Indonesia Indah Restaurant, Perth
The restaurant, looking dark and mysterious (and semi-dodgy), did not deter DG and I as we walked down the steep stair case into the world of Indonesia Indah Restaurant.
In hindsight, I should have let that deter us but we still went in as I saw a sticker that stated it had won the I Love Food Awards that is run by the Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel. My thought process was that it had to have good food if it’s won an award… right? Plus ‘Indonesia Indah’ literally means beautiful Indonesia. I guess it was only curiosity which really made me go down to this place.
We were guided to a table which had been cleared, but yet when I put my hand on the table while I was talking to my friend, I touched a piece of cold chicken that was still on the table but I didn’t notice. Yuck!! I should have taken that as an omen, as everything went down hill from there.
DG ordered the ‘Pepe’s Seafood “Indonesia Indah”’ ($22.50) which is supposed to have barbecued scallops, prawns, squid, and fish with spices. I noticed that the restaurant claims to be the ‘House of Rendang’ and that the Chicken Rendang ($11.90).
We were both really dismayed by the dishes we ordered. Perhaps the Chef(s) were having a really bad day. They had run out of most of the seafood apart from the fish on the list, so they thought it was ‘alright’ to substitute all of that with fake crab (i.e. sliced crab sticks).
I chose the Chicken Rendang as it stated to have been praised by Bill Thompson, a former Sunday Times Newspaper Food Critic. Unfortunately the Rendang wasn’t that great and the chicken was overcooked.
We also ordered desserts, which came out during the time we were having our mains. I thought desserts were supposed to come after the mains. Or maybe they were just trying to get rid of us quickly, even though the majority of the diners at this restaurant were people from tour groups who were still eating.
Indonesia may be beautiful. Disappointingly, the food at Indonesia Indah certainly is not.
Indonesia Indah Restaurant
118-120 Barrack Street
Perth WA 6000