(We'd welcome some REAL, SIGNED & original (ie first hand) reports about the tout's delight firm of Tobatransporter; the last thing we need is (at the best gloss) second hand reports placed and re-placed by their apologists!)
We have just returned from Samosir Island on Lake Toba. We visited many restaurants, all of which were OK, but we were particularly impressed by Todays Cafe in Tuk Tuk, the main tourist centre on the island. This cafe is run by Juliet, a young Batak woman who speaks good English and some Dutch and German as well as Bahasa. She is great fun, and loves to chat. Her food is terrific. Her dad is a local fisherman, so all the fish dishes are super fresh. If you have ever tasted rendang, try it here and see how it should be made! She is a real cook who knows how to use the most extraordinary mixtures of local spices. Honestly, you cannot but enjoy this place, we really recommend it. Gregor Benton
Merlyn Guesthouse Lake Toba
We stayed here for a couple of nights and we enjoyed it very much! The rooms are nice, clean, with hot shower, located in a nice garden at the lake. The owners/staff are extremely helpful and kind. They made our stay very enjoyable. Compared to the other accommodations on Tuktuk, Merlyn's Guesthouse has great value!