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Nelayan - Great Indonesian on Swanston!

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Come here for great Indonesian food that is tasty, authentic and fast.

Nelayan is a cheerful restaurant on Swanston St in a belt which does Asian food well. Competition is strong. And Nelayan is one of the best value options around!

Nelayan is set up like a canteen – which is great for office workers and students. Just order your choices – 2 or 3 (always 3 for me) and select from the bain maries. Then grab your cutlery on your way to a table.

Having been to Indonesia several times and a big fan of Indonesian food, I find Nelayan serves up some favourites with distinction. Many of the choices revolve around chicken which is fine. Love the Fried chicken. Love the Curried chicken. Love the Beef Rendang, which has the right amount of sauce, heat and the meat is tender. All with rice. And don’t forget the chilli!

I’ve been to Nelayan several times and each time I notice a good crowd of Indonesians. Again, there is an authenticity here of flavours. The restaurant is mid sized and you can relax here as the bustle of Swanston traffic passes by.

Nelayan, 265 Swanston St CBD – Indonesian – Food 8.5 Ambience 8.5

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David Hagger is a bald headed man with a penchant for finery, convivial dining, and festive culture. He honestly believes Melbourne is an impressive global city.


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