If there was one meal to write about to kick start the lazy bug, it would be about Makanan Indonesia down at West End.
There is something about this place if you look beyond the horrendous lack of parking, the run down state of the restaurant and not to mention the unhygienic appearance. Look past the dodgy ambience and you will feel as if you have stepped into another country i.e. Indonesia or Malaysia. Almost modeled like a warung or a typical small family restaurant you get in South East Asia, I was told this is the place to go to for some good Indonesian food, seeing that everyone in the kitchen was or still is Indonesian.
Lots of food was ordered that night; a farewell gathering to a friend who has decided that Asia is the best place for him to be at. From Tempeh to a Tempura and Tau Foo with peanut sauce, what can go wrong? While most items were rather normal, go order the tempeh, a soy based product if you really want to eat what the locals Indonesian eat.
The mains started off with Murtabak, Stuffed Squid, Curry Chicken, Beef Rendang and some Belacan Kangkung.
The Murtabak is definitely not the version we get in Malaysia, this was like a rather big spring roll in the form of a square. The filling was rather mediocre.
The Squid is one to order again, with the fiery chilli and the nice char.
The Curry Chicken again didn't taste like what it should be.
The Beef Rendang was rich and creamy but the portion was rather small.
As much as I want to like this place for its "hole in the wall" feel, the food doesn't deliver and eventhough it does tastes somewhat like home (even though in some cases, a poor resemblance), the tiny portions and not cheap pricing will probably deter me from coming back for a long while again.
That being said, if there was one thing that I will come back for, it is the coconut rice they serve with the dishes above, it is the bomb.
Prices are around AUD25-30 per pax. I encourage you to order a few dishes to share among yourselves so you can get a taste of everything.
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Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Visit and try for its novelty and hole in the wall feel and you never know, you might love the food more than I do.