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10 Must-Try Batam Food Places For Cheap Seafood, Layer Cakes And More

9th September 2022

Best Batam food places

When it comes to budget overseas trips, the most cited place to visit—aside from Johor Bahru, of course—is Batam. The Indonesian city is just a ferry ride away from us, and the hotel, shopping, and food costs tend to be much lower than in Singapore. If you’re thinking of going on a trip but aren’t sure of what to eat there, this guide of the best food places in Batam will come in handy.

1. Mie Terempa’k


Mie tarempa is a noodle dish that’s quintessential to Batam. It’s similar to mee goreng, but with flatter, chewier noodles, and a reddish hue—a dead giveaway for its intense spicy kick.

One of the best places to get mie tarempa in Batam is Mie Terempa’k. While you can get a plain plate of mie tarempa for just IDR18,000, we recommend you try one with some meat. There’s the Mie Tarempa Sapi (Rp 22,000+/~S$2+), which features beef, and the Mie Tarempa Seafood (Rp 22,000+/~S$2+), which has prawns, squid, and fishcake strewn throughout the dish.

You can choose from three levels of “wetness” for your noodles: dry, moist, and wet, the last of which sees the noodles drenched in an almost soup-like sauce.

Address: Ruko Royal Sincom, Blk. D No.15 – 16, Tlk. Tering, Kec. Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29431, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 10pm
Tel: +62 778-465910
Mie Terempa’k is a halal-certified eatery.

2. Abun Cha Kue


Fans of our local fried carrot cake should give Abun Cha Kue’s renditions a try. Found in a quaint coffeeshop, the stall’s Cha Kue (Rp 18,000/~S$1.70) makes for superb black chai tow kway, especially with its sweet dark soy sauce and sizable chunks of carrot cake.

But what truly sets the stall apart is its Cha Kue 3T (Rp 18,000/~S$1.70), a dish that combines carrot cake, yellow noodles, and kway teow! Wok hei permeates this dish, making it superb street food fare.

Address: 42P6+259, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 1pm
Abun Cha Kue is a halal-certified eatery.

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3. Martabak Bangka Ceria


When it comes to sweet martabak—also known as min jiang kueh in Singapore—few stalls in Batam are as iconic as Martabak Bangka Ceria. Their fluffy pancakes tend to be quite sinful, with tons of condensed milk and other ingredients used to make these highly buttery and fragrant snacks. Each box of martabak gets you a large serving of pancakes, too.

For a classic flavour, get the Martabak Manis Kacang (Rp 40,000/~S$3.80), which has an aromatic peanut filling. Those who have a sweet tooth can opt for the Martabak Manis Keju + Coklat (Rp 51,000/~S$4.80), featuring the tried-and-tested combination of cheese and chocolate. And if you’d like something similar but with a nuttier flavour, give the Martabak Nutella (Rp 85,000/~S$8) a shot.

Address: Jl. Laksamana Bintan No.12b, Sungai Panas, Kec. Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29433, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 11pm
Martabak Bangka Ceria is a halal-certified eatery.

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4. Love Seafood Batam Centre


It’s not a Batam trip without a nice seafood dinner. Love Seafood Batam Centre is a popular choice for many tourists, and it’s easy to see why. The restaurant is spacious and comfortable, and the prices won’t break the bank.

Many dishes, such as the Chilli Crab (from Rp 260,000+/~S$24.50+), Salted Egg Prawns (Rp 65,000+/~S$6.10+), and Thai Style Fish (Rp 168,000+/~S$15.90+), will surely appeal to the tastebuds of Singaporeans. The size of certain seafood may be a little small for some—we thought the crabs weren’t sufficiently meaty—so you may want to look elsewhere if you value quality over affordability.

Address: Kompleks Mahkota Raya, Jl. Raja H. Fisabilillah No.12B, Teluk Tering, Batam Kota, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 11pm
Tel: +62 823-6111-8881
Love Seafood Batam Centre is a halal-certified eatery.

5. Kedai Kopi Medan


Nasi lemak isn’t the cheapest local dish around, but in Batam, you can get a superb plate of it—with great dishes to boot—for under S$3. For instance, nasi lemak with chicken rendang, fried mackerel, and sambal goreng, cost us a mere Rp 22,000/~S$2 at Kedai Kopi Medan. We thought the coconut rice was wonderfully fragrant, and the chicken rendang juicy and piquant.

Address: Jl. Imam Bonjol-Nagoya No.17, Lubuk Baja Kota, Kec. Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 3pm
Kedai Kopi Medan is a halal-certified eatery.

6. Bakmie Bangka Asan 2323


Bakmie Bangka Asan 2323 serves mie bangka, a traditional noodle dish from Bangka Island. The difference is that the stall prepares their mie bangka with pork, rather than chicken. A bowl of Mie (Rp 22,000/~S$2) gets you a generous serving of springy and savoury noodles with a pile of well-marinated minced pork. You can complement that with Sangsui (Rp 27,000/~S$2.60), a garlicky pork-based soup with ingredients such as pork belly, liver, and even blood curd.

Address: Ruko Pasar Mitra Raya Blok F No. 15, Teluk Tering, Batam Kota, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2pm
Bakmie Bangka Asan 2323 is not a halal-certified eatery.

7. Diana Layer Cakes

batam-guide-diana-layerImage credit: Diana Layer Cakes Batam

Layer cakes, or kueh lapis, are must-buys in Batam due to their affordability. Diana Layer Cakes, a bakery with over a decade of experience, offers their intricate cakes from just Rp 150,000/~S$14.20. They’re also known for their Prunes Layer Cake (from Rp 175,000/~S$16.50), which incorporates dried plum into the buttery treat.

Address: Taman Seruni Indah Blok G No. 10, Tlk. Tering, Kec. Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 5pm
Tel: +62 778-466906
Diana Layer Cakes is a halal-certified eatery.

8. Amare Ristorante Italiano

batam-guide-amareImage credit: @swissleee

For delectable Italian fare, Amare Ristorante Italiano fits the bill nicely. A plate of Spaghetti Bolognese will set you back just Rp 85,000+/~S$8+, while a more lavish pasta dish such as the Fettuccine Truffle Norcina will cost you Rp 130,000+/~S$12.30. Pizzas, meanwhile, start from Rp 95,000+/~S$9.

Address: Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: +62 812-6015-150
Amare Ristorante Italiano is not a halal-certified eatery.

9. Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant

batam-guide-habour-bay-seafoodImage credit: @mroova_rigman

Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant is another well-known place to get your seafood fix in Batam. The restaurant overlooks the sea, and has live bands performing at night, making it a great place to unwind with friends and family over good grub.

Prices for the more luxurious seafoods vary according to the season, but you should definitely go for dishes such as the Salted Egg Crab and Black Pepper Crayfish.

Address: The Promenade Blok 8E, Harbour Bay Downtown Jl. Duyung Sei Jodoh, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 11pm
Tel: +62 778-7415-188
Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.

10. Nagoya Hill Food Street


Located inside Nagoya Hill Mall, one of Batam’s most established malls, is Nagoya Hill Food Street. It’s an indoor food street sprawled out in all four directions, with plenty of eateries and restaurants to dine at. From fast food such as A&W and Wendy’s, to restaurants including Duck Kitchen and Ayam Penyet Ria, there’s something for everyone at this famed food street.

Address: Nagoya Hill Food Street #V7-8, Jl. Teuku Umar, Lubuk Baja Kota, Kec. Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm

Batam food guide

There’s plenty of affordable and delicious food to try in Batam. This guide narrowed down a list of 10 Batam food places to choose from, so your next trip won’t be short on yummy meals. If you’re planning a trip to JB instead, have a look at our 18 Johor Bahru hawker food stalls guide or our 15 Johor Bahru cafes guide.

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Photos taken by Melvin Mak.

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