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The food scene in Kalimantan bears fewer similarities to the surrounding Borneo region. Yet, it offers a diverse dining experience for a foodie like no other. Occupying two-thirds of Borneo region, Kalimantan is dominated by the presence of Malay Indonesians, Chinese and Dayak ethnic groups who boast of their own specialities and extensive platter. Many tourists prefer to visit places where they can get to choose between local Indonesian cream of the crop as well as Western regulars. However, those who are ready to the extra step forward and experiment can visit the night stalls (belauran) along Jalan Niaga Utara in South Kalimantan and Gunung Kawi, Pasar Klandasanand Jalan Pranoto in East Kalimantan. Street food is also best found at Jalan Gajah Mada and Jalan Kasumayuda in West and Central Kalimantan respectively.

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While in Kalimantan, don’t forget to taste the succulent seafood prepared in coconut milk and strong spices, served with accompanying rice. Ask for the local liquor to finish off the traditional meal if you want enjoy a genuine, satisfying Indonesian experience. Those who prefer to stay restricted to Western and fast food will find lots of options at KFC, and Danny's Fast Food centres.

Below are few of the top-notch restaurants in Kalimantan where you’ll be assured of delicious meals and the choicest of picks.

Grand Palace Restaurant

Grand Palace Restaurant is famous for Indonesian cuisine and should be visited if you want to satisfy your curiosity about the local gastronomy and flavours.

Address: Mitra Plaza, 4th Fl Jl. Pangeran Antasari, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tel: +62 511 326 6010

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Bondy's

Bondy’s rests on its laurels as one of the sought after the restaurants in Kalimantan. The restaurant finds high end clientele and expats visit the restaurant to taste delicious, juicy steaks and Indonesian characteristic dishes.

Address: Jln Ahmad Yani Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tel: +65 542 424 285

Cazasuki Italian Steakhouse

The name suggests the cuisine, which obviously is Italian. But it also offers a variety of fusion food ranging from satay, steaks, burgers, shabu-shabu and sauerbraten and other tantalizing delicacies.

Address: Jln Nusa Indah III, Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tel: +62 561 733 420

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Cendrawasih

Located along the Jln Pangeran Samudera next to another top restaurant, Haji Ananag Soto, Cendrawasih serves flavoursome Banjar cuisine. Pick a protein of your choice – chicken, seafood and grill it with a variety of Banjar sauces.

Address: Jln Pangeran Samudera, Banjarmasin, Cempaka, South Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tel: +62 511 436 4230

Haji Ananag Soto

This small unpretentious warung eatery amazingly serves good food at budget price. Remember to arrive early as the place can get jam packed at mealtime. Taste traditional fare like soto banjar, lontong, and spicy sambal.

Address: Jln Pangeran Samudera Cempaka between Jln Haryono and Jln Anang Andenansi, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tel: +62 511 723 1549

Ocean's Resto

Located in the developing waterfront district, Ocean’s Resto mainly serves delectable seafood by weight in addition to fast food and local Indonesian fare.

Address: Jln Sudirman Balikpapan Ruko Bandar waterfront, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tel: +62 542 739 289

Restoran Shangrilla

One of must and most visited restaurants in Kalimantan boasting a unique menu that will please all diners. This family run Indonesian-Chinese eatery serves a variety of seafood, duck, beef, frog and chicken.

Address: Jln Ahmad Yani 29 Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tubrux

A warung kopi or coffee shop, Tubrux doles out the most heavenly coffee in West Kalimantan. It also serves local Indonesian fare.

Address: Jln Pattimura 211D, Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tel: +62 561 708 1900

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Warung Lamongan Pak Ari

Attracting crowds with massive fryers sautéing chicken and fish, this restaurant’s special sambal chilli sauce definitely explodes on the taste buds.

Address: Jln Juanda, Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia