Top visited restaurant in Suriname
Surinamese food has a special place in the heart and soul of people from Suriname.
The rich flavors and spices are as hot as the sticky temperatures that govern the country’s tropical weather, and the diversity in dish is like a bite from historical traditions from 6 different cultures that inhabit it’s mainland.
When food lovers travel, they tend to aspire after traditional meals that locals consume rather than the globally renowned steak and ribs.
Which restaurants do locals visit, and what do they eat?
Keep in mind the 6 different cultures with their own traditional dish that you can purchase at the what is known to locals as the most visited by locals and top restaurants in Suriname.
Here are the 10 most visited restaurants.
Chinese Restaurant Chi Min
If chinese food in Suriname is the topic, there are 2 dishes that might be on the best fried rice and stir-fry noodles list.
The flavor is not like any other fried rice or fried noodles you’ve ever had and is so addictive even the locals can’t get enough of it. Don’t believe us for it? Try it yourself!
Address: Cornelis Jongbaw St, 83, Suriname.
What to try:
-Fried Rice with chicken or pork, or mixed with chicken or pork.
-Stir-Fry Noodles known as Lo mein, Chow mein (Tjauwmin)with chicken or pork, or mixed with chicken or pork.
Nothing is more consumed by locals than these 2 dishes.
Indies Food (Indian)
2. Chris Roti Shop
Chris Roti Shop
Roti (also known as chapati) is a round flatbread native to the Indian subcontinent made from stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally known as atta, and water that is combined into a dough. Roti is consumed in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, Maldives, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Certainly, It is consumed in parts of Africa, Fiji, Mauritius and the Caribbean, particularly in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St Lucia, Guyana and Suriname. Its defining characteristic is that it is unleavened. Naan from the Indian subcontinent, by contrast, is a yeast-leavened bread, as is kulcha.
In Suriname roti is consumed with spicy curry chicken, lamb or duck and potatoes, and sometimes long beans (garter vegetable).
Restaurant: Chris Rotie Shop
Address 1: Maystraat 10, Suriname.
Phone: (+597) 472386
Address 2: Kwattaweg 170, Suriname.
Phone: (+597) 442-200
3. Roopram (Roti)
Another popular Indies/Indian restaurant specialized in roti and curry chicken, duck and lamb.
Roopram Roti Shop
Certainly snacks like ‘baras’ (also known as ‘vada’ in India) which are made from seasoned dough that is fried is made on the basis of urdi flour (made from mung beans) and taj leaves (sometimes replaced with fresh spinach).
Spices that go into the dough include cumin, garlic, turmeric and chili pepper (or hot Madame jeanette peppers).
You can eat them like a kind of savory donut, or with a tasty spicy sambal. But you can also cut them open and fill them with all kinds of goodies, such as chicken and garter, or breadwurst.
These are also often made with potato flour or ground chickpeas.
Locations: Suriname (5) and Netherlands (4)
Address 1: Zwartenhovenbrugstraat, Suriname.
Address 2: Jaggernath Lachmon St 53, Suriname.
Address 3: Watermolen St 37, Suriname.
Address 4: Latourweg, Paramaribo, Suriname.
Address 5: Corona St, Paramaribo, Suriname.
4. De Gadri
Creole food in Suriname is basically the daily household meals locals consume that consists of mainly chicken, fish, beef or pork with white rice and vegetables as sides, various soups, fried rice, mixed rice and stir-fry noodles and also white rice with brown or white beans with chicken.
At birthday parties and festivities Pom and Pie (pastei) are served as an extra with the white rice and chicken creole dishes. Pom is a Surinamese oven dish made using Arrowleaf elephant ear root, locally called “pomtajer”.
Restaurant: De Gadri
Address: Zeelandiaweg 1, Suriname.
Phone: +597 420-688
East Indies Food
Without Indonesian food, food in suriname would be explicitly incomplete and inadequate since it’s such a favorite of the locals, it would be just blatantly invalid not to include. It’s not a coincidence that 2 out of 10 of the most visited restaurants on this list are indonesian/javanese restaurants.
The tasty snacks like spring rolls, deep-fried plantains with batter and spicy peanut sauce dip, chicken and beef skewers with spicy soy sauce (ketjap) and pancakes with sweet coconut filling are known as favorites amongst locals.
The indonesian menu contains a variety of dishes but we recommend you first try the ones that are mostly consumed by locals.
What to try:
Saoto, Fried rice with chicken (nasie goreng or nasie rames), stir-fry noodles with chicken (bamie), telo (yuca with spicy fish and/or chicken.
This is another renowned indonesian restaurant that locals visit on the regular. Their menu is mostly similar to the aforementioned restaurant but does contain a few different dishes.
Address: Josephine Samson Green St 104, Suriname.
Phone: (597) 455-362
Fast Food Restaurant (Fried Chicken and fries)
Naskip Fried Chicken
Naskip is Suriname’s own household fried chicken food chain founded by people from Suriname since 1962.
They currently have 5 different locations and are one of the top restaurant in Suriname, obviously the local’s number one choice.
Also, the flavor is different from other American fried chicken food chains and the spicy sauce that goes hand in hand with the chicken is a proper reflection of Suriname’s wave, although the chicken itself is not prepared spicy, the sauce will leave you scrambling for milk or water.
For the non spicy consumers, the chicken is as good without the scorching hot sauce as it is with it, so don’t worry, if you love fried chicken, it’ll do just fine.
Address 1: Verlengde Gemenelandsweg #2, Suriname.
Phone: +597 410188
Address 2: Henck Arronstraat #46, Suriname.
Phone: +597 475419
Address 3: Hoek Kwattaweg & van Idsingastraat, Suriname.
Phone: +597 470555
Address 4: Latourweg #10, Suriname.
Phone: +597 481555
Address 5: Hoek Indira Ghandiweg & schotelweg, Suriname.
Phone: +597 0367959
8. Golden Wings
Likewise, Golden Wings is another fried chicken food chain household name founded by people from Suriname. With 3 current locations they have become very popular amongst locals.
Ironically, wings are not the most sought after meal for locals as much as white meat and dark meat. It remains a mysterious preference that is as factual and accurate as it could be.
The chicken itself has a somewhat spicy flavor to it and mild is not an given option so if spicy food is not the way to go for you, perhaps just get a box of fries with their special flavored suriname-made mayonnaise.
The color of their fries look cajun but are far from it and actually taste really, really good. Definitely worth a try.
Restaurant: Golden Wings
Address1: Latourweg nr.100, Suriname.
Phone: (597)481218/ (597)8757628
Address 2: Wilhelminastr. nr. 35, Suriname.
Address 3: Zonnebloem-/Franchepane str, Suriname.
Creole and Barbeque
X-Avenue Surinamese Restaurant and Grill
For casual creole food, X-Avenue is the spot that suits best.
It’s also the place to be for some casual barbeque chicken, pork chops, steak and ribs with fries and a salad.
Address: RingwegZuid #57, Suriname.
Burgers & Fries
Nothing is more consumed by locals than bread and rice, so it makes a lot a lot of sense that a huge passion for burgers is widely accepted.
Shoarma (shawarma, also shaurma and other spellings), is a Middle Eastern meat preparation based on the doner kebab of Ottoman Turkey. Originally made of lamb or mutton, today’s shawarma may also be chicken, turkey, beef, or veal, cut in thin slices and stacked in a cone-like shape on a vertical rotisserie. Thin slices are shaved off the cooked surface as it continuously rotates. Shawarma is one of the world’s most popular street foods, especially in Egypt, the countries of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula , Netherlands and as of the last 10 years, Suriname.
The Surinamese version shawarma, spelled shoarma is made of chicken and is served with ketchup, mayonnaise and spicy peanut sauce poured on top of the shoarma meat and fries which is actually very different from how it’s traditionally served in the Middle East with garlic sauce.
Regardless of the traditional difference, the surinamese version ‘shoarma’ is most definitely worth a try.
Address 1: Tuberoosstraat 2 (evenwijdig aan de Mr. Jaggernath Lachmonstraat), Suriname.
Address 2: Latourweg 59b, Suriname.
Address 3: Steenbakkerijstraat 41, Suriname.
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