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Maruba Restaurant

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Jalan Tuk tuk siadong, Samosir Island, Indonesia
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Falls Church, Virginia
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264 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

I was somewhat disappointed given this restaurant's high ranking in Tuk Tuk. I went for dinner and ordered the pork sangsang. It came with rice and kangkong. The meal is more expensive than other local restaurants and is supposed to come with mixed steamed vegetables and tapioca leaves with coconut. The mixed vegetables turned into steamed kangkong and they didn't... More 

Thank skink
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Walked out here to try the food, wasn't disappointed. The grilled fish was super fresh and had amazing charcoal flavours with sambal and some lime. Photo doesn't do it justice. She also made the avocado shake without chocolate at my request (although it was too thick and not sweet enough). Food did take 45min to an hour to come out... More 

Thank vineetamar
Barcelona, Spain
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

My boyfriend and I came here for lunch last week. We had a Batak style chicken curry, stir fried vegetables and a pineapple and coconut pancake for dessert. Everything was made from scratch and was delicious. Would definitely recommend having a meal here.

Thank PhilippaDavies
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing fresh fish. Definitely some of the best fish I have ever had. Doesn't look like much, small family joint. Everyone was involved, daughter seated me, son, father and mother cooked. I came when it was quiet, for lunch. Only me and 2 locals. Cannot recommend enough. Great food! Definitely order from traditional batak part of menu, it's pricier... More 

Thank Zander K
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We googled for restaurants on Samosir Island and this was one of the ones with great reviews and for good reason. You could almost miss it if you didn't know where its location but we stopped in for lunch and returned the next day for dinner. The items on the menu are delicious (we had a lovely Batak chicken curry... More 

Thank Kay H
1 review
Reviewed 10 March 2016

I had the Ikan Arsik and fresh water lobster. For me one of the best dishes I've ever had and I wouldn't mind traveling back to lake toba just to eat it again!

Thank Bongszai
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

This is a small family run restaurant. The first time we had lunch here, it was traditional batak fish "Ikan Arsik" and avocado salad (fresh!). Really good and fresh fish. The chef, who is the wife/mother of the family is friendly, speaks good english and is also very genuine in her recommendation. It was so good we returned for dinner... More 

Thank Patricia R
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

Marubas small restaurant don't look much from the outside, but there's some few tables with decent view over garden and the lake. We choose the Batak food even though it was double price compared with the ordinary Indonesian dishes. And it's totally worth it, they come with fantastic Urap sallad. First day I had the fish so fantastic and my... More 

Thank Jonas Q
Penang Island, Malaysia
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

We miss the baby lobster and avocado salad which highly recommended by travelers . Grill fish and roasted pork are goods . The magic mushroom (mushroom omelette) been stated on the board never try never know . We tried but just the simple and nothing special and cost IDR 100,000. cook only By the old lady owner . If you... More 

Thank Melissasaw
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

We stepped into Maruba's randomly and the universe meant it good with us: delicious fresh food and a very nice 'host-mam' to talk with! So we ordered the special dishes for the next evening and the beef rendang was more than worth every rupiah, highly recommended! And don't miss to enjoy the coconut cookies: freshly made and served hot, absolutely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Indonesian, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Tuk tuk siadong, Samosir Island, Indonesia
  • Location: Asia  >  Indonesia  >  Sumatra  >  North Sumatra  >  Samosir Island

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