Indonesia Restaurant - San Francisco, California
After the walk, or should I say hike, from the hotel to Lombard Street, I was famished. Since my friend agreed to accompany me on my trek, I decided that a free meal was in order. We headed towards Naan-N-Curry on O'Farrell at the recommendation of Amy. At the corner of Taylor and Post, we came across Borobudur an Indonesian restaurant. Peeking inside, I didn't see anyone dining there. As I turned around and headed back towards the corner, I saw the sign for Indonesia Restaurant across the street. Since we only have one Indonesian restaurant here in Hawaii, I decided that I would forgo my craving for Indian food and have Indonesian food instead.
Upon entering Indonesia Restaurant, I saw that it was a small shop that was not elaborately decorated -- a hole-in-the-wall. There were quite a few tables occupied, so I was hopeful that I made a good decision in coming here.
After looking over the menu, there were so many things that I wanted to try, but since I had to settle on just a few, I decided on a salad and a main dish. To start, I decided to have the gado gado (US$5.95).
This Indonesian mixed salad had green beans, potatoes, bean sprouts, tofu, hard boiled eggs, cabbage and krupuk (prawn crackers). It was all topped with a lot of peanut sauce. The only thing this was missing was the fried tempe (soybean cake). The ingredients were fresh and the peanut sauce was as authentic as any I had every tasted. It was slightly sweet with just a hint of shrimp paste and just the slightest amount of spiciness to it. Excellent!
My friend had the nasi padang (US$7.95).
This one was served with some spicy coconut beef (similar to rendang daging), a hard boiled egg in sambal sauce, some cabbage, some peanuts and sambal ikan billis (anchovies), coconut rice which was topped with fried shallots and more krupuk. I was told that this was very good.
I ordered the nasi lemak (US$8.25).
A huge mountain of nasi lemak (coconut rice) was topped with fried shallots and garnished with slices of tomato and cucumber. It was served with one piece of ayam panggang (barbecued chicken), one stick of satay ayam (chicken satay), two pieces perkedel, some peanuts and sambal ikan billis and some krupuk.
I thoroughly enjoyed both the satay and the ayam panggang. The satay was nicely barbecued and had the right amount of seasoning. The ayam panggang was tender, with the meat just falling off the bone. The sauce was just a little sweeter than I would have licked, but it was still delicious. The perkedel, which is a fried potato "cake" that has some minced meat in it was good as well. I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a bit of meat in there especially since most often times the amount of meat used to make these "cakes" is minimal at best.
After all that food, we had dessert. I really wanted the es kacang with durian, but was told that they weren't serving es kacang that day. So instead, we both decided to have the es cendol.
This looked like homemade cendol to me. The cendol (green worm-like stuff) is made from green bean flour. The dessert is finished off with some condensed milk and lots of gula melaka (palm sugar). This was delicious and wonderfully refreshing.
I'm glad I decided to stop here. The service was excellent and the food arrived quickly at our table. The tasty, delicious food was quite authentic and in my opinion, reasonably priced. I will definitely come back here on my next trip to San Francisco, and I will definitely recommend this place to all my friends who travel here.
678-680 Post Street
San Francisco, California
Indonesia Restaurant Menu.pdf
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