PERTH | SUKU is a tiny Indonesian restaurant in Fremantle’s new FOMO development. It’s by Indonesian expats Ria Zulkarnaen and Nick Mailenzun, who moved to Perth in 2013 and missed the food that they grew up with in Bali.
Taking matters into their own hands, they taught themselves how to perfect the dishes that they missed, and in 2019, opened Suku as a stall in the Fremantle Markets. It was a success, and in 2021 they moved into their permanent digs.
It’s a bright space that opens out to the street and FOMO’s food court. There’s a partially open kitchen with bar stools on one side, and a few tables and stools inside and outside. Think of it as a modern warung (small Indonesian eatery).
The menu at Suku is small but mighty, focusing not just on Balinese dishes, but other Indonesian dishes that the duo like. The nasi Bali is a must order. It contained pulled chicken and crispy chicken skin, satay lilit (chicken mince and lemongrass skewers), rice, braised hard boiled egg, urap (Balinese salad) peanuts, and sambal.
There’s also things like Indonesian style beef rendang, gado gado, batagor (fried mackerel dumplings). Rotating specials, highlighting lesser known regional dishes, are well worth keeping an eye out for. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the bubur ketan hitam (black sticky rice).
To drink, try the soda gembira. Also known as “happy soda”, it’s a mix of carbonated water, condensed milk, syrup and ice). There’s also things like hot/iced jasmine tea, es Milo, es kopi, and cendol.
FOMO, Shop G8-V3
10 William Street
Western Australia 6160
Sun, Thu: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 8:00pm