Explore Indonesia #8: Best Restaurants in Lombok + Gili Islands

I am finally back in Jakarta after two fulfilling weeks in Singapore. Time spent in Singapore always passes by so fast; there’s so much to do and so many people to meet but so little time. I’ll update on my SG trip in another post soon.

As promised, here’s a list of restaurants you may want to check out if you’re headed to Lombok or the Gili Islands. Lombok was exceptional in so many ways, especially when it came to meal times. Good food, amazing ambience/setting — all without burning a hole in your pocket.

Asmara Restaurant & Lounge

Located along Jl. Raya Senggigi (10 minutes by foot from Sheraton), Asmara Restaurant & Lounge was our first stop for lunch. Both Agent D and I hadn’t eaten anything since boarding the plane and boy were we hungryyy!

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Asmara Restaurant & Lounge.

The restaurant has a garden theme and its entrance is surrounded by tropical greens. Fresh kitchen herbs grow alongside the stairs leading up to the building.

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Lovin’ the greens.

You can either choose to dine outdoors or in open rooms. With the sweltering afternoon heat, we chose the latter option (though I think it’d be nice dining outdoors in the evening).

It was pretty quiet during lunch time, which was good for us. Agent D and I ordered the ‘Sasak Rijsttafel’ set for 2 (IDR 125K/pax) which consists of 7 different items.

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A local specialty – Sasak Rijstafel set for 2.

Just beside the restaurant on the same grounds, there is a shop selling art pieces. You can browse around whilst waiting for your food to come (I did just that).

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Good value for money dining @ Asmara.

If you’re staying in the Senggigi area, Asmara offers a free ‘pick-up & drop-off’ service by car. Simply ring them up to make arrangements for them to pick you from your hotel + bring you back after your visit. (Most restaurants in Senggigi offer this awesome service!).

Location: Jl. Raya Senggigi, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara 83355.


Lotus Bayview Restaurant

Lotus Bayview Restaurant is tucked just behind Pasar Seni (Art Market) fronting the beach.

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Lotus Bayview Restaurant.

It has a charming antique interior with pretty porcelain plates hung up on the walls, blue-tiled flooring, and flower-tiled tables.

You can choose to either eat inside or enjoy the sand between your feet outside. Situated only a few meters from the shoreline, you can actually see Bali’s Mount Agung on a clear day!

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Outdoor seating on the beach.

Agent D and I deliberately made a reservation for 5.30pm so that we could enjoy the sunset over dinner. Coupled with a gentle sea breeze, the entire setting was lovely and so peaceful.

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Waiting for the sun to set!

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Five minutes before the sun went down.

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Finally, the sun setting over the sea.

The restaurant serves a great variety of freshly prepared pizza and pasta as well as local Indonesian fare. Since we had Indonesian cuisine for lunch, we decided to go Western for dinner.

Everything was delish except the banana split, where the strawberry ice-cream tasted funny. :/

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A memorable evening.

Witnessing a stunning sunset from Lotus Bayview while indulging in our yummy food will always be a fond memory of our Lombok stay.

Location: Senggigi Beach Art Center complex, Batu Layar, Kabupaten Lombok Barat, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83355.


Karma Beach Gili Meno

After snorkelling around the Gilis for the first half of the day, our boatman dropped us off at Gili Meno for lunch. Among the three Gili Islands, the most passive island retreat has to be Meno with its hushed and laidback atmosphere.

We initially wanted to check out Mahamaya Boutique Resort Restaurant. However, as it was on the other side of the island (and we only had about 1+ hour for lunch), we took refuge from the heat at Karma Beach Gili Meno instead.

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Karma Beach Gili Meno Restaurant.

Karma Beach Gili Meno is a beachfront restaurant uniquely consisting of all-bamboo structures and grass-roofed rotundas. We requested to sit in a private hut, and the waiter kindly obliged us.

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Beachfront restaurant.

The kitchen at Karma Beach Gili Meno features Mediterranean delights, as well as both traditional Indonesian and international cuisine.

We loved their fat truffle fries, which was the first to arrive. By the time my seafood pasta came, I was already half full. The rest of the food was good but nothing exceptional (perhaps due to my satiety?).

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Two shades darker with our food.

Nevertherless, we had a good lunch at Karma Beach Gili Meno. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a restaurant not too far from Gili Meno’s main anchorage.

Location: Gili Meno island, Pemenang, Gili Indah, Pemenang, Kabupaten Lombok Utara, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83352.


The Ballroom Restaurant

The Ballroom Restaurant is part of the Puri Mas resort in Lombok. Its name is derived from the De Rijk family’s long-time love affair with Ballroom dance. We happened to come by on Thursday evening (their designated ‘local culture’ night) and were entertained by live singing and dancing.

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The Ballroom Restaurant, Puri Mas resort.

Boasting a beachfront location with unobstructed ocean views of Bali, the restaurant is a fabulous place to indulge in a romantic sunset cocktail with your significant other.

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So romantik!

You can dine in or out, and choose from a menu consisting of seafood specialties and Indonesian cuisine.

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Main dance floor.

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Restaurant’s warm interior.

We got a very nice table right in front of the sea. The candle light, beautifully presented tables with crisp linen, fresh flowers and the sound of the ocean added to the entire atmosphere. (perfect for a couple’s date night *hint guys*)

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Eagerly anticipating my dinner after a day out snorkelling.

Although the waiter recommended the chef’s Indonesian traditional Rijsttafel menu, we decided to order a mix of Indonesian and Western dishes instead.

The food was cooked to perfection and the service was outstanding. We’d definitely visit again if we make it back to Lombok.

The Ballroom Restaurant also offers a free ‘pick-up & drop-off’ service by car. Just let them know when you call to make your reservation!

Location: Puri Mas Beach Resort, Jl. Raya Mangsit Beach, Senggigi, Kabupaten Lombok Barat, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83355.


Casa Vintage Beach Cafe

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Casa Vintage Beach Cafe.

Casa Vintage Beach Cafe is one of the cutest bohemian outdoor cafes I’ve seen. Set in the middle of shady trees right by the beach, it is the perfect place for winding down with a book.

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Incredibly idyllic all-day island hangout.

I love the fact that Casa Vintage is located away from the the rowdier ‘party’ side of Gili Trawangan. The entire place is super tranquil and quiet.

To find this hidden gem, cycle/walk towards the west ‘sunset’ side of the island (near Sunset Stables). You’ll see a bicycle parking bay on the right side and the restaurant on your left.

At Casa Vintage, you get to bask in the luxury of doing nothing but eating, sip a refreshing coconut, take a short nap on a hammock, enjoy the sunset, build a sandcastle, or even have a picnic on one of their comfy rugs with pillows. #lifeisgood

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Surrounded by nature.

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What’s a beach without coconuts!

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Such a pretty setting.

Their menu has a focus on Caribbean cuisine; although not extensive, the food was good. We did have to wait quite a while for our food though. But most importantly, the view + atmosphere = simply amazing.

We left with our tummies and hearts full. ❤

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Lovely lunch by the beach at Casa Vintage.

Location: Sunset Side, Front Rd, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.


Quali Asian Seafood Restaurant

Our last dinner in Lombok was at Quali Seafood Restaurant within the grounds of Qunci Villas. (After walking around the premises of Qunci Villas, I’ve decided that I’ll want to stay here for my next Lombok trip heh.)

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Elegant interior of Quali Seafood Restaurant.

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Indoor seating.

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Buffet option available for dinner.

With calm waves lapping at the shores in front of you, and Mount Agung of Bali rising on the horizon, this restaurant is another stunning place to dine in and relax.

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Outdoor seating along the beach.

The kitchen serves mainly Asian food and seafood (duh), with flavours from all over Asia cooked in many different ways. As it was our last meal in Lombok (SOBS), we kinda compensated for our sadness by over-ordering. #itsoktogrowfatONLYonholiday

All the food ordered came beautifully presented and cooked well. My favourite was the chocolate volcano – the molten lava chocolate that oozed out paired perfectly with the ice-cream and strawberries on the side. Yum.

As with most other Lombok restaurants, the service was exemplary.

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A great close to our stay in Lombok.

Don’t forget to request for the free ‘pick-up & drop-off’ service if you need it! 🙂

Location: Qunci Villas, JL. Raya Mangsit, Senggigi, Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Bar.


I really hope you enjoy your stay in Lombok and her glorious food. I’m already missing Lombok as I type this.

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