|“Majestic” bamboo cage entrance
The exterior of restaurant might seem quite intimidating at a large corner lot shop in USJ with a “majestic” bamboo cage entrance. Will it burn a hole through my wallet? They serve rice set from RM 9.90 to RM 12.90, and some “luxurious” dishes for 2-4 people to share; I would say there is something for everyone and every budget. The interior is spacious and brightly lit, suitable for gathering and family dinner, plus some solid wood table which weight 200kg and some corners of the place are well decorated, and there is a second floor and balcony for exterior seating.
Fandi the manager (looks like Chinese, and he is Indonesian) introduces Crispy Fried Spring Duck, Ox Tail Soup, Crispy Fried Talapia, Coconut Fish Soup, Crispy Fried Soft Chicken and Gado Gado as their signature dishes; Soursoup Juice, Avocado Juice, Teh Kotjok Cincau and Teh Rempah Serai as their signature drinks.
I was tempted by the Nasi Goreng D’Bakul (RM 13) rice set, but decide to go with individual dishes instead since there are two of us. Our main dish is Ayam Komplit (RM 37), which is 4 pieces of chicken, each cooked in different styles: Ayam Presto, Ayam Penyet, Ayam Bakar and Ayam Goreng. I can’t really identify each chicken properly (all seems yellow to me), but they are definitely tasty (the rempah works well), the meat is tender and there are slight variations (some crispy, some dry, some with sauce, and some spicy).
|Ayam Komplit (RM 37)
Our second dish is Talapia Saos Kaki Lima (Crispy Fried Talapia in Plum Sauce) for RM 28. The plum sauce is a good complement to the fried fish, and it’s really crispy and the meat is fine (not funny taste or texture). The Chinese believed fried-method are reserved for fish which are not so fresh, but I believe the Indonesian probably like their fish crispy.
|Talapia Saos Kaki Lima (Crispy Fried Talapia in Plum Sauce) for RM 28
We decided to skip plain rice and try the Nasi Bakar (Grilled Mixed Rice with Chicken Chunks and Anchovies) for RM 7.50 (enough for 2 person unless you are a big rice eater). It looks like a pulut, but not glutinous rice; it’s grilled rice wrapped like a pulut, there is a nice fragrance from it, but I could hardly see the chicken chunks and anchovies, and it’s slightly dry due to the grilled nature.
|Nasi Bakar (Grilled Mixed Rice with Chicken Chunks and Anchovies) for RM 7.50
We try the Avocado Juice (RM 8.50), with green avocado and some chocolate stripes (I remember the drink is quite popular when I visited Surabaya). It’s refreshing, slightly bitter (Avocado duh) with some sweetness from the chocolate (I assume the brown color stripes are chocolate). Soursoup Juice (RM 6) is refreshing as well.
|Soursoup Juice (RM 6), Avocado Juice (RM 8.50)
Overall I would say it’s a tasty and satisfying meal, and with 4 people we would be able to try more variety of the dishes available. The restaurant is more suited for family and gathering rather than for couple or the younger crowd. How is this place compared to the famous Balinese restaurant in town? The Balinese restaurant serves more western dishes to cater for local taste, and you can’t mix Authentic with Fusion together. Indonesian food is not in mass appeal like Italian or Japanese food, so it might take a while for the local to get a hang of it. It’s refreshing to try Indonesian cuisine once in a while, and the food is indeed tasty, but I am still not addicted to it or go crazy about it.
If you want to have some kind of celebration or gathering, this might be a good choice due to the space and high ceiling. They even have Nasi Tempeng (traditional Javanese food) for RM 300 which is suited for a party with 20-30 people: consist of Nasi Kuning, Ayam Goreng, Perkedel Kentang, Sayur Urap, Orek Tempe, Sambal Kentang and Semur Telur Puyuh. One day before reservation is required.
D’Bakul is running a Ramadan Dinner Buffet from 14 July to 7 August, from 7pm to 9.30pm. RM 65 for adult and RM 35 for children. I was told they serve special dishes like Roast Lamb and Beef on weekend :)
This place is Halal with their Halal certificate at their door front.
Indonesian Authentic Cuisine
55 A Ground Floor
Jalan USJ 10/1F
Taipan Business Center
Tel: 03 80206813