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Indonesia Mini Market - Indonesian Home Cooking in Central London

JFores | May 23, 201201:31 AM

Credit to Limster who spotted the signage for this place outside of the mall at 57 Charing Cross Road.

On the first floor of a cluttered mall with dreary looking Brazilian and Malaysian stalls, this "restaurant" immediately sets itself apart through its clientele and setting. An ever-revolving crowd of Indonesian customers enlivens this cross between a home kitchen and a restaurant where customers sit closely packed at the establishment's three tables. They're there to slurp down excellent bowls of noodle soup and larger dishes of rice and meat at what might be London's best home style Indonesian restaurant. To paraphrase Limster, this place shows that you can still find hole-in-the-wall style gems in Central London if you look hard enough.

On both of my visits I had an Indonesian noodle and meat ball soup (bakso or mie bakso.) Despite the relatively small bowl its served in, each portion is packed with noodles and meat balls. One almost wishes that there was more room for the broth as it is absolutely perfect; clear, but packed with flavor. Each portion comes with a crunchy topping and sambals are provided free of charge (homemade and non-homemade.)

Indonesia Mini Market
57 Charing Cross Road (1st Floor)
Unit M-9

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