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Pipe & Barrel Surabaya (Review)

There's a new restaurant in town and I heard that it's owned by Chef Ken, Top Three Master Chef Indonesia 2! Well now this is interesting. :) I rarely watch television, especially the local channel, but I do know and I do love the Master Chef cooking show. Though I never watch the Master Chef Indonesia, but knowing that one of the top three has opened a restaurant in Surabaya, that really excites me!

I knew about this new opening restaurant since three weeks ago from #instafoodies group, but one of them said that the soft opening was only for the people who got invited. For the regular people, we have to wait until November. However, I still tried to pay a visit before November and obviously I got rejected by this saying, "I'm sorry, invitation only" LOL, why am I even still trying my luck? Haha.. But never mind, now that I have visited the place, I hope you guys are still interested to read about it.. :)

Pipe & Barrel
This place is located in Polisi Istimewa street, across one of the most renowned high school in Surabaya, St. Louis 1. At lunch time, the road can be pretty packed especially when the school time is over. I experienced the heavy traffic at 1 pm today, and unfortunately the parking lot is not that big as well, thank God we got Ivana's driver, so we could just jumped out of the car right after we arrived and not having to worry about getting a parking spot. That can be really frustrating, especially when you are hungry.

Let's go inside!

When it comes to how many people they could accommodate, Pipe and Barrel is in the okay size. Not too small, but also not too big, just enough. They got two different dining areas, which are the indoor and the outdoor. The indoor space is nice and cool, they use mostly dark wood for the interior design, but sadly you can't lean back on most of the chairs inside, which is pretty tiring. Maybe so that you won't sit there for too long, haha..

While at the outdoor area, they got more decorations on the wall. It is so colorful! A lot of hot spots to take pictures, and more comfortable chairs as well. But at noon, to be honest, it is freakin' hot! I was like literally melting out there. Oh my Surabaya, your temperature is getting really ridiculous these days. :((


When I first came, Pipe & Barrel was quite full at the indoor area, obviously, no one would sit outside at that hour. I was looking around and I saw that all of the customers were young people, mostly 20-ish casually having lunch with their friends, some were St. Louis 1 students, and some were employees with their work mates (I could tell by seeing their outfit).

I remember the waiters and the waitresses shouted, "Welcome to Pipe & Barrel, how are you?!" (If I'm not mistaken, correct me if I'm wrong) before they led me straight to the cashier. Their ordering system is like Historica's and Cup and Crumbs's, where you have to order and pay first on the cashier. The menu itself is already written on the giant board and after that, you can be seated and your orders will be delivered to your table by the waiters. 

Here's our lunch :
Cheesy Crusty Salmon Rp. 65.000,- 
It was a grilled (or fried?) Salmon with a cheese sauce, a salad, a baked potato and a lemon.
The salmon was nicely cooked, if you cooked it a little bit longer, would be perfect on the inside, but not a pretty good looking on the outside (it was like over grilled). My heart really fell for the baked potato though, it was SUPERB! <3 Really soft, yummy and tasty.. 

Philly Cheese Steak Rp. 65.000,-  
It was like a hot dog, but with different bun. Using sliced beef, cucumber and carrot and mayo and also chips for the side dish.
Everything was nice but the bun, it was too thick and quite hard to chew.

Thai Beef Salad Rp. 45.000,-
The dressing was nice, tasted good, but I prefer the Crispy Chicken than the beef. I guess it's just a matter of your own preference. :)
Crispy Chicken Salad Rp. 40.000,- 
More dressing, more meat, and it goes way better than the beef.

Honey Chicken Rice Rp. 35.000,- 
It was actually tasted good, however I felt like the sauce was all over my rice, which I don't prefer. It gets too watery and too sweet. I suggest you to separate the honey sauce from the rice, so that we can adjust how much do we like it. :)

Lemon Italian Soda Rp. 22.000,-         
Refreshing, I wish the size was bigger. :))
Strawberry Italian Soda Rp. 22.000,- 
Refreshing, but I didn't like the strawberry syrup somehow. too sweet.


We were sitting at the outdoor area and totally went crazy that afternoon.. We took so many pictures! I was irresistibly snapping my camera all over the whole place and apparently the foods for this blog. We were also taking pictures of ourselves, with each other, and all together too. It was fun, but just really hot, gosh..... I also went to the toilet but, it was quite dark and hard to take a good quality picture, so I pass the toilet selfie for this time.

Thoughts, Tips & Suggestions
  • The place is actually nice and the ambience is nice too, I saw a lot of teens and young adults here.
  • They played EDM and Trance songs at most, even at noon (if that's what you're into).
  • They got more beverages menu than the foods, but no desserts. 
  • The waiters & waitresses are fairly nice, and they could handle camera phone just fine, so no need tongsis (monopod), everyone! :D
  • Food serving was quite fast, maybe because Chef Ken is in charge <3 I was really shy to ask him to take a picture together :(
  • Would you consider adding one or a couple of air conditioner for your outdoor area? :))

Name :
Pipe & Barrel 
Overall Rating :

Location :
Jl. Polisi Istimewa 22, Surabaya
Operational Days :
Every day
Operational Hours :

Sun - Thu : 10.00 AM - 11.00 PM
Fri - Sat : 10.00 AM - 01.00 AM
Contact :
Walk in or Reservations :
Walk in & Reservation
Best Visit for Walk In :
Before lunch time or after it
Range of Price :
Foods Rp. 18.000, -  Rp. 75.000, -
Drinks Rp. 18.000, -  Rp. 65.000, -
Exclude 3% Service Charge & 10% Government Tax
Wi-fi :

Available || Current Password : Affogatto
Smoking :
Outside / Outdoor area only
Paying with Cards :


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  1. finally nulis lagi setelah sekian lama....#lebaymode
    nice review n pics too...keep up the good work n hope will see you around...^^

    1. lol, is it that long? my last review is 6 days ago.. :)
      Thank you ya.. ^^

    2. for me its too long....^^ its kind of waiting someone in your life...haha kidding...

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  3. Hi Laura,
    I saw your post that you had problems with the picture not showing as a thumbnail? How did you fix it? I'm experiencing the same problem ):
    It will still show the summary/first lines of the post but not the picture.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hey.. I saw your blog, it seems like it's fixed as well.. :) So you figured it out? :)
      You have a very nice content and pictures by the way.. ♡♡

    2. Noo I reverted it back to draft but it didn't show the picture when I was uploading it.
      Btw, such a nice blog!(: I'll be sure to check it out more<3

    3. Probably the code.. Do you understand HTML Coding?
      You can add my Line ID : lauraangelia :)

    4. Changing the url of your first pic on the html code, from htpps to http.. :)

  4. hello, nice blog, nice review...keren tempat nya...
    kyknya seru jg blog km, kyknya byk tempat asik jg ya di surabaya?hehe
    btw salam kenal :)

    1. Hi Christy..
      Salam kenal yaa.. Thank you.. :)
      Hehe, iya dong.. Main main gih ke Surabaya.. 😗😗😗

  5. Nice review sis nih blog banyak ngasih review tentang tempat nongkrong asik di surabay nih keliatannya pas seperti yang lagi saya cari xD thx sis keep up the good work :3

  6. Wow! Review yang lengkap! Blog kaya gini yang saya butuhkan! Keep it up sis!

  7. Range of price nya itu harga termurah sampai termahal ya ?





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