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Indonesia Restaurant

joypirate | Mar 2, 2005 12:59 PM

Indonesia Restaurant – 1029 Race Street

Wandered in here yesterday and decided to try the lunch special. 3 courses for $6.99. Your choices are the following (you get one of each):

Appetizer:

Tahu Berontak – tofu w/bean sprout, carrot & bamboo shoot

Lumpia – spring roll w/bamboo shoot, carrot & dried shrimp, peanut dipping sauce

Martabak – mixed vegetable w/ground beef & onion in a crispy dough

Soup:

Sayur Asem – Tamarind sour vegetable soup

Soto Ayem – chicken coconut and turmeric soups w/chips, fried onion, green onion, bean sprouts, cabbage and egg

Rawon – Indonesian beef soup w/keluwek nuts

Entrée:

Nasi Campur – rice dish w/chicken curry, rendang beef, egg, fried thin rice noodle, string beans, served w/shrimp chips over rice

Nasi Pecel – steamed rice with an array of steamed vegetables, tofu or soya bean cake and topped with special peanut dressing

Nasi Gudeg – jackfruit and coconut milk stew served w/side of egg & choice of beef or chicken & steamed rice

Nasi Kare Ayam – chicken curry w/steam rice

Ayam Bumbu Rujak – barbequed chicken w/Indonesian style chili-tangy-sweet red bell pepper sauce & rice

Man, that took longer to type up that I though it would. Anyway, I had the Lumpia, a very tasty spring roll and, as one who almost always makes sure my spring roll has some sort of protein in it (at least a protein larger than tiny dried shrimp, which I didn’t even notice) I was very pleased with this. The best part was the soup; I had the Soto Ayam and I don’t think I’ve ever had that combination of flavors before, very well done and it’ll be hard not to re-order this next time I go. For the entrée I got the Nasi Campur and it was way too much and a poor choice; it’s sort of like a sampler or something with a big scoop of steamed rice in the center and a bit of chicken curry (sauce was great, could have used more, but the chicken was a bit dry), Rendang beef was also not so much dry as overdone, which was a shame. You could tell it tasted amazing 1 hour ago. Fried rice thin noodle was the best part of the entrée.

I’ll definitely go back and try different things. It’s a bit more than I like to pay for lunch but on the days I skip breakfast and my hunger become fierce this is a great value and service is really nice. The rest of the menu also looks good, lots of tasty sounding curries, soups and satays, as well as something called “house special chili sauces” (featuring five kinds) that requires further study.

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