Top 10 Best Nasi Padang in Singapore
Nasi Padang is named after the city of Padang, the capital of the West Sumatra province in Indonesia. It’s a kaleidoscope of flavours from ingredients like lime, fresh chilli, coconut oil, lemongrass, tamarind and lengkuas (galangal root): The potpourri of meats, fishes, vegetables, usually pre-cooked, comes in all kinds of sambals and sauces, all of which is complemented with plain white rice. Are you ready for the full-bodied flavours of nasi padang? Tropika Club invites you to relish in the Top 10 Best Nasi Padang in Singapore.
These are Tropika Club’s very own aggregated rankings, or ‘rankings of rankings’. We collect information from a variety of sources to ascertain the final rankings here. This is further refined through consulting the TripAdvisor rankings to decide the position of the choices here when there’s a tie.
1. Warong Nasi Pariaman
Introduction: Warong Nasi Pariaman is believed to be the oldest surviving stall in the city to serve nasi padang. They have been opening their stall from the same spot since 1948 (save for a few months of major renovations in 2013).
Now, the second generation of the founder runs the shop, opening at 4 am to make sure all their dishes are ready for sale at 10 am.
But you don’t need a pretty penny for the delicious Hong Kong dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, they pride themselves on being affordable with their scrumptious dishes.
Offerings: Their beef rendang has reached the realm of legends, especially since they cook it without coriander and cumin, a common ingredient for the dish. Their sambal goreng (fried beancurd, fermented soybeans, and long beans) is another top choice, as is their ayam bakar (grilled chicken with coconut sauce). Their air bandung (evaporated milk with rose syrup) is a perfect way to end your meal.
Location: 738 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198706
Contact: +65 6292 5898
2. Pagi Sore Indonesian Restaurant
Introduction: A daughter of a small clothes retailer in the Riau Islands, Ms Liyana Kwan grew her humble nasi padang endeavour to a full-fledged restaurant. By fusing traditional Indonesian cooking techniques with Chinese methods, they have created a unique menu that imbibes beloved Indonesian dishes with new flavours. It’s no wonder they have legions of loyal customers.
Offerings: They serve scrumptious Indonesian fare, a la carte style. For your appetiser, consider the Ayam Bali, grilled boneless chicken brushed with sweet and spicy soy sauce, as well as the Tahu Telor – a crispy tower made of deep-fried beancurd and egg.
As for their mains, you can’t miss their Ikan Otah Kukus – leather jacket dish steamed under sweet potato leaf with a delicate marinade of coconut milk and spice paste.
Location: 88 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048470 |
Contact: +65 6225 6002
3. Hajah Maimunah Nasi Padang
Introduction: Before it became a renowned name in the Muslim Community, it used to provide catering for Hajj travellers that visits once a year in the 1990s. And they have come far, earning their place in the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore for the second time last year.
Offerings: They tout their flavoursome assortment of Signature Dishes for their restaurants and catering services. Their must-trys? The Sundanese Grilled Chicken, Lemak Siput (needle snails cooked with spiced coconut gravy.) and their selection of barbecued fish. Their Signature Dishes also include traditional favourites like Tahu Telur, Beef Rendang, Oxtail Soup, and Sambal Goreng.
Location: 11 & 15 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199078 | 20 Joo Chiat Road, #01-02, Singapore 427357
Contact: +65 6291 3132
4. Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang
Introduction: The dawn of Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang began back in the 1960s, as Haji Nasir Kiram moved out from his hometown in Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra to come to Singapore. Now it’s a fledging enterprise, serving Kapau-styled nasi padang through their stall at the Geylang Serai Market and their swanky three-storey restaurant at Circular Road.
Offerings: Their menu caters to the tastes of any palate, be it if it’s your friends or your family. Popular dishes include the Assam Pedas Fish, Lemak Daun Singkong, Brinjal Berlado, Chicken Sambal, Chicken Rendang, and Prawn Rendang.
Location: Geylang Serai Market (Stall 02-137), 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001 | 327 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427584
Contact: +65 6536 5302
5. Rumah Makan Minang
Introduction: This restaurant spans generations; their Kandahar Street restaurant is even on the official Singapore Tourism Board Heritage Trail. . Since 1954,, Rumah Makan Minang has been specialising in Indonesian Minangkabau cuisine. Now, two brothers Hazmi and Ariff run this storied legacy across two restaurants.
Offerings: Their golden Beancurd Prawn Rolls is satisfyingly crunchy and savoury. Their Signature Salted Egg Custard Pao is what people really come here for. The Steamed Carrot Cake is also another must-have.
Location: 18 & 18A Kandahar Street, 198884 | 1 Tampines Ave 4, Our Tampines Hub, #B1-47A., Singapore 528523
Contact: +65 6294 4805
6. Sari Ratu
Introduction: The setup of the restaurant may be simple, but the flavours here are fit for royals; even the coconut cream they use is freshly squeezed. The founder, originally from Padang, started the restaurant in Indonesia over 18 years ago. It might not look like it at first glance, but they have 18 outlets across Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Offerings: Indulge in their signature dishes: Ikan Pari, Gulai Telur Ikan, Sayur Sawi, Urap, Sayur Bayam, Sayur Kailan, and Sayur Lalap.
Location: 20 Pahang Street, Singapore 198617 | 304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, #02-107, Singapore 238863
Contact: +65 6294 9983
7. Sabar Menanti
Introduction: Another veteran of nasi padang at Kampong Glam, Sabar Menanti houses a formidable history. The founder, Haji Marlian first started selling from a small food stall over 57 years ago. After his passing in 1978, his children took over the business. At its height in 1998, the family owned altogether six restaurants. Today, the sole outlet remains at North Bridge Road.
Offerings: Their name is already a sign of what you need when you visit them: their name translates to ‘wait patiently’. Their signature breakfast items are nasi lemak, mee rebus, mee siam, and lontong.
Other queue-inducing menu items includes the barbecued fish, fried chicken, beef rendang, opor nangka (beef tripe and young jackfruit cooked in thick gravy), and dendeng balado (Baladao-style smoked meat).
Location: 747 North BRidge Rd, Singapore 198715
Contact: +65 6396 6919
8. Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee
Introduction: Rendezvous began as a popular hangout for British troops in the 1940s serving Western cuisine. As the Australian, New Zealand, and United Kingdom forces withdrew from Southeast Asia in the 1950s, the father of the current owners made the extraordinary move to scrap the Western foods from their menu and introduce Western Sumatran delights instead.
They have moved a few times from their original Bras Basah location. They’ve moved to their current outfit at The Central in 2010.
Offerings: Here are some of the tantalising creations at Rendezvous: Korma chicken breast, chicken rendang, beef rendang, fried chicken, sambal fried fish, curry fish, sambal goreng, sambal brinjal, sambal goreng, and sambal eggs.
Location: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817
Contact: +65 6339 7508
Introduction: Dive into the rich heritage of Indonesian cuisine with IndoChili. All of their exquisite offerings are orchestrated from traditional Indonesian recipes and infused with fresh spices. They’re certified Halal too so there’s something for everyone here.
Offerings: With one of the best Halal Indonesian menu in Singapore, you can certainly look forward to their Combo Bakaran, Tahu Telor, Sate Ayam Madura, Oxtail Soup, and Es Cendol.
To top off your luxurious meal, you can top up for a free flow of cocktails, beers, wines and bubbly too.
Contact: +65 6445 1766 (Zion Road Outlet)
10. Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant
Introduction: Indon artefact adorn their walls, but the atmosphere is laid-back. With its simple decor, you can truly relish their authentic Indonesian delights. Even the name of the restuarants points you to one of their dishes; its named after their melt0in-your-mouth chargrilled squid dish.
Offerings: Their Sate Madura (Jabvanese-style chicken skewers) has made a name for itself in both local and foreign publications, as did their namesake dish, Cumi Bali. Another highlight is their Ikan Bakar, which is top-grilled fish with an exotic infusion of 18 different spices. For a sweet ending to your meal, do not miss their Es Cendol.
Location: 66 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088487.
Contact: +65 6220 6619
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11. The Rice Table
Introduction: “Rijsttafel”, Dutch for rice table, is the inspiration behind the dining experience at The Rice Table, where the Dutch adapted to the Indonesian presentation of nasi padang. The dishes are set in “rechauds” (table warmers) that keeps your food constantly warm with heat, so you take your time to explore the full extent of the flavours in each dish. They add their own modern twist to the whole experinence: it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Offerings: The Rice Table goes back to basics, serving classics like Ikan Goreng, Tahu Telor, Sate Ayam, Beef Rendang, and Ayam Kalio. For all the Durian Lovers out there, be sure to check out their Durian Cendol.
Location: 360 Orchard Road, #02-09/10, International Building, Singapore 238869
Contact: +65 6835 3782
12. Warung M Nasir
Introduction: Perhaps the name rings a bell. Mohamad Nasir Mohamad (or M. Nasir), a Singaporean-Malaysian poet, singer-songwriter, actor and film director, heads up this Killiney dive.
Warung M Nasir refuses to compromise on their authentic recipes. The produce and ingredients are picked daily to ensure its freshness. The spices and herbs they use hare flown in direct from Indonesia. The result? Fresh Indonesian dishes available daily.
Offerings: Their affordable fare is a respite from all theTahu other glitzy restaurants up and down Orchard Road. Expect an assortment of nasi padang staples such as Beef Rendang, Tahu Telur, Assam Pedas Fish, Sambal Goreng, and Begedil.
Location: 69 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239526
Contact: +65 6734 6228
13. Ayam Penyet Ria Indonesian Restaurant
Introduction: Now, time for something a little different. Ayam Penyet, also an Indonesian dish, is where fried chicken is smashed with a wooden pestle served with fragrant rice, vegetables and magnificently spicy chilli sambal.
Keeping a stake on their name, their chicken is broiled in their special fusion of spices and herbs every morning, before being fried. Their commitment to freshness has allowed them to expand beyond their renowned fixture at Lucky Plaza to 4 other outlets across Singapore – a testament to their popularity and excellent quality.
Offerings: Besides their legendary Ayam Penyet, they also serve vibrant nasi padang staples like Ayam Bakar, Tahu Telur, and Oxtail Soup.
Location: They have 5 outlets in Singapore.
Contact: +65 6733 4336 (Far East Plaza outlet)
14. Yanti Nasi Padang
Introduction: Want a hearty, flavourful breakfast when you’re around Chinatown? Yanti Nasi Padang prepares their feast bright and early in the morning, prepared with handpicked, fresh spices.
Offerings: Their specials are Rendang Sapi.and Sambal Goreng. You can find Chicken Korma, Mutton Rendang, Terong Balado, Mee Bakso, and Sambal Petai.
Location: 45 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089149
Contact: +65 6324 9268
15. Istimewa Nasi Padang
Introduction: Residents of Bukit Merah will definitely know this hidden gem. Helmed by a husband and wife couple Mr Kamarolzaman and Mdm Hasni, Istimewa Nasi Padang has been serving their delicious home-style food since 1989.
Offerings: With their passion for authentic cooking, they tout their Beef Rendang, Sotong Sambal, Sambal Belacan, Fried Chicken, and their Nasi Ambeng Platters as their signature dishes.
Location: 28 Hoy Fatt Rd, Singapore 151028
Contact: +65 9630 1272
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