25 September 2012
There’s a little Indonesian restaurant in Vic Park that my friend recommended. Usually I’m wary of advice from non-Asians about ‘authentic’ Asian cuisine, but I made an exception because he lived in Indonesia for a few years!
Nasi goreng special ($9.90)
My dining companion chose the Nasi Goreng Special, which is fried rice with prawn crackers, fried egg and 2 sticks of chicken satay. If you order nasi goreng in a restaurant that isn’t Indonesian or Malay, it’s probably not legit. Fortunately, the fried rice was tasty, wholesome and filling. Good value for money!
Sate ayam madura (5 sticks for $7.50)
We felt a bit greedy so we ordered extra chicken satay. I’m a huge fan of the Malaysian style satay, but I wasn’t so pleased with the Indo version. The peanut sauce was less sweet and nutty than I’m used to. However, the meat had a lovely charred flavour and was still a tasty treat! Similar to my disappointing experience at Ten Ten in Myaree (check out my review), it was a shame to miss out on rice cakes, onion and cucumber pieces to dip into the sauce.
Nasi campur ($10.90)
My Nasi Campur was an interesting mix of bits and pieces. The curry chicken wasn’t spicy enough, the tomato-base sauce on the tofu didn’t amaze me, and the random clump of fried noodles was yummy was insubstantial. Overall, this dish was a slight let-down and I’ll try something else next time I visit.
Free condiments and chilli
Bonus points for unlimited supply of many different chilli sauces.
Gado gado ($8.20)
This dish was a bit disappointing due to an unreasonable amount of cabbage. The gado gado that I once ate at Sparrows (under new management) was far tastier and had my favourite cubes of rice cake. This was filling and I consumed my serve of vegies for the day, but that’s about it.
Kari ayam ($8.50) and Yellow rice ($2 per serving)
The Kari Ayam was unappetising and quite watery. This is quite far down the ranks in terms of chicken curry and the potatoes were oddly shrivelled.
Bintang timur ($3)
This is an interesting drink that I haven’t yet managed to recreate at home. My amateur culinary tastebuds picked up rose syrup and cherry cordial. Give it a thorough stir or suffer from toothe-ache!! I really enjoyed this drink, even though I found Cherry Coke an awful concoction.
Nasi kuning komplit ($10.90)
I didn’t try the Nasi Kuning Komplit, but it was reported to be quite average. You can very easily fry ikan belis (dried anchovies) at home. The chicken, tofu, and lumps of curry didn’t save the dish.
Service at Bintang Cafe is what you’d expect at a small, local Asian restaurant. Order at the counter, collect your own cutlery, and just make sure they remember to bring out your food.
Likes: cheap, filling meals
Dislikes: suffering through average dishes to try and find the good ones
Value for money: yes, $10 is hardly going to break the bank
Overall: stick to the classics like Nasi Goreng
Shop 11/910 Albany Highway
East Victoria Park WA
(08) 9472 9788