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When in Jakarta, eat Nasi Padang!

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Ayam bakar, ayam pop and ayam goreng

In my recent two work travels to Jakarta, I ate a fair bit of nasi padang; a feast of assorted meats, fish and vegetables, eaten with white rice and fiery sambal. I dined at Sari Indah, Sari Ratu and Garuda, where the nasi padang is served “hidang” style. The dishes are laid out on the table and you’re only charged the items you eat.

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I haven’t eaten enough Nasi Padang to judge, but the dishes from Sari Ratu are quite tasty – best among the three. What fascinates me is the mind boggling array each restaurant offers. There’s at least four types of chicken, from grilled (ayam bakar), to fried (ayam goreng) to Padang style (ayam pop), best eaten with sambal.

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Garuda Nasi Padang

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Gulai Otak (cow’s brain)

And then you have curries or gulai, creamy yet spicy and best eaten with white rice. Sari Indah serves several versions, including cow liver and cow brain (gulai otak). I tried some brain which was actually very tasty once you get over the fact that you’re eating a brain. That said, skip the brains at Garuda, for they don’t do it well.

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The yummy spread at Sari Indah

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Garuda nasi padang display

Prices aren’t exactly cheap. Expect to pay between RM30-50 per head for a full course nasi padang meal. More if you order prawns, which I did. Good stuff though. 🙂

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Sari Indah
Jl. Wolter Monginsidi
No. 42-44, Senopati,
Jakarta.
Tel: 021 7278000

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Rumah Makan Garuda
Jl. KH. Agus Salim
No. 59, Menteng
Jakarta Pusat
Tel: 021 3142466

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Sari Ratu
Plaza Senayan
Jl. Asia Afrika
No.8, Jakarta Pusat,
Indonesia
Tel: 021 5725826

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