The Place Located in Jewel Changi, Sama Sama by Tok-Tok is one of the many dining options in the iconic Jewel Changi, managed by the same team behind Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House. The setting of the restaurant retains a traditional Indonesian interior in terms of the chairs and tables, while the back of the restaurant offers a canopy dining view with good dose of natural light in the day. I would definitely prefer dining near the canopy trees, where you can hear the sound of the Vortex Falls.
The restaurant serves authentic Indonesian dishes, from soups to various types of street eats in a comfortable dining ambience. I was keen to check it out after hearing some good reviews from friends and fellow foodies.
The Food I was with a small group, so it makes sense to order a couple of dishes to share. Indonesian food is very communal dining style in my opinion. One of the dishes I would recommend is the Rawon Surabaya (S$17), a Surabaya Style beef soup simmered with Javanese herbs and spices, along with grounded Buah Keluak and diced grain fed beef. The soup itself is quite rich in flavour, which makes it nice to sip on its own or simply drizzle it over rice.
Another dish I enjoyed is the Ayam Bakar Taliwang (S$29), essentially a 500g whole grilled chicken in Lombok style and spiced with black peppercorns. Despite the spices, it is not that spicy and I find the grilled chicken to be very flavourful and tender.
Satay is a street snack which most Singaporeans enjoy, though this Indonesian version is different in its own way.
I went for the Sate Kambing Betawi (S$24), Jakarta Style baby lamb skewers marinated overnight and served with sambal and cucumber pickles. The presentation itself is quite interesting as the skewers are served over a hot grill. Each skewer comes with a thick slab of lamb meat, which is not at all gamy even for those who do not usually take lamb very well. The lamb is tender and surprisingly very delicious!
The other sharing dish I had was the Gado Gado (S$15), a popular Indonesian dish with a mix of vegetables, bitter gourd and fried crackers. It is coated with a special peanut sauce, so the texture of the dish is not too try and quite palatable.
You can’t go very wrong with the Tahu Tempe Goreng (S$9) as well. This is a stir fried spongey tofu, served with freshly farmed vegetables and traditionally house-made sambal sauce.
Rants The prices here are considered mid-range and it would be less worthwhile for couples to dine here as opposed to a group of diners due to the sharing nature of the dishes.
Will I Return Again? Overall, I do enjoy the dishes at Sama Sama by Tok Tok as I find them interesting. The dining scene is extremely competitive at Jewel Changi with the likes of Burger & Lobster, National Kitchen by Violet Oon and Yunnan. Sama Sama by Tok Tok is worth a try if you have been curious about Indonesian cuisine, with added incentive to visit if you can take spice well.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Sama Sama by Tok Tok
Jewel Changi Airport
78 Airport Boulevard
#03–225 & 226
Tel: +65 6904 3971
Daily: 10:00 to 22:00
Ranted by The Ranter