Travelers with a taste for tasty Javanese bakso (meatball soup) should head to Bakso Arema Cak Brewok on Jl. Mahakam Lingkar Barat – Bengkulu. Warung bakso Arema Cak Brewok is simple, clean, open air eatery serving excellent eastern Javanese meatball soup, cold soft drinks and icy fresh fruit juices locally known as “es juice” (Rp. 6,000). A bowl of bakso cost Rp. 12,000 or US$ 1.20
According to many serious bakso fans, bakso Cak Brewok is considered the best bakso in town. It has a reputation for serving tasty bakso better than anyone else in Bengkulu. As this place is often packed with bakso fans, the food is cooked and eaten quite quickly and is not reheated. Come and have some!!
Favorite Dish: I love the bakso with crispy fried bakso, it only can be found in Bakso Arema Cak Brewok and its official branches in Bengkulu province.
Seafood fans should head straight to the fine “Sembam Ikan Marola” on Jalan Pariwisata Pantai Berkas – Bengkulu(around 10 minutes walk from Horison hotel to Berkas beach). Marola serves a good range of local dishes, fresh drinks and tasty seafood at reasonable prices. It has quite specious space, clean and quiet rooms with fine view over the Berkas beach.
A small and simple night warung (food stall) “Bak Mie Surabaya” serves tasty and cheap Indonesian dishes like fried rice, Magelangan, fried noodles, kwetiau, capacay. Mains from Rp. 11,000 to Rp. 13,000. The warung is clean and ideal for sampling some noodle dishes.
There are other tens of night roadside food stalls just off Natadirja street, Mahakam street and Sutoyo street that serve up fresh and pretty cheap Indonesian meals like fried rice, bakso (meatball soup), tekwan, pempek (a mixture of sago, fish and seasoning that is formed into balls and deep fried and served with a spicy sauce), fried noodles, chicken wonton soup, nasi uduk, sate and etc for around Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 15,000 (less than US $ 2).
Favorite Dish: I like the fried rice. It's tasty
A clean western-themed restaurant serving tasty Indonesian dishes as well as beef burger, popular with local families and teenagers. Open 09 am – 10 pm. Mains from Rp. 12,500. It is a good place to retreat from the heat for a cold drink, a good selection of Indonesian food and some European dishes.
Favorite Dish: My pick: Kangkung noodles and cold cappuccino.
KFC is located at Suprapto shopping complex (jl. Suprapto) nearby the Jamik mosque, serves up mostly American fast food. It is open from 08:00 am to 22:00 pm all week including Sundays. It is comfortably air-conditioned and is the most famous American fast food restaurant in town for the locals. Most food is tasty and prices are reasonable, dishes from Rp. 10,000.
Favorite Dish: I love to have some twisters, friend chicken and Pepsi cola. They are very tasty.
Buffet Kubang on Jl. Sudirman (nearby Jamik Mosque) is the right place for people who like spicy food to try Egyptian Martabak filled with vegetables and beef served with sweet chili sauce (Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 15,000 for one portion). Buffet Kubang also serves nasi goreng (fried rice) for Rp. 10,000 which less spicy than martabak. Soft drinks are available too.
Favorite Dish: I love to have nasi goreng (fried rice) and coffemilk, it's cheap and it is really good.