Friday, July 1, 2011

Makanan Indonesia @ West End, Brisbane

It's been an awfully long time since I put on the writing cap and start to really write some mouth watering food reviews. Blame it on the fact that I actually have got work to do in office or my laptop screen is facing the public corridor or simply by the fact that I am in bed by 10pm.


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.  

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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.

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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.

Address and contact details:

Makanan Indonesia on Urbanspoon

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.

11 comments:

Sean said...

indonesian murtabak? looks like the malaysian one wins, huh :D

A humble Taiping kaki said...

All the spicy food looks fantastic. Did you try nasi gila?

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

look yummy, and i like all these spicy foods.

minchow said...

Yikes! That laptop facing public corridor is a indeed somewhat unfortunate position! Maybe you could gun for a move to a secluded corner next!

Gastronomy Gal said...

Sigh... wouldn't it be great to have some amazing Indonesian and other ethnic restaurants?

P.s it is hard to keep up blogging whilst working full time, Isn't it!?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

gastronomy gal: yeah tell me about it. u know, i think this place has the potential but prob some dishes have been watered down here n there to cater for the public.

minchow: well this is my 3rd desk in 8 months and since we are on a new floor, i dont think i b moving to my 4th desk anytime soon!

sonia: i wish some were spicier.

humble: whats nasi gila???

sean: hands down i say.

CUMI & CIKI said...

wah! here's your challenge! find the best murtabak in OZ!! LOL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: prob till the day i learn how to make one haha.

msihua said...

Oh goodness.. I should not have clicked on this as I haven't eaten lunch and it's nearly dinner time.. Oh my.. lapar!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: haha wrong time to surf for food!

eiling lim said...

wow that is quite expensive. it's much cheaper here in KL and Sari Ratu Indonesian Padang cuisine is not bad too.