I agree that PEPES IKAN is the best of all! Every food has a unique taste. Even though a lot of them come with peanut sauce, don't worry... they don't taste the same for sure.
My favourites are:
Banana Leaf Fish Cake
Fish Cake in Spicy Sauce
Curry Beef Stew
Batavia Fried Chicken (the chili sauce on the side is yum!)
All rice plates, including Curry Rice Cake
Indonesian Fried Noodles
Dessert: Es Teler
If you come with a big group, dinner time or weekends is better. Sometimes it's hard to find parking at lunch time.
They have some snacks on the weekends.
Love the fOOd!
The food is just okay, but they need to change the waiter & waitress... The service is totally sucks... They're the reason I don't want to go back there and will NOT recommend the place to any of my friends...
This place serves both Thai and Indonesian cuisine, but since we had never had Indonesian food before, my boyfriend and I decided to stick to the Indonesian side of the menu.
The waiter recommended the fish, so we got that and one of the fried chicken dishes. The fish came wrapped in a banana leaf, and was covered in curry spices. We made the right decision in listening to the waiter, because it was delicious. The fish was very moist from being inside the leaf, and the spices brought out the natural flavor of it. I think some of the spices and seasoning they used were ginger and bay leaves. It was also extremely spicy - we had to get our water refilled several times throughout the meal. The chicken was also very good. It was different from any other type of fried chicken we had anywhere else. It was dark and pan fried (not deep fried), with a strong fish (shrimp sauce) and garlic flavor.
The service was decent, and the prices were pretty reasonable. I want to go back here to try some of the other Indonesian dishes.
The food is so so. Otak Otak ...don't even try it. Once they are BBQd they turn into rubber especially the brown part. The kangkong was okay but small in portion--come on kangkung is not that expensive. The best thing is the chili sauce that comes with the Ayam Pinyet--it is delilious--but not the chicken (they were overfried and dry). The waiter is okay, not rude but could be a little friendlier. The price--I don't know--the total bill seems to be a little high for what we ordered. They might have added gratuity without informing us (I didn't notice any signs posted that gratuity will be added). Plus the tips, that's almost 40% for so so food. I will come back to try other dishes & will be paying attention to the gratuity issue.
Their best dishes are: mie tek-tek (fried noodle), pepes ikan (steam fish in banana leaf) , and ayam bumbu bali (spicy fried chicken). Yuummmm......You could never go wrong with the above 3. But their other dishes do not dazzle me though (maybe because I'm Indonesian and the taste is no where close to the real thing back home). They start selling yummy Indonesian snacks and bites now :) Do drop by, this is definetely one of the best Indonesian restaurants in the bay area, and I'm so happy it is in the south bay!
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