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Jakarta Eats Part 8: Restoran Beautika's Manado Food
By Alfred May 27, 2009
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Jakarta Eats Part 8: Restoran Beautika's Manado Food
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Manado Food
Indonesian Cuisine
Price Range:
S$21- S$30
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
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I am a really big fan of spicy food. For me food without chilli is like water without sugar, it can be hard to swallow. If you haven’t realised, every food in Singapore has it’s own version of chilli. From Chicken Rice to Nasi Lemak to Char Kway Teow to Pig’s Organs Soup, depending on what you eat, the right type of chilli sauce would be served along with it. Basically for me, chilli sauce makes the food more shiok.

Anyway so far after so many meals, I haven’t found Indonesian food to be any spicier than Singapore food so when my partner suggested bringing me to try Manado food which is very very spicy food, my face litted up with a grin.

Manado is at the north part of the Sulawesi island and the food there is famous for it’s spiciness more than anything else. So I was really glad to be able to finally try some local food that is not only deliciously yummy but spicy too.

Now, all along I thought spicy is like what we always had in Singapore, spicy to some people but delicious to others, especially me!

Inside the restoran

Curries on display

Meat on display

Vegetables on display

So I was brought to this restaurant which is called the Beautika and I happily ordered away most of the curry dishes like Chicken Curry, Beef Rendang, Cumi Bakar(Grilled spicy squid) and Ayam Sate while my partner added a curry fish.

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Now I was really excited. I love curries and I love spicy food so this meal had so much curries and is the undisputed spiciest food of Indonesia therefore I must love Manado food!!!!!

When the food arrived, it all looked really similar to what I used to have here at any Nasi Padang stall. The curry looked nice, the smell was fantastic and so I began to enjoy this ‘spicy affair’.

I started by taking a spoonful of every curries(chicken, beef and fish) and poured over my rice. I tried the rice and the taste was quite good, comparable to some really good ones we have back here but it isn’t really that spicy unfortunately.

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It was about approximately 3 to 4 mins after I started eating, I must had been like eating 10 mouthfuls of rice, pouring curries over it possibily 5-6 spoonfuls. Something starts to tickle my throat and there’s this funny tingling sensation that tried to crawl my throat. I ignored it and continued eating the curries and rice. By now, I was in the thick of action, eating chicken, beef and fishes and the grilling stuff with spoonfuls of curries from here and there.

Now it’s at this moment that something starts to conquer my throat like how a Tsunami tried to conquer the Indian Ocean. It came really really quick and in a matter of seconds, in full swarm, the spiciness just shot up and had me screaming for water! I took the ice lemon tea which was beside me and gobbled it in record time ever, it must be lesser than 20 seconds. And it’s not over yet. In a matter of seconds, another wave of spiciness hit me and had me asking for more water from the waiter(which happened to be the boss) nearby. I have never in my life waited so long for a bottle of mineral water, I don’t know why, that moment I waited seemed like 2 hours long.

When my mineral water arrived, the spiciness had drained me so much that my hand was shaking while trying to open the bottle. Somehow the bottle can’t be opened and for a moment I thought the waiter that delivered was trying to play a ‘not so funny’ joke when I really need water! Ok, funny thing always seems to happen at the wrong time, there was no prank, it was just a difficult bottle to open or maybe I was just too anxious that I tried to turn the wrong parts of it. I drank half of the bottle at one go and believe or not, for the rest of the meal, I didn’t touch any of the curry.

Meanwhile my partner was seriously enjoying her meal and her ice lemon tea was still left untouched. That almost left my jaw dropped because I can’t believe this meal had lowered my ability to consume spicy food to child play while leaving her ability untouched.

Now when I say I love spicy food, I really mean it. I had eaten every spicy food in Singapore, Malaysia and other countries and nothing in the world had conquered me. When I ate Mee Pok Tah, I asked for more more more more chilli. When I ate BBQ Stingray, I ate the chilli on top as if it were rice. When I ate Chilli Crab at JB, I drank the chilli sauce as if it were shark’s fin soup. I say again, nothing, absolutely nothing in the world had done me in!

But this silly Manado food had clearly did. I have no idea why people would want to make it so spicy. The spiciness level here is clearly brought up for the fun and nothing else. This food would had tasted so much better if the spiciness level is what I can feel comfortable eating. So my question once again, why make it so spicy? I think this is really one food I really love to see my Aussie friends eating and probably they’ll die eating it.

Ok the spiciness aside, the food was really good. The grilled sotong was good with eggs in it and the chicken sate had a lot of that ‘charcoal’ flavour. The curries was really really good and I was enjoying it until the spiciness decides to spoil it. Well if you’re wondering why my partner wasn’t affected by the spiciness, she revealed to me that she didn’t touch the curries at all and only ate the meat with rice. Ah ha!

So there you have it everyone, when you’re brought to eat Manado food some day, avoid the curries because it’s not meant to be eaten unless of course you can really eat spicy food but if like me, you have conquered all spiciness in the world and think that you’re ready, then let me tell you that this episode had humbled me and made me understood the real meaning of the word ‘SPICY’.

Desserts, nice or not?

Desserts, sedap right?

Desserts, very cheap also

Spicy food aside, Manado food really has a fantastic spread of desserts.

The colors are so wonderful and made me wanted to try a bit of everything but unfortunately my throat was skillfully thrashed by the curries that I had to leave that idea to another time.

Price: SGD$3-4 per dish

Recommendation: Grilled spicy Cumi and Beef Rendang

Conclusion: Very very delicious food that somewhat is similar to our Nasi Padang. Spiciness level is really high and had made my tears flowed down my cheeks relentlessly half way through the meal.

Likes: Grilled stuff and the curries(though spicy but really delicious).

Dislikes: Too spicy lah!

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Jl. Adbul Muis No 70A
Tanah Abang V

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Readers' Comment(s) : 9
Lim Boon Tiong says:

wow !!! FIRE FIRE !! haha ! very interesting !
next time you ned to sit beside the fire extinguisher.

I like spicy food too and not sure I am up to the challenge. I also like the look of the grilled sotong….. looks delicious !

Just wonder how your stomach going to take it after the meal. 😛

Posted May 27, 2009
Alfred says:

Well I’m sure there’re some in Lucky Plaza or Far East…always see a lot of Indo food there…good luck! :O

Posted May 27, 2009
james says:


just came across your blog and found it very interesting. Just be careful when you eat any manado/minahasan food, its spiciness even unbearable to other indonesians. And I think you also put wrong caption to some of the pictures in this entry. There is no chicken curry and beef rendang in minahasan food. XD


Posted November 28, 2009
Alfred says:

Thanks. Then I wonder what are those curry that tasted like rendang?

Posted December 2, 2009
natalia says:

tolong kasih rekomen dong dimana nasi kuning yang enak…

Posted January 25, 2010
Alfred says:

Thank you for commenting but can you translate please? 🙂

Posted January 27, 2010
Alfred says:

Ok I got it translated by a friend and so you are looking for popular yellow rice in Jakarta?

I asked my friend, she suggested this.

Posted January 30, 2010
james says:

no idea, i am not really familiar with the manado food btw. fyi, rendang that you have in Singapore is actually not a rendang at all. For people who are familiar with authentic padang/minangkabau food, they will call “singapore rendang” as kalio.

Posted March 27, 2010
Henk M says:

Dear Natalia,
You may get Nasi-Kuning/yellow-rice in Beautika restaurant too, its manado style but not that very spicy though they have the Sambal separately. Try it and your may like it, excellent taste.

Posted February 27, 2012
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