We all know a big part of your trip can be the food so here are a few of Dreamers Dive Academy Timor recommendations and insights of where to eat in Dili. There are so many more options than mentioned here hence “part 2 – see part 1 too”. Prices are an average for a meal; drinks should be added on top as per your preference.
Rolls and Bowls
This is by far one of our favouties because it’s reasonably priced with a wide range but always consistent. There are two locations to chose; one in timor plaza food court which is great for lunch. The other one is opposite the port and has a lovely setting for dinner – they have seating upstairs too.
Serving vietnemese style soups and salads, spring rolls and sandwiches and specialising in cofffees too. They have a “combo” deal which is a bowl (soup or salad) with a spring or ricepaper roll and soft drink for $8 or $8.50. The Bahmi (sandwich) is $4.5 and you should definately have that with their swet potato crisps for $2.
A typical sports bar style place serving up a great range of western food all day but look out for their lunch specials. This is the place to go for most of your sport watching needs and is popular with the expats too. Prices are reasonable ranging from $5 to $15 mostly.
A chinese style restaurant on the beach which is able to cater to bigger groups but can be somewhat slow with the food prepartion. despite a vast menu some of the items we know people enjoy there are the steamed fish, crab and lobster, steam boat; or we recommend the salt and pepper fried green beans. A lot of the seafood dishes are by season and by weight but you are probably looking at upwards of $15 for your full meal here
Offering a mix of western and Thai food but best known for it’s steak. It’s closed on Sun and Mon but the rest of the week you can enjoy your meal with a free salad. usually, they have special deals too so keep an eye out for their specials menu. Prices ranging from $8 to $20
A nice range of thai dishes with a reasonable price range of $7- $10. Very friendly staff too.
This is a slightly more fine dining style of asain cuisine notiably Chinese. It’s a good place to go with a group so you can share a few things. Prices from $10
Dili Fish and chips
If you are Ozzie or even a Brit here is where to get a little taste of that traditionally stuff that is fish and chips.
The fish is $4, chips $1.50. Other additions include sweet potato chips, shrimp, calamari, onion rings, mushy peas and coleslaw. They aren’t open mondays but they do organise a weekly Tuesday night quiz. Burgers are 3.50 and they have meal deals for $5. They even do delivery if your order is over $25
Located in the Timor Plaza compound (but not in the mall itself) this place offers a wide range of indian dishes. They also do delivery is you fancy a take-away. There are many options from snacks to rice to bread to curries plus at lunchtimes they do a $5 lunch box (meat and vegetarian options) which you can eat in or takeaway.
The Al a cart menu is reasonable with most curry dishes ranging from $4 to $8 and portion sizes are generous. Their naan bread is authentic and the onion bahjis are worth it.
Having a more Spanish feel this is quite a nice place for a sunset drink. On the menu is a nice array of meat dishes and homemade polenta fries. Additionally they make their own white cheese and there are always specials including desserts. On thursday nights they have live music and being close to the beach always a great view.
A little pricey on some dishes and drinks but again between $10 and $25
Cook for yourself
Alternatively, all rooms in Timor backpackers and DTL guesthouse have cooking facilities and we have a supermarket within walking distance if you’d prefer to whip something up yourself.
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