Toraja in the highlands of Sulawesi is one of the famous tourism spots in Indonesia. This place is remarkably beautiful, so much so that even a ten hour bus journey from Makassar will not stop tourist from visiting this beautiful region. Yet it is not only the beautiful scenery that should amaze tourists, it is also the delicious food from the highlands that should also be appreciated.
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I would like to share with you my top five restaurant in Toraja that you should definitely give a try if you ever visit here. Oh, by the way, anyone who loves pork and buffalo will have a party here!
5. Cafe Aras
You can easily recognize cafe Aras from outside, it is unique and different. They are doing a great job with the decoration, but too bad they were not that great on serving the customer. The food not so tasty and we need to wait quite a while until the food came out.
However, despite this, this is a great place to chill out in the evening and meet up with locals. A lot of local guides actually gather here (no worries they will not harm you) and are always for having a chat with tourists and maybe even serenading you. It’s also very valuable place to get information about the not so touristy attractions in Tana Toraja. Located on A. Mappanyuki street No. 64, Rantepao.
4. Pong Buri’
This is one of the best places if you want to taste local food from Toraja. Make sure to come early lunch, because as soon as all of the food is gone the restaurant closes and Pong Tiku gets very busy at lunch time. Located on Emi Sailan street No. 1, Rantepao.
3. Bambu Restaurant
The Banbu restaurant is located outside Rantepao, located on Sanggala’ Street, this big restaurant has a very beautiful view. The easiest way to find the restaurant is to look out for the mosque that is opposite it (there are almost no mosques around, so it is very easy to find in Toraja).
Besides the very friendly staff and the beautiful view, the Bambu restaurant serves very tasty food and drink. I especially loved the buffalo satay, it was so tender and tasty! You almost didn’t have to chew, it really melted in the mouth. The kangkung (water spinach) is also great and don’t forget to taste their juicy tasty tamarillo juice.
2. Riman Restaurant
Riman restaurant is located not so far away from Cafe Aras and next to Rimiko restaurant. When they served me a free desert they succeeded in winning my heart. Who is not going to be really happy gets something sweet that you didn’t even order?
My friend suggested trying their classic pork cook prasmanan. It comes in very large portions and is really delicious. They also make a Torajan speciality, pork cooked in bamboo, but you need to order this dish in advance!
1. Mambo Restaurant
Mambo restaurant is located right in the center of Rantepao (DR Sam Ratulangi street No. 34), but not on the main street. This means you will not have the sound of traffic to disturb your dinner. The restaurant is also clean and they have stable wifi, tasty food and drinks; all a plus. The staff (and the owner) are really friendly.
I would recommend the tasty Kangkung hot plate and the hot lemon tea with lemongrass. It’s great cold weather food.