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Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant

Asian, Indonesian
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265 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9663 5886
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice and simple Indonesian fast food

Great variety of fast serve home cooking Indonesian food. Very friendly price. Good for dine in or take aways. Simple place located in the city centre, easy to find.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Because I longed for some dishes of my country, this is a place to go to in Swanston st, especially with their range of culinary from different regions of Indonesia. My ultimate purpose is the rendang, but it tastes a bit far than I expected, it's too sweet. Overall, I'm full..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great variety of fast serve home cooking Indonesian food. Very friendly price. Good for dine in or take aways. Simple place located in the city centre, easy to find.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Walked in off the street for lunch. The place was busy and had a happy vibe. We ate the daily fare and were not disappointed. Magnificent Rendang, tasty chicken and wonderful tofu. A real treat for the senses. Great flavours and friendly service. Unbelievable value.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

If you are an Indonesian (or Indonesian student) this restaurant is recommended for you when you miss Indonesian food while you are in Australia. The price is cheap so you would saved lot of your money. The taste? As an Indonesian I can say it's average one. Partly because of lack of seasonal attribute in Australia ( cannot blame them... More 

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The restaurant serves Indonesian food, something I am familiar with, but for some reason, the food didn't really taste authentic. My husband and I didn't really enjoy our meal. Service could be inproved.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I loved this place during unidays and I visited last year in Melbourne Swanston street. Bored of thai food so I wanted to try Indonesian suggested by Indian friend. You must try their Beef dishes and soups and I loved the seafood noodles. Nasi Goreng A must try dish. Highly Recommended- Cheers mates...

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It serves auntenthic Indonesian food, their 'beef rendang' is a must try. they serve different menu everyday.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Located in the heart of Melbourne city. It offers variety of precooked Indonesian food. You can have mix of 2 or 3 dishes with rice. The taste is good and it is very suitable for lunch or non luxury dining.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Just right in the center of Swanston street is Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant. Come here if you're looking for a cheap Indonesian working lunch. Otherwise, you're better off somewhere else Its economical as well so you can pick 2 or 3 dishes with rice for under $10. The food quality varies from time to time but over all good. Things to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Just love the variety of Indonesian cuisines they have here. Its a gem.. My children love eating here.. The servings are good. The people there are friendly.. The place is clean.. We went back there a few times.. Will defintely pop in here again when we are back in Melbourne.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 265 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: (03) 9663 5886

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Indonesian

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