When you think of Batam, your mind would most likely wander over to the affordable spas, massages, and shopping – but these are not all it has in store for you. Other than these popular activities to do in Batam, there is an increasing trend for visitors to visit the best looking café and try the yummiest local food.
Batam has quite a few food courts, most of which are only open at night. In the local food courts of Batam, several hawker-style outlets participate in serving plates full of deliciousness to people. These food courts are economical and usually located near a mall, which gives easy access to some affordable spas and shopping stores nearby. If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy a genial meal with a group of four to five without having to burn a hole in your pocket, food courts are a place you don’t want to miss out on.
1. A2 Foodcourt
Whether you’re looking for local flavours or missing Singapore food, A2 Food Court has over 30 cooked food stalls and a wet market. It is basically both an indoor and outdoor hawker centre just beside Batam City Square (BCS) Mall.
Along with the traditional dishes of Batam like Mookata (BBQ Pan Pork), Nasi Ayam (Hainanese Chicken Rice) and Sio Bak (Crispy Roast Pork), A2 food court serves multiple cuisines and Batam’s very own delectable seafood.
Address: A2 Foodcourt, Batu Selicin, Kec. Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam Operational hours: 18.00 – 00.00
2. Windsor Foodcourt
Windsor Food Court is famous for its variant menu option which features seafood dishes along with traditional dishes like Ba Kut Teh and Chicken Rice. Do try out the Sambal Stingray fish recipe, more popularly known as Ikan Bakar in the native language. The place feels lively at night with family and friends sharing a comfortable and delicious meal listening to people sing at the Karaoke Stage.
Address: Kompleks Windsor Central, Jl. Imam Bonjol, Lubuk Baja Kota, Kec. Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam Operational hours: 17.00 – 01.00
3. Nagoya Foodcourt
Newly opened on the 6 th January 2020, Nagoya Foodcourt is here to fulfill the people’s culinary needs. With its strategic location and easy access, the foodcourt promises to provide a clean and comfy enviroment for family, friends and businessman to interact with each other while relaxing and enjoying quality food.
The foodcourt can even fit up to 1.500 people. The foodcourt serves a variety of culinary choices starting from traditional indonesian, western, japanese and also chinese food. Not to mention, there is also free parking around the area.
Address: Jl. Imam Bonjol-Komplek Nagoya Newtown, Lubuk Baja Kota, Kec. Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam Operational hours: 06.30 – 01.00
Batam Seafood is a must for many visitors when they consider what to eat during their visit. The most popular seafood offerings here include chilli crabs, king prawns and the unique gong gong sea snails, which can only be found in the waters of Batam and the neighbouring Bintan. It’s hard to recommend just a few good places for seafood because there are so many available and they’re all just as good – but you can be sure that wherever you go, you will find nothing but delicious, fresh seafood at extremely reasonable prices.
1. Harbour Bay Seafood
Harbour Bay is different from the kelongs as the live seafood are in tanks rather than nets in the sea. You do though get a good view of the live seafood which helps you choose. Beside that, you can enjoy the sunset while enjoying the delicious food. It’s worth pointing out that the location of Harbour Bay for seafood is ideal if you’re in the Nagoya area as it’s quite close.
Address: The Promenade Blok 8E, Harbour Bay Downtown Jl. Duyung Sei Jodoh, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar Operational hours: 10.30 – 10.30
2. Barelang Seafood
Located around 30 - 40mins drive away from the main Nagoya city center in Batam. This restaurant is quite popular, mainly for the view overlooking the iconic Barelang Bridge and four other islands in the horizon. But also the staffs are very attentive and the price is reasonable. This is an ideal location to take your dinner a little earlier than usual so that you can watch the beautiful sunset as it sets.