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Golden Star

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Avenida Liberdade de Imprensa, Dili 0000, East Timor
+670 723 3838
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Makassar, Indonesia
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87 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Me & my Friend just went to the place thinks that we will have another ordinary Chinese food. But then the waiter recommend us "Soboco" it's a fish - just delicious. Also with the vegetable called "Raba-Raba", I think it was a papaya leaves with other vegetables. Good place to eat. Will comeback later to eat the same food.

Thank anatsir
Canberra, Australia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Highly recommend this local restaurant. Several blocks back from the more aesthetic restaurant area of Dili, it’s a real locals area on the ground level of the Brighton Apartments. I had Timorese Bbq Pork belly and local vegetables, Raba Raba. The chilli condiment was some of the hottest I’ve had. Service was pleasant and efficient by an abundance of staff... More 

Thank Sportz43
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1,014 reviews
396 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 384 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2015

I last went several years ago and was a bit put off by the staff, but it seems to be a different staff now. It's a pleasant restaurant with a mostly Chinese menu. High prices but large servings - similar to New 88 up the road, which is a lot more popular. It's heavily promoting (including through radio ads) its... More 

Thank mrdom
Darwin, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 June 2014

This place is great for a chinese food with chinese atmosphere. It is good if you want a change of food in Dili and all was very clean. This is a good place to go and have some fun over lunch.

Thank Jane C
Dili, East Timor
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

This is a fun place to go for lunch to get away from it all and have some decent chinese. Great service. Location not ideal but still worth it.

Thank Audrey S
Ballarat, Australia
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2013

I highly recommend Fernando and Lyn Lay's restaurant to travellers in Dili. The food is high class, the service is efficient and friendly and the decor is great. Golden Star is also an excellent caterer for conferences, they went out of their way to accommodate our conference in Dili in September 2013.

Thank Dianne058
Adelaide, Australia
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782 reviews
407 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2013

It gets a bit tiring wandering around Dili during the heat of the day - but this typical SE Asian restaurant is a real find. The staff are friendly, although English is not spoken well - but one of the best things is that they have local Timorese food. I had an excellent sour fish soup followed by Timorese chicken... More 

1 Thank Vandieman111
Geneva, Switzerland
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Agree with other reviewers; this restaurant is always reliable: great food, friendly (and quick) service, good value for money. My husband got addicted to their Pica Pau (stir-fried beef with black pepper sauce). I am dreaming of their papaya flower dish now... (when I was lucky it came with banana flower too!).

1 Thank AnnettinaH
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Excellent Timorese food, well presented, friendly staff and cheerful service. Very good value for money

3 Thank Alan O
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2013

If you are wondering where to have timorese food, and happen to be a vegetarian, try Golden Star's "raba-raba" which is a vegetable salad made of cassava leaves, banana inflorescence, papaya flowers. A different salad. The steam fish with sesame oil is delicious!

2 Thank Rui Miguel D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Chinese, Asian
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Liberdade de Imprensa, Dili 0000, East Timor
  • Location: Asia  >  East Timor  >  Dili District  >  Dili
  • Phone Number: +670 723 3838

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?