Nelayan

Student haunt Nelayan (literally ‘fisherman’ in Bahasa Indonesia) is a casual place that’s been around for years, and within walking distance from Swinburne university not far from where we live. Although you can order some items to cook from the menu (laminated and pinned to the wall), in classic “Indonesian eatery” style most people just ask for rice and lauk (side dishes) from the bain marie. They also provide snacks wrapped in plastic, such as crackers, chips and others, of the sort you can order from a street-side vendor in Jakarta. There is no table service and the decor is endearingly aging, but the food is tasty, authentic Indonesian grub at cheap prices. At this time of the year (December) when most overseas students have headed home for the summer, the customers were mainly locals ordering takeaway.

Vegetable Soup With Fried Beefball
Vegetable Soup With Fried Beefball

Restaurant casual atau rumah makan Indonesia yang sudah dikenal masyarakat di Melbourne ada didaerah Hawthorn. Ini tidak jauh dari tempat tinggal kami. Menu hari itu tersedia atau terlihat oleh kita, jadi kita tinggal minta apa yang kita mau. Ada juga yang bisa dipesan di menu yang terpampang didinding. Mereka menyediakan pula snacks yang dibungkus plastik, seperti kerupuk, emping dan lain-lain. Tidak ada pelayan yang menghampiri meja, karena kita langsung memesan dan membayarnya disitu. Kita yang melayani diri kita sendiri. Menunya lumayan asli Indonesia & cukup enak. Apabila anda sedang malas masak, rumah makan ini pilihan sangat tepat untuk takeaway.

Details

Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant, 768 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Saturday – Sunday 11am–9pm
Monday – Friday 11am–3pm, 5–9pm

Halal certification clearly visible on wall, no pork on menu. Unlicensed.

There is another branch in the CBD at 265 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria. Same deal with the bain marie, and halal-ness, but with the following opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 11am – 9pm

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