Kuta Lombok, not to be confused with Kuta in Bali, same part of the world but a completely different place. Kuta in Lombok is a beautiful surfing village on the southern coast of the island, whilst Kuta in Bali is an over touristy, crowded and avoidable part of Indonesia.
We were staying at Join Homestay (available to book HERE), which has a great location on the main roundabout coming into Kuta. It’s set back from the main streets and provides the perfect base to set off to the amazing beaches and restaurants nearby.
I have compiled my top restaurant pics after trying 10-12 different venues over the 5 nights we were there. Just opposite our homestay is where I’ll start.
Burger Zone, number 1 on TripAdvisor for the burger fan to indulge in juicy patties. I have to say we went a couple of times and the standard was amazing. From the sandy floor to the laid back staff, it was very chilled and relaxed. I went for the “Andy’s fave”, I don’t know who Andy is but he got it so right! A quarter pounder with egg, cheese, shallots, cabbage and tomato relish on a home baked bun for IDR75,000 (£3.75ish).
For the veggie you have a temp option for IDR60,000, which Georgi said was pretty tasty and hit the spot. They love their garlic mayo and it accompanied their home made chips perfectly, best thing is, they also deliver. So you don’t even have to leave your hostel if you’re craving a burger in Kuta.
When you walk through Kuta you will notice there are quite a few “stone baked pizza” offerings. We tried a couple, some good, some not so and some really good! Don’t get me wrong, you’re not going to find the best pizza you have ever had, but you may find the weirdest or quirkiest flavour combos. We hit up Gecko on the main run of restaurants through Kuta, it was pretty quiet but we took them up on a happy hour beer and a pizza each. Georgi had a lovely feta and black olive pizza, which was nice and crisp as well as a good size for the IDR60,000 (£3) price tag.
I went for the more experimental Satay Chicken Pizza, yes you heard me right, a Pizza covered in chicken and spicy peanut butter sauce! It’s not the most photogenic creation, but I tell you what, I’d have it again!
Frida’s burrito was next on our list, as we’re always craving a good Mexican. The restaurant is nice and simple, a plain white room with wooden tables and chairs. The menu had a good array of Mexican dishes, with happy hour margaritas to accompany. Georgi had the vegetable burrito (IDR40k) and I went for the chicken chimichanga (IDR60k). Both were fantastic, filling us to the brim and exceptional value for money compared to a few other Mexican restaurants in Kuta. The tacos also looked amazing but we didn’t have room to try, if we went back to Kuta in the future this would definitely be on our hit list.
Now after having a couple of sessions at Burger Zone I was thinking their patties and toppings couldn’t be beaten, but then Georgi found “Drifters”. A specific burger shack with a menu of 8 to choose from. I went for the house special, it was a huge burger, maybe twice the size of Burger Zones. For IDR80,000 I was expecting something epic and I got it. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera on me, so hopefully this phone pic can attempt to show you how amazing it was. It had beetroot, avocado, bacon, cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a house burger sauce…….. if this place doesn’t give Burger Zone some competition in the rankings then I’m not sure who will. It was a bit more expensive, but you definitely got more burger for your buck!