If you’ve ever been to Bali, next time you might want to fly a little further to the east and drop by for a few days in Lombok. Known as ‘Pulau Seribu Masjid’ or translated as ‘The Island of Thousands Mosque’, Lombok offers so many choices of adventure. You can hike up to the Rinjani Mountain, or enjoy the sun at the beach across the island’s edges. But before you start, let’s lay back, relax, and have some bite at these 8 restaurants that include beautiful view as their permanent menu. Here we go!

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Note: Though all of these restaurants strictly serve food made using halal-certified ingredients, some of them serve alcoholic drinks too. We strongly advise that you dine to your own discretion.

1. Ashtari Lounge and Kitchen

Located on the top of the island, Ashtari Kitchen & Lounge serves more than good food and nice views. Once you get there, the laid back and cozy atmosphere instantly kicks in. Instead of the typical dining sets, this restaurant arranges the space with beanbags and coffee tables. Right in front, the view of Kuta Bay lays beautifully without a single thing blocking the sight.

Let’s Just Chillax a.k.a Chill and Relax

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Besides their amazing view, they also have some mouth-watering menus as company. You can choose from salads to curries, pizzas, and even vegetarian meals. To enjoy the local culture even more, try to order their Indonesian dish like the Cah Kangkung (stir fried kangkung served with red rice). Kangkung is a kind of water spinach that has a crunchy and juicy texture. You can even learn to cook some traditional dishes like Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Gado-Gado (traditional salad with peanut dressing), and Soto Ayam in their cooking class!

Everyone Can Cook!

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They also thoughtfully provide a praying room for the visitors.  So don’t forget to bring your own robe and praying mat.

#HHWT Tip: They have yoga classes too! If you have extra time, you can join one of their yoga classes to experience the view of Kuta Lombok in a different way.

Address: Jalan Raya Mawun, Kuta Lombok
Opening Hours: 8AM – 10.30PM
Contact Number: +62 (0) 812 360 80862
E-mail: contact@ashtarilombok.com
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2. Rinjani Lodge Restaurant

Located at the bottom of Rinjani Mountain, this restaurant is a part of an accommodation with the same name. Not only do they serve local food such as Nasi Goreng and Sate, this restaurant also serves western foods and healthy juices too. The fresh air of Rinjani Mountain definitely adds an extra kick to the fresh food they serve here.

Simple Breakfast with Extraordinary View

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By the time you visit this place, the hardest thing to decide is whether to dine with the Rinjani view or have a little dip at their infinity pool (and take pictures, of course!). Hence to make the most of it, spending the night at the accommodation sounds like a great idea. You can watch the sunrise while having breakfast beside the infinity pool, before you hike Rinjani Mountain. Now that’s a win-win solution.

Just a Casual Morning at Rinjani Lodge

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Address: Jalan Pariwisata Senaru, Bayan, Lombok Utara
Opening Hours: 7AM – 10PM
Contact Number: +62 819 0738 4944
E-mail: info@rinjanilodge.com
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3. Laut Biru Restaurant

Selong Belanak Beach is one of the sunny spots you can visit in Lombok. Laut Biru literally means The Blue Sea, and just like its name, is located right next to the blue waters by the beach. Order anything you like from international menus like Spaghetti or Indian Naan with Curry, or local food like Gado-Gado and Ragi Rajan ala Ketare (Sasak Tribe traditional fish dish). Or to embrace the ocean, go order their seafood menu.

Tuna Steak for The Win!

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The best way to enjoy your meal is to sit by the beach and feel the warm and sunny atmosphere. No need to hesitate to step out to the beach because the wave is friendly enough to play with.

You Can Have Dinner with a Bonfire Too!

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#HHWT Tip: Order some traditional Sasak (Lombok’s native tribe) dish to taste the local wisdom of the island. Wouldn’t that be an experience of a lifetime too?

Address: Selong Belanak Beach, West Praya, Lombok
Opening Hours: 24HRS
Contact Number: +62 821 4430 3339
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4. Warung Menega

A dinner by the beach with family is something you might want to check on you bucket list. Here in Lombok, Warung Menega is ready to serve dinner for couples or even a group of family. You can pick the seafood on your own. They have many kinds of fish, some clams, calamari, and even crabs and lobster. All is fresh from the ocean at the backyard. Or take the shortcut by choosing one of the set menu they provide.

The meals are best served with Plecing Kangkung (Lombok style water spinach salad) and sambal terasi (belacan). The sweet and savoury spices of the grilled seafood are meant to be together with sambal.

Grilled Grouper and Grilled Calamari with Plecing Kangkung

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To make things even better, the main area lets you sit and dine 100 meters away from the waving sea at the beach. A family dinner with the sand between your toes and golden sunset at the horizon – this is one of those moments that remind us to be grateful for what we have.

Golden Moment of Sunset

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Address: Batu Layar Beach, Lombok
Opening Hours: 12PM – 11PM
Contact Number: +62 370 6634422

5. Shake and Bake (Vegetarian Food, No Alcohol)

For those of you who love surfing, Gerupuk Beach is one spot you should not miss. If you are on a rush to catch the waves but need to fuel up, wait no more and head straight to Shake and Bake. This vegetarian and vegan café is serving healthy food and good coffee too. For some morning surf, prepare yourself with a healthy and nutritious vegan breakfast in a jar like this one.

Breakfast is Ready to Surf!

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After surfing, question no more and go back to Shake and Bake to have some lunch. They have delicious vegetarian dishes like Epic Omelette and Pumpkin Wrap. You can ask the staff to make the dish vegan-friendly too!

Epic Omelette with Sourdough Bread

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#HHWT Tip: They only use reusable cups for their coffee. So, if you want to take away a cup of coffee to go surfing, you will have to deposit Rp. 50.000 (SGD $5) to borrow a cup. Later on after you’ve done surfing, you can return the cup and take your money back.

Address: Gerupuk Beach, Pengembur, Lombok
Opening Hours: 6AM – 4.30PM
Contact Number: +62 823 5913 4564

6. The Banyan Tree

Let’s hop on the boat and roll to the neighboring island, Gili Trawangan! In this pollution-free island, you will not find any transportation other than bicycle and horse carriage. But you will definitely find some great restaurant like this one, The Banyan Tree.

Their Signature Buddha Bowl

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You can have any kind of vegetarian and vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you feel like having some sweet and fresh food for breakfast, try their smoothie bowls. Made from fresh fruits, they are delightfully delicious. Or go straight to their salad bar to customize your own salad. If you’re looking for something more fulfilling, order one of their main course like Zucchini Lasagna or their signature Buddha Bowl.

Located right in front of the harbor, they serve more than delicious smoothies and wraps. This place is perfect for you to stop by before getting off the island or to grab some go-to bite for snorkeling ransom.

Can’t Tell Which One is Fresher, The Smoothies or The Beach

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#HHWT Tip: As they support the environment, they do not provide plastic bags for takeaways, so you might want to bring your own tote bag or lunch box with you.

Address: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Lombok
Opening Hours: 7AM – 10PM
Contact Number: +62 878 6239 1308
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7. Coffee and Thyme

Oh, it’s coffee o’clock! Well, in this place, every time is coffee time. Located right in front of a diving resort, Coffee and Thyme spends their time serving cups of good coffee. They also serve breakfast menu all day long. So if you feel like having pancakes for dinner, you already know where to go. Friends are good company for coffee, as well as their home made cakes such as Apple and Oat Muffin, Orange Raisin Blondie, or Coffee Chocolate Brownie. But their special T Wrap a.k.a Taliwang Wrap is really a good match for your dose of caffeine. Taliwang itself is a signature herby and spicy chicken dish from Lombok.

Taliwang Wrap and You Daily Dose of Caffeine

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Being located in such an area gives this place some extra points. You can easily meet a lot of new friends with the same interest from all over the place. Oh, the surrounding nature is also keen enough to surprise you sometimes! So next time you drop by, take your time to embrace the ambience of this place.

You Know What’s Better Than a Rainbow? Double Rainbows!

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#HHWT Tip: Lunch is served at 11AM – 5PM. So if you want to have lunch at this place, make sure you are coming at the right time!

Address: Jalan Harbour, Oceans 5 Dive Resort, Gili Air
Opening hours: 7AM – 7PM
Contact Number: +62 821 4499 3622
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8. The Mexican Kitchen Gili Air

What kind of food that would fit the bright and sunny Gili Islands? Yup, a halal Mexican Taco! At this place called The Mexican Kitchen, a pop art painting of Frida Kahlo welcomes you to come in and have a Mexican style feast. If you think you’ve had enough taco, try their other Mexican dishes like Elotes (Mexican style grilled corn cob). They also cater some vegan and raw food.

Mexican Food Fiesta Before Siesta!

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If you come here on evening coffee time, don’t rush yourself to finish your visit because you haven’t seen the best yet. This is one of the best places to catch the sunset of the day. So sit back, relax, and raise your taco for this moment.

It’s Salsa and Sunset O’Clock, Are You Ready?

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#HHWT Tip: Need some extra groove? Go check their salsa dance class schedule and learn how to salsa like a pro!

Address: Bintang Beach, Tanjung, Gili Air
Opening Hours: 12PM – 11PM
Contact Number: +62 877 6578 1643
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As the sister island of Bali, Lombok is a great alternative for you who wants to explore Indonesia. Local wisdoms such as Ayam Taliwang and Lombok traditionally weaved clothes are just a few things you can have in this place. Don’t be shy to hang out and talk to the locals to experience the most from this island!

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