Mama’s German Restaurant – a landmark among Kuta – Bali’s collection of tempting eateries – has been a favorite for residents and visitors since its opening in 1985.
Closed for almost two years during the global pandemic, it reopened in early 2022 with limited hours from 09:00 am until 11:00 pm daily, with plans to soon recommence 24-hour operations as the Island returns to its pre-pandemic levels of business.
Located in the center of Kuta’s vibrant shopping – dining – and nightlife district, this popular spot is hard to miss. Mama’s German Restaurant is instantly recognizable by its large roadside seating sharing in a space dominated by a magnificent life-sized fiberglass Balinese cow eclectically painted by a group of leading Balinese artists. The good vibes emanating from Mama’s are enticing – conviviality is constantly underway at Mama’s circular bar and from the clusters of al fresco tables sampling Kuta’s lively sidewalk society.
While this popular Kuta Bali gathering place features an extensive international menu, Mama’s German Restaurant is best known for its hearty and authentic German cuisine. Owned and operated by the Jantzen Family – an esteemed German-Indonesian family with Indonesian family roots tracing back many generations.
In Bali, the Jantzen clan’s business legacy now embraces three generations involved in food processing, food distribution, and quality restaurant operations.
A legendary Mama’s German Restaurant signature dish enjoyed over three decades is their succulent pork knuckle, indistinguishable from the Schweinshaxen found in the best Munich Bierhallen. Made using1.2 kilograms of imported ham hock, these meaty joints are generous and sufficient to be shared by two or more diners. Slow-cooked to mouth-watering perfection over two days, each knuckle is finished via a final hour of crackling in the oven. The talented kitchen team then debones the knuckle at your table-side. The meat can then be lathered with spicy German mustard, a healthy helping of Mama’s homemade sauerkraut, and mugs of icy-cold domestic or imported beer.
Other tempting favorites from Mama’s menu are their slow-roasted pork spare ribs and crispy rotisserie chicken.
Whether dining Deutsch or not, there’s bound to be something to your liking on Mama’s German Restaurant’s extensive menu, including hamburgers, pizzas, soups, and salads. Accordingly, Mama’s has long been a favorite haunt for Indonesians, Australians, Germans, and the visitors and Island residents searching for good food and friendly fellowship.