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Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant

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265 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 5886
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Geelong Bellarine, Australia
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having been a Nelayan customer since 2002 it's about time I write a review. In Melbourne again today I sought out NIR for $10 plate of rice with included 3 choices from warm buffet. Beef rendang (always first selection), sweet & sour chicken plus a fried chicken breast. Spoon of chilli sambal on edge. There are veg choices but mmm... More 

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Thank S B
Melbourne, Australia
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375 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 841 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been here multiple times and the food is consistently very good and really tasty. Plenty of variety and dish combinations permissible if cannot choose. I enjoy the Redang which is worthy of a second helping! Very reasonably priced. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful

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Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here after walking around the city. Rendang is good, vegetables were freshly prepared. My 9 yrs old son was very happy with the bakso noodles. Staff were honest and returned cash for an extra order entered wrongly. Overall very good value.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

I can't say that this is a restaurant. It is just like a cafeteria or take away restaurant. For ready made food, I think it's ok. But, not for a la carte menu. The food I ordered (Ketoprak) was not good at all! It tasted horrible. Not recommended.

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Melbourne, Australia
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75 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

I've eaten here a few times and lunched over the weekend, where there are some specials on prepared dishes. Nice looking Beef Rendang.. I always love a good rendang, but always so hard to find one well prepared.. Nelayan rendang was soft and fall apart meat, as one expects, with a nice flavour. A few other interesting dishes on offer,... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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71 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

There are plenty of choices of South East Asian restaurants in Melbourne CBD if you miss the food. This restaurant is one of them, located strategically in the middle of CBD. It's an Indonesian restaurant, with spacious room if you came with a big group.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

I came here with my Malaysian family. I had the satay vegetables and rice (rice cost extra) and the vegetable fritter. Serving sizes are good.

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North Ryde, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner there last night. Must have is the beef rendang. We also had some veg, chilly Tempe and we ordered nelayan chicken from special menu, this is more like Ayam bakar with green chili, something like Ayam kremes but sweeter. All in all good value considering it is located in Melbourne CBS and pretty authentic Indonesian food.

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Ponorogo, Indonesia
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016

The good lad wife away from home country and food need something a close to as possible traditional fare. During April both the wife and I dinned at this restaurant on multiple occasions, the food was yummy, we particularly liked the Bakso and Rendang. Busy restaurants were the food quality was delicious and a variety of Indonesian food available, it’s... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

authentic Indonesian food ... had 3 combination of fried chicken, curried vegetables with tofu and fried salted fish ... they were really good ... my only gripe is the rice was too wet and lumped together ... personally I prefer my rice to be drier and the grains are individually separated ... will return and see if the rice improves... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Indonesian, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 265 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 5886

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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