As a melting pot of Papuan and Indonesian culture, Sorong has a great variety of food.
In addition to small food stalls along the main road with the usual “Indonesian suspects”, there are also some really good places to eat out. You just have to know where and how to find them.
So get out of your room and explore some of the best places!
Dapur Berkat Seafood Restaurant is located right next to FaveHotel on the main road, close to the airport.
Here you’ll find fresh fish and seafood in all variations as well as the “classics” like Fried Rice, Fried Noodles and soups.
They have a nice outside seating area and a spacious air-conditioned inside area. You can expect a high standard of service and cleanliness and English-speaking staff.
Try “Sukun Goreng” (fried breadfruit – seasonal) or “Singkong Goreng” (fried cassava) as a starter! And for those interested in a typical Papuan dish order Papeda. It’s made from the sago palm tree and should be combined with a tasty soup.
Opening hours daily from 11 am until 11 pm
Misool Filling Station
The Misool Filling Station is located on the main road directly opposite Domine Eduard Osok Airport. It belongs to the Misool Eco Resort in the South of Raja Ampat.
This unique boutique café has a cozy lounge upstairs and a small outdoor seating area. Misool Filling Station is probably the best place in Sorong to enjoy a cup of fresh coffee, healthy smoothies (and smoothie bowls) and delicious vegetarian snacks. While waiting for the departure of your flight or boat, you can even do some last minute shopping for cruelty-free souvenirs and toiletries.
And the best thing is: you’re not only pampering yourself, but also supporting conservation in Raja Ampat. 3% of all purchases go directly to the Misool Marine Conservation Foundation.
Unfortunately, Misool Filling Station is closed during the resort’s off-season from July to September.
Opening hours during the season are from 7 am to 9 pm, excluding Sundays and public holidays. Please find the exact dates on their website: https://www.misool.info/schedule
Rumah Makan Mini/Restoran Mini
Rumah Makan (=”restaurant”) Mini is located on a small side street behind the supermarket Yohan. They offer a large selection of Indonesian and Chinese food and have an air-conditioned inside area.
Portions are large and perfect for sharing with several people.
Don’t be surprised when you come in the evening: Indonesians’ favorite Karaoke will accompany you.
Opening hours daily (except Sunday) from 8 am until 3 pm and 6 pm until 11 pm
Rumah Makan Goyang Lidah 2
The Immigration Office near the Great Mosque (Masjid Raya) is surrounded by many local warungs and restaurants but of them is especially worth mentioning: Goyang Lidah 2 (which basically means “dancing tongue”).
You can order fresh juices, grilled or fried fish and chicken, or simply indulge in the delicious all-you-can-eat buffet. Fried shrimps, tempeh and tofu, eggs, and a large selection of vegetarian dishes satisfy all taste buds.
The best time to come here is around noon when the dishes are still fresh and available. The later it gets in the afternoon, the less selection you’ll have.
Opening hours daily from 9 am until 6 pm
Funny enough! Tembok Berlin means “Wall of Berlin” and describes a row of lined up food stalls (warungs) along the main road. It’s located opposite the Marina Mamberano Hotel and is the best place to eat fresh fish and seafood.
Choose your own fish and watch it being prepared in front of your eyes!
Open every evening after sunset
Rumah Kopi (=“coffee house”) is a stylish café at the main road close to Tembok Berlin. It’s a colorful building with two floors: downstairs is a large seating area with fancy decoration and upstairs you’ll get a view of the ocean and Sorong’s most beautiful sunsets.
They offer free Wi-Fi and have an amazing selection of good Indonesian coffee. Besides of Indonesian food, they serve Pizza, Pasta and tasty finger-food. It’s a great place to hang out and enjoy your afternoon and evening.
Opening hours daily from 3 pm until 11 pm,
Live Music on Saturdays
Calais Artisan Bubble Tea & Coffee
Calais Artisan Bubble Tea & Coffee is located above the supermarket THIO, just off the main road. The large comfortable seating area is air-conditioned and the perfect place to work or escape the heat of Sorong.
They offer free, fast Wi-Fi and have a wide selection of teas, coffees, chocolates, Indonesian dishes, snacks, and tasty desserts.
Opening hours daily until 10.30 pm
For Gado-Gado Lovers
Gado Gado is a delicious salad-like-dish made out of a mixture of vegetables. Long beans, bean sprouts, spinach, potatoes, lontong (rice cooked in a banana leaf), a boiled egg, fried tofu, and tempeh are topped with a warm, thick seasoned peanut sauce. Krupuk, the Indonesian crackers, are served on the side.
A tasty dish that doesn’t only suit vegetarians. To make it vegan just ask for “tanpa telur” (without egg) and you’re good to go!
This dish is widely known in all parts of Indonesia but it is thought to have Sundanese origins.
The best local warung for delicious Gado-Gado is within walking distance from Swissbel Hotel.
Warung Pak Taman is a bit hidden off the main road and well visited by locals. If Gado-Gado isn’t your favorite, try their tasty Nasi Urap or Lontong Sayur – two other authentic Indonesian dishes.
Open daily until 5.30 pm