13 August 2013
I love randomly stumbling upon awesome restaurants. My date night in Victoria Park found me wearing a pretty red dress in the slightly shabby Indonesian restaurant, Batavia Corner. We congratulated ourselves on turning down an outdoor seat at The Prophet and saving some cash in the process.
Batavia Corner operates like many other Asian restaurants. Don’t wait to be seated, collect your own menus, then walk up to the counter to order and pay for food and drinks. A major upside to the self-service approach is that you can help yourself to free condiments, chilli, and filtered water!
Beef rendang ($8.70) with steamed rice ($2.20)
I quite enjoyed the flavour of the dish and the generous serving of beef, which was a little tough. However, this beef curry should have been much spicier and the sauce was too runny. Also they needed to reheat the curry longer because it was only luke-warm. I’ll remember to visit Ipoh Garden in Myaree next time I’m craving beef rendang.
Es soda ($3.80) and Es cendol ($3.80)
We explored a few of the cold drinks despite the poorly-translated descriptions on the menu. My choice was es soda which was a delightfully refreshing mixture of rose syrup, condensed milk, and soda water. I’ll have to recreate this at home during the summertime!
My handsome dining companion opted for the es cendol which contains coconut milk, palm sugar, and green rice flour jelly noodles (which my family calls “worms”). This was delicious and was just the right sweetness. Normally I’m not a fan of cendol, but this one was a winner.
Mee goreng jawa ($9.90)
The fried noodles with chicken and egg looked somewhat unappetising, but were quite tasty and the leftovers were great for breakfast the next day. I prefer the Malaysian-style mee goreng from Taurus Hawker because it’s packed with more flavour. However, at least Batavia Corner gives you free reign of the chilli pot so you can spice things up!
Sate ayam (5 pieces for $8.80)
Highlight of the night was the char-grilled chicken satay with home-made satay sauce. So damn tasty. The meat was very tender and had a wonderful smoky taste that you don’t get without proper fire. I was very happy to see heaps of yummy peanut sauce slathered over the top of the satay. The meat could have been a little more charred and crunchy on the outside, but otherwise is some of the best satay that I’ve eaten in Perth.
Batavia Corner is now one of my top picks for Indonesian food in Perth. I’m definitely ordering the satay next time and I look forward to trying lots of their other dishes, and maybe some of the snacks they sell at the counter. Bintang Cafe is just a few metres away, but the food is similarly priced and not as tasty (plus it has a ridiculous name that reminds me of bogans wearing tank tops from Bali).
Likes: awesome chicken satay, delicious iced drinks
Dislikes: slightly luke-warm curry
Value for money: great
Overall: will definitely return with my family and try more dishes
912 Albany Hwy
East Victoria Park WA
(08) 9362 6919