, Surabaya 60189

Located inside the Shangri-la Hotel, Jamoo offers an array of food ranging from Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, to other Western menus.

The ambiance is modern and cozy, a perfect fit for an all-you-can-eat session. Jamoo is very famous because of its fine food quality. It's also an ideal venue for special family dinners and birthday celebrations. You don't want to miss their selection of desserts made with so many alluring styles to pamper your sweet tooth!

3 | Arumanis

Jl. Basuki Rachmad 106-128, Bumi Surabaya City Resort, Surabaya 60271

Pasar BiSCR is a one-stop food-tainment that will offer you a wide range of culinary selection with a cozy ambiance. It is home to three restaurants: Arumanis-Siti Inggil-Kizahashi. 

Arumanis is an excellent choice for a local buffet lunch or dinner surrounded by a plethora of signature street foods typical to Surabaya. It has beautiful interior settings in modern Javanese style with a nice outdoor venue even for an intimate rendezvous. Besides the local menu, delectable international dishes are also perfectly served. Join the outdoor festivities at the Siti Inggil, as they serve plenty of scrumptious local succulents. Try the rujak cingur or 'ox-nose salad' and sip on the traditional beverage of jamu — a healthy natural herbal recipe to boost your energy.

4 | De Soematra 1910

Jl. Sumatra 75, Surabaya 60281

Opulence and elegance are the first words that come to mind about this restaurant. With impressive decoration inside a beautifully preserved old house, De Soematra is perfect for that private fine dining for an extra special celebration, serving a delectable list of Western and Chinese food options under a romantic atmosphere of crystal chandeliers. 

You can try the set menu that consists of Pan Fried Baby Lobster with Ratatouille, Spicy Tomato, Eggplant caviar & basil oil along with the signature dessert of De Soematra chocolate trilogy or tasty bite-size cakes named Petit Fours. This place is also famous for their flower arrangements, greeting you with a graceful grand welcome with a fantastic choice of buds and blooms.

5 | The Pavilion International Restaurant

Jl. Embong Malang 85-89, JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya 60261

The Pavilion International Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the JW Marriott hotel in Surabaya.

6 Unique Dining Experiences You Should Have when in SURABAYA

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It is an upscale all-you-can-eat venue, offering a variety of dishes from local to Asian and Western. It has an exquisite colonial interior, with a round central raised area highlighted by the iconic central dome. Try sitting at the outer ring of tables so the food buffet is easily accessible.

6 | 1914 Surabaya

Jl. Darmokali No.10, Keputran, Tegalsari, Surabaya 60241

This charming old colonial building was once the French Cultural Centre. Today it is a one-stop culinary and beverage haven.

1914 features an extended list of whiskey and a cigar lounge, a rum bar, a wine cellar, a  martini bar, a beer bar, a steak restaurant, and a Japanese and Mexican restaurant. You can choose to spend an entire day in this extensive facility that comprises of several bars and restaurants.

If you love lounging at the bar, this is the place to linger, with superb choices such as this warm setting at The Consulate. 

So, are you ready to explore the wonderful choices created by Surabaya's finest master chefs? Don't forget to make reservations prior to your visit, to ensure a smooth event of your food fiesta!