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
I went to Lake Toba in mid-Nov & took Tobatransporter for 3 trips(medan-parapat-berastagi-medan) on a private car - excellent service.
Before the trip, someone named Ricky from Tobatransporter, would confirm with me abt the details(cost, deposit amount, place to wait, and etc). He knows the local conditions such as the boats' timing and traffic conditions - and really helps a lot on our planning.
On the trip itself, we had the same driver for all the trips. He was punctual, and stopped over whenever we requested. On our last day in Medan, my girlfriend dropped her iPhone in his car. We contacted Ricky, he went to Post Office to ship the iPhone over but was rejected by the office (the battery was considered as dangerous goods to courier). In the end, he made another extra trip to our friend's place in Medan to pass the phone to our friend. We are really thankful for the extra services.
I do recommend Tobatransporter but make sure you talk through the details with Ricky. He speaks good english and should able to help.