I haven't posted on here in a long time, but the name of this restaurant made me want to call attention to it here on Chowhound because it is so unspecific and my food was so good.
A name like Asian Taste 86 would usually bring to mind to a horrendous pan-Asian restaurant in Chelsea serving sushi, Chinese food, and Thai dishes. But that wouldn't happen on Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst.
I was looking for Mi Jakarta, but it was closed, so I popped my head into this new place and saw that they sold juice boxes of iced tea, which to me is a sure sign that it's Indonesian. So I ordered spicy smashed fried chicken.
I've had this dish before somewhere else, but this version was really excellent. It was so tender it was served without a knife, and the sambal on top was indeed very spicy. The skin was the best part, I don't know what they coated it with but I could have eaten a whole plate of it.
I'm curious about the rest of the menu, which is kind of small and has the usual beef rendang, satay, nasi goreng and gado gado on it among other things.
The owner seemed proud of the kitchen, telling me that they broil the chicken a long time--I wonder if it's some kind of confit type situation. But she seemed worried about the lack of customers. I mean, calling a restaurant Asian Taste in Elmhurst is like naming your restaurant "Food" or "Place to Eat".
Asian Taste 86
86-10 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373