Restaurants & Bars

Manja Resto (Indonesian) - Review

Vegasbuff | May 24, 200710:09 AM     3

Lurking in the shadows of the Duarte Inn, there is a new Indonesian. With the limited amount of Indonesian restaurants in Southern California, Manja Resto is a nice addition. For those familiar with Asian Deli in Diamond Bar, you will find the food here to be very similar.

The Ayam Goreng Garing ($5.95) is a half chicken that is lightly battered chicken and deep fried. It is very crunchy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. It was not oily at all. The flavor of the batter is very mild, so adding a condiment such as sweet soy sauce or chili sauce may be a welcome addition.

The Ayam Bakar Kecap Pedas ($6.75) is chicken marinated in sweet soy sauce and hot chili sauce. It is very crispy on the outside and covered with a sweet chili sauce and fried shallots. The sauce is sweet upon first hitting your palate but then a nice heat shows up on the finish. This dish is not overly spicy, although you could add some Sambal Oelek if it’s not hot enough for you.

The Lontong Cap Gomeh ($6.95) is a virtual smorgasbord in a bowl. It has Beef Rendang, a beef curry that is spicy with a hint of sweetness; stewed chicken; a spicy hard boiled egg; and sticky rice in a yellow curry broth. It is topped with shrimp chips. The curry broth has a lot of flavor but is not hot. The Rendang are big cubes of beef that are slow cooked until they fall apart. The beef gets imparted with a lot of flavor in the curry sauce that it is cooked in. The chicken is slowly cooked in the yellow curry broth and is falling off the bone tender. The hard boiled egg is coated in flour and chili and deep fried.

The service is very friendly. It has a definite family atmosphere, and you will feel welcome from the moment you step inside the door.

For pics: http://vegasbuff.blogspot.com/

Manja Resto
1206 East Hunting Drive #A
Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 359-7564

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