Banda Aceh Restaurants

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    Caswell: Caswell

    by Rinjani Updated Feb 13, 2008

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    It is a franchise coffee shop. If you missed western food such as good sandwiches and taste of franchise coffee. Or if you miss sitting in a quiet corner, reading a book or checking your emails, so Caswell is right place for you. My other favorite things about caswell, is their lattee, friendly staffs and yes, books!! Caswell this day provide books that you can read while you sip your coffee. Or, if you are Banda Aceh residence like me and know them quite well, you get privilege to borrow and read them at home.

    Favorite Dish: Chef salad and their seasonal promotion.

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    Country Steak: Country Steak

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    It is also situated in Peunayong. They have quite nice steak and nice atmosphere. The restaurant is quite small so that think again if you would like to have private conversation and decide to do it here. They have hotspot and also provide one laptop for people who wish to connect with a net.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken steak

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    Simpang Mesra: Best "fresh catch of the day"

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    Simpang Mesra is a eating place, well known as place for Ikan Bakar (barbeque fish) in the afternoon and evening. Along the road, you can find several places serving Ikan Bakar.
    My favorite is Awak Awai.
    I like the area and enjoying te breeze from the river. The government is now building pedestrian, plant more trees and constructs several resting places. It makes the area more pleasant.

    Favorite Dish: Fish, squid and prawn! fresh catch from the sea in the morning

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    Solong: Best Ulee Kareng Coffee

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    Though Ulee Kareng is well known as place for good coffee and it has many coffee shops along the road, but Solong is still stand out among the coffee crowd. Though the place can be very hot during the day, but it always has a good loyal crowd to enjoy coffee. Try a black coffee, or opt for Acehnese version of coffee latte (black coffee with thick layer of milk—though this is condensed sweetened milk) They have variety of snacks and this is usually nice.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee, sanger and snacks

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    My Bread: My Bread

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    My Bread gets the attention of young people who missed to hang out in nice place but affordable. Since it opens its shop in prime location in the city, serving wide variety of bread, now the place also serves dine-in. They have home-made ice cream and pretty good bun.

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    Imperial Kitchen: Imperial Kitchen

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    Imperial Kitchen is quite popular for two reasons: food and friendly owner who is service oriented. They have good selection mix of Chinese and Indonesian food. I like their deer black pepper, also Udang Tiga Rasa (prawns in three different taste). Other good news is they accept major credit card.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite is Ayam Pandan, Udang Tiga Rasa, Rusa Lada Hitam

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    Banda Seafood: Banda Seafood

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    Though Banda Seafood is out of league for those restaurants which renew and redecorating their places as result of big omzet, Banda seafood continues to provide good selection of food. The restaurant was one of the very few restaurants open after tsunami 2004 and it became hit in the town. The restaurant is humble in decoration and service, though the food is good. Try their beef black pepper. It is very nice.

    Favorite Dish: Try Sapi Lada Hitam (Beef Black pepper), it's spicy

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    Rex: Rex

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    If you wish to have street food selections, eating under the sky at night (minus raining), you definitely have to try Rex in Peunayong area. Rex is a square of place which surrounded by different food seller. Selections are satay, martabak, nasi and mie goreng, also they have boiled oyster, beef satay, etc. Rex is opposite of Hotel Medan.

    Favorite Dish: satay, martabak, nasi and mie goreng

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    Mie Razali: Crabs noodle, Anyone?

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    My first visit to Mie Razali left a good memory of big pile of noodles and a huge crab hidden under them. I ordered mie Kepiting (crab noodles). It is very tasty and heavy. Then I learned something. To make it less scary, you can order crab separately from your noodle plate.
    My second visit, I ordered combination of prawn and meat. Not so favorable if you have high cholesterol, but the noodles are tasty and yummy!

    Favorite Dish: Crab noodle or mie kepiting

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    Pace Bene: Pace Bene

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    The restaurant situated in Peunayong claimed itself to be an Italian restaurant. The restaurant has a nice ambient in the evening, with candles and dining out under sky. It gives refreshing atmosphere (and romantic too) that makes this restaurant is well known among the expatriates working in Aceh. The menu is different everyday, and they will not give you menu book, instead, two people will carry a blackboard with day list of menu.

    Favorite Dish: Their daily selection is pretty good

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    Hasan: Hasan

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    This eating spot can be very crowded during lunch and dinner time. Hasan is situated in Darussalam, next to the river. The special menu is Gule Kambing (lamb curry) serves with other dishes such as roasted beef with slices of chilly, onion and soya sauce.

    Favorite Dish: Lamb curry

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    Lamnyong: Lamnyong

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    The restaurant is situated just before Lamnyong bridge. It serves Acehnese and Indonesian food. The restaurant can organize meeting or seminar package. The food is nice, though you better not in a desperate hungry when you come here. It takes a while before it comes to your table.

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    Cibiuk: Sundanese taste in Aceh

    by Rinjani Written Feb 13, 2008

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    Cibiuk serves Sunadanese food such as rice wrapped in banana leave. You can opt for baked wrapped rice, or just plain steamed rice. And you can try rice with fermented bean wrapped in banana leaves. Another nice dish to try is their barbeque fish and variety of sambal.

    Favorite Dish: Sambal and Gurame cobek

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  • Pace Bene: Brunch is served!

    by Verve76 Written Nov 13, 2008

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    Pace Bene has moved to a new location. Jl. Bhakti No.33A &33B, Kampung Laksana, Banda Aceh. Tel: 0651-31035.

    They are now opened for brunch on saturdays. Lunch is served on the ground floor which was cooling even with the sun out. Dinner is served on the third floor, roof-top garden. Very relaxed surrounding.

    Favorite Dish: I was pleasantly surprised to find a good Italian restaurant in Banda Aceh. We had a seafood risotto (which was very well-done ) and a red snapper with lime butter sauce (comes with a good serving of deep-fried potatoes and sauteed vegetables).

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    Night food market: Dining out

    by theo1006 Updated Feb 1, 2011

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    The Banda Aceh Tourist Authority (Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kota Banda Aceh) provided us with a Banda Aceh Culinar Guide. The booklet lists some two dozen specialties with attractive pictures, and we set out to try some. Alas, where to get these dishes? The list of restaurants in the booklet was not very helpful, where we inquired most specialties were not on the menu!

    Some that we would have liked to try and could not find, are:
    Ayam Tangkap = chicken fried with traditional herbs
    Sie Masak Puteh = beef cooked with coconut milk, chili and traditional herbs.
    Gule Pliek U = mixed vegetables including mlinjo nuts and leaves, cooked with fermented coconut.

    Some small restaurants indeed did serve the following, but not as tasty as might be inferred from the guide booklet:
    Ikan Kayu = dried tuna fish boiled in coconut milk and spices.
    Udeueng Teupeuleumak = shrimps cooked with coconut milk, herbs and green chili.
    At the Rex Peunayong food court facing Hotel Medan they serve a.o.:
    Nasi Briani = rice steamed with sauce, meat and herbs.

    But in the end we preferred to have supper at the night food market, a few paces north from Hotel Medan. Here one can get grilled fish, and the more common dishes like satay and nasi goreng. And of course the specialty Mie Aceh (spicy noodles mixed with shrimp, crab, egg or beef; much spicier than a Javanese mie goreng).

    Like the Rex food court, the night food market opens by nightfall, then they start setting up the stalls. Which means they are open for business around 7pm.

    Favorite Dish: Mie Aceh, Rp 10,000

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