Miami isn’t the first place you might think of for traditional Indonesian cuisine, but the Magic City hides some eating gems when it comes to finding Indonesian favorites like satay, beef rendang and sambal. Made up of a variety of regional cuisines with lots of flavor influences, the best Indonesian food in Miami has something for everyone. – Julie Levin
109 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Tucked into a small restaurant in downtown Miami, the Bali Cafe is one of the area’s best choices for authentic Indonesian food. The 30-seat eatery, decked out with traditional decor, offers Indonesian specialties like beef rendang, Ikan Goreng Balado – pan fried grouper in a stewed coconut, turmeric curry sauce, and Laksa – a shrimp, tofu, mixed vegetable, egg and rice noodle dish in a spiced curry soup topped with chips. They also have some of the freshest sushi around. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
131 26th Street
Miami Beach, Fla. 33140
Since opening on Miami Beach in 2007, Indomania Restaurant has provided diners with a fresh look at Indonesian cuisine, with a distinctive Dutch flair. Bring plenty of friends with you to check out their special Rijsttafel dishes – the Java and the Sumatra – which are huge platters of two kinds of rice surrounded by heaping piles of beef, chicken, vegetables, sauces and much more. Don’t miss their delicious appetizers and entrees too. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday.
3660 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, Fla. 33019
(952) 602-8DIP (347)
North of Miami is the upscale Aizia Restaurant. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, and just across the street from the beachfront Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, Aizia offers Indonesian dishes as part of a mouth-watering array of Asian fare and sushi. Check out the Indonesian noodles with shitake mushrooms and long beans. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.