I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Indonesian food at Nusa Dua. Now Indonesian food is one cuisine I love and can find plenty of back home in Holland. I really miss it being here in London, so I was really happy to hear that this place had opened up in the West End.
It's not a fancy place by no means, but definitely a restaurant you feel comfortable in from the bat. It's decorated in a simple yet modern style with lots of traditional art that you can actually buy. Beats taking home a doggy bag.
I booked a table with 7 of my Dutch friends for the traditional rice table or rijsttafel as we call it in Dutch/ Indonesian. It's a great way to sample lots of mini portions of various Indonesian dishes. Kind of like tapas, but Asia style.
We kicked off with a plate full of lumpias or spring rolls and some chicken and pork satay. I loved the satay sauce and I had to hold myself back for not licking the plate.
Our mains consisted of a Javanese fish curry which consisted of lovely pieces of white fish swimming in a fragrant yellow curry. There were some potato dumplings also known as perdegel. Chilli prawns cooked with pineapple.
We also had a Gado Gado salad, which is made with rice, potatoes, bean sprouts and rice, hidden under a thick layer of peanut suace. And of course, my all time favourite, we had a babi rendang, beef slow cooked in a coconutty sauce.
We finished our meals with pisang goreng or fried banana drizzled with a chocolate sauce.
There was so much food that we struggled to finish it all, so yes, we left with doggy bags after all.