The Best Indonesian Culinary Experience in Singapore 【#5 Singapore Recommended Restaurant CUMI BALI】

The Best Indonesian Culinary Experience in Singapore

Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner “CUMI BALI


  • Overall ★★★
  • Meal ★★
  • Ambience ★★★
  • Price ★★

Today I would like to introduce an Indonesian restaurant, CUMI BALI.

I went in to experience the Indonesian cuisine that had won the Michelin Bib Gourmand.

How to go

MRT : It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Tanjong Pagar station.

Bus : It is just a short walk from the Indian Road and Newton Circuit bus stops, which are served by numerous bus routes.


When you think of Indonesian food, what comes to mind?

The most famous Indonesian national dish is probably nasi goreng. There are also mee goreng, satay, lundung, godog, and others.

The history of Indonesian cuisine stems from the diverse culture and history of the region. It has been influenced by multiple cultures and religions over thousands of years, and these influences are reflected in its food culture.

One of the characteristics of Indonesian cuisine is its extensive use of spices. Indonesia has long been a center of trade, importing a wide variety of spices and flavorings from the Southeast Asian region, the Middle East, India, China, and other countries. These spices are used in many dishes of Indonesian cuisine and create unique flavors.

But enough of that, let’s take a look at the menu.

The menu is like a booklet. It is handmade.

Each page lists one dish.

It looks like a photo album.

It would be very helpful to have the dish introduced with pictures like this, as it is often difficult to understand what the dish is about by just looking at the name of the dish.

But I didn’t write the price.

Is this a style that doesn’t show the price, which is common in upscale restaurants!

And then I turned the page.

There was a proper menu list with prices after the photo album.

I feel relieved.

Then, I ordered beer first.

Now, what shall I order?

I had already decided on one dish in advance. It was Sate Madura, a staple and signature item of the restaurant, which is said to be ordered by many visitors.

Sate Madura is a traditional dish originating from the Indonesian island of Madura and is very popular among Indonesian cuisine. It is served on chicken skewers, topped with a special sauce and sprinkled with peanuts.

The meat on the skewers is fried in oil first, which makes the meat crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. In addition, the meat on the skewers is covered with spices and allowed to rest for a while so that the aroma is well absorbed.

Each piece was quite large, and it was quite difficult for one person to eat through two pieces.

I was in the mood for another vegetable dish, so I ordered a dish called Kang Kong, which was recommended by the restaurant’s supposed mother.

She asked me if spicy was okay, and I ordered it because I like spicy food, But when I actually tried it, it was not that spicy.

It has a strong flavor, which goes very well with beer.

The volume of each dish was quite large, and because I had dinner by myself, I ended up with two dishes for the day.

I will update the review of other dishes when I revisit.

Ambience & Service

The interior of the restaurant is unique, with a local Indonesian atmosphere.

Here is the entrance, with an eye-catching yellow sign.

The Michelin mark is firmly pasted at the entrance.

When I visited the restaurant around 8:00 p.m. on a public holiday night, there was still plenty of room and I was able to enter without a reservation.

However, when I passed by on a previous Friday night, it was very crowded and full.

It would be safer to make a reservation on Friday and Saturday nights.

The person who appears to be the restaurant’s mom is very energetic, and she tells me a lot about the menu.

On the other hand, the person who appeared to be the husband of the mom was very humble and had a very low profile customer service style, which I liked.

I don’t know if they are really husband and wife, but I would like to believe that they must be.

The interior decoration of the restaurant has a local feel.

It looks like a trip to Indonesia.

You can enjoy an authentic Indonesian feel not only in the food, but also in the atmosphere.


  • Ayam Sate $20
  • KANKONG $18
  • Beer. $ 9

Indonesian food is available at hawkers and food courts, so of course it is more expensive than those places, but the volume and quality of each dish is very high, and the prices are reasonable.


The authentic cuisine and atmosphere will make you feel as if you are on a trip to Indonesia.

If you want to enjoy high quality Indonesian cuisine in Singapore, this is definitely the place to go.

I would definitely revisit myself and try a variety of other dishes.

It is a good restaurant that I can highly recommend.

Address:50 Tras Street Singapore 078989

Lunch: 11.30am – 3.00pm
Dinner:  6.00pm – 9.30pm

Everyday Including Singapore public holidays