Located at the far end of William Street in Northbridge, Manise Cafe has a home style feel, a warm welcoming environment with good honest Indonesian cuisine. The dishes don’t cost much but the serves are smaller as a result which means you can order more dishes and get a variety of flavours. I started with es cendol, the coconut milk and palm sugar syrup drink with pandan jelly which was pretty tasty and refreshing. Foodwise, we started with ayam baker manise which presented very tender chicken with slight crunch and a delicious sweet but muted sauce. This was really enjoyable. We also got kondro bakar kecap, the meat from the ribs was removed from the bone and are oh so tender and flavoursome. Yum! Can’t go past gado gado, the steamed vegetable dish topped with a creamy satay sauce. The delicious creamy peanut sauce certainly livens up the steamed veggies and is a popular Indonesian snack. Easy to see why. We also got ikar bakar manise, a whole fish containing tender flesh coated in a lovely marinade and enhanced by the refreshing tomato and onion mix. Enjoyed with steamed rice, you start to fill up with all the variety and the different flavours of the sweet soy sauce and sweet sambal mix.
Batavia Corner offer a range of Indonesian dishes which can be enjoyed in the restaurant or one can get takeaway as I did. I notice they have a range of condiments to help yourself too and glasses with tap water available. Most of the dishes on the menu are price quite cheaply to what one would expect. The serve is a little smaller as a result but that’s to be expected. The chilli mix, sambal, is a key ingredient in many of the dishes and this helps to deliver the flavour to many of the dishes I had. The whole barramundi was lightly fried and had a nice crunch encasing soft flesh with a green sambal mix deliver the punch. I really enjoyed the char grilled chicken done Balinese style, sambal providing some heat and the keycap manis, a sweet soy sauce delivering a caramelised and sweetish flavour to the chicken, which was cooked well though a tad dry. There’s also combination meals on offer so I chose one to get more variety. In return I got a lovely chicken curry with the curry seeping into the plain steamed rice livening things up, curried veggies and a half boiled egg, and a smallish chunk of tender tasty beef rendang. This was a pretty good. Gado ago got my attention and I immediately chose this dish, peanut sauce covering a bunch of steamed veggies and livening them up considerably, a very tasty dish. They have a range of drinks too and ice cendol caught my eye. The cold creamy coconut flavour with pandan jelly and palm sugar syrup is the perfect way to sooth the palette from the spicy chilli sambal in many of the dishes. I also grabbed some Indonesian pancakes with different fillings which were a lovely light dessert to finish off proceedings. Quite flavoursome Indonesian food with a cheaper price tag than one would expect, maybe that’s an excuse to order more and get to sample a variety of dishes on offer.
Indonesia Indah is located downstairs and presents a calming relaxing atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Offering al a carte, delivery, and lunch time meals, there’s lots to choose from. I chose the combination option of beef rendang and chicken, served with coconut rice, vegetables and potatoes. I really love beef rendang and this version was soft, tender, and full of flavour and was very very tasty. The chicken was covered in mild spices with coconut soaked into the skin and lightly fried producing a delicious flavour. The coconut rice has a touch of sweetness making each bite enjoyable and the vegetables and potatoes help to balance out the meal from the strong flavours. A hidden gem offering delicious Indonesian fare at excellent value.
Bali Modern Cuisine is a family run restaurant opposite Bentley Plaza and has a simple interior. For those who have been to Bali, they also have Balinese items on display for sale. Obtaining a takeaway order can hurt the original preparation of the food like some of the fried items I purchased so I can’t hold that against them. I was rather amused to receive quite a nice carry bag containing the takeaway items. The flavour of the food is delicious. I really liked the fried chicken coated in sambal, the fried duck with Bali modern sauce, and the beef rendang. The gado gado was pretty tasty and so too the potato fritter which is pretty small. The ice cendol was refreshing but contained ice cubs rather than shaved ice which took away from the drink. Excellent Indonesian flavours and a large variety of cheaply priced dishes to choose from.
Bintang Cafe must be pretty popular as they were a fair amount of Indonesians at the restaurant. I had visited once before several years ago but this time I ordered several dishes and was really impressed with the delicious flavours. The beef curry, while very runny, was extremely flavoursome and contained lots of tender beef. The gado gado is unbelievable, a fantastic slightly runny satay sauce transforming boring steamed vegetables into something else. Definitely comfort food. Lastly, the ayam baker pedas, contained a big chunk of grilled chicken covered in sambal which had some kick, but carried plenty of flavour making the chicken something to savour. There’s a range of dishes on the menu, the venue itself is simple but the food is delicious and excellent value. About $25 for all that.
The appeal of this place is to serve tasty Indonesian style dishes at cheap prices. Having travelled to Bali, several of the dishes on the menu are recognisable and I can understand why it’s popular among the uni students. A more than generous serve of kwai teow goreng with prawn crackers were presented. Great flavours and a tasty meal for just $8.90 is a steal. Cash only.
You can’t question the generosity of the meals. They’re beyond belief! Unfortunately, the meals weren’t all that flavoursome which is a shame as we were looking forward to enjoying some traditional Indonesian fare. The refreshing mango juice was delicious and I particular enjoyed the chicken breast with this lovely sauce which was like a sweet sticky BBQ sauce. The sate skewers were also excellent. Along with the chicken, the other highlight of the meal was the dessert. Simple and delicious. Apparently spring rolls can be used for desserts.
Well after our eventful first night with a trip down Poppies Lane II and the drunken, shirtless, barefoot young Aussie men, we decided we’d head back to the hotel and get dinner there. A safer bet in security and quality of food since nothing looked particularly appealing in the late […]
You don’t know if you don’t try and there is huge gulf between Chatters and the typical dim sim places in Northbridge. For example, Dragon Palace leaves this place for dead in terms of price, flavour, taste, while the servings and fillings are generous. While the service was friendly we were full but left feeling very disappointed. Not sure what the al a carte is like.
OK, this was the only restaurant we got to try given I was confined to the hotel with flu but despite feeling off colour, the restaurant was a great choice to enjoy some Asian fare and sample a few Balinese dishes. We both enjoyed our meals and the drinks plus those wet towels provide relief and refreshment from the stifling humidity.