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Jun 21, 2007 01:58 PM

Indonesian Food - Restaurant Recs

Have a craving for good, authentic Indonesian food. I've been going to Ramayani since I moved to LA and it's the only Indonesian restaurant I've ever been to. So just wondering if there are any other Indo restaurants that can match Ramayani...

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  1. I've been to Ramayani (not the one in LA but the now defunct Rowland Heights branch) and I found that I liked Toko Rame in Bellflower a whole lot better. Their Nasi Bungkus is unbeatable.

    Here's a picture of it and my review:

    There's also Asian Deli in Diamond Bar, Java Spice in Rowland Heights, and also Indo Kitchen in Alhambra...all are fair to decent, but for me, when I want Indonesian food (other than my mom's fabulous cooking), I go to Pondok Kaki Lima, the weekly Indonesian Food Fest on Saturdays at the Duarte Inn.

    Photos and long review of Pondok Kaki Lima:

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    1. re: elmomonster


      do you know if any of the vendors at the Duarte food fair do catering as well? i'm looking for an Indonesian caterer. Thanks!

      1. re: Augusta

        I'm sure they do. Unfortunately, I don't know any of them personally. You might want to ask them in person. I know that most will jump at the chance to cater...I mean, they do it anyway every week!

        1. re: Augusta

          Yup agree with elmo monster, if you ask them they will do it. I don't think anyone caters professionally (although Indonesian restaurants will, like Simpang Asia), but we've gotten people to cater for us for various things. They just do it at home, on a case-by-case basis (or should I say cash-by-cash basis) ...


      2. Indo Cafe in Culver City. I think it's off of Culver Blvd. Been awhile since I've been there...but I remember that it was pretty dang good!

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        1. re: sunnygordy

          My experience was less favorable. Didn't think the food was good and service was quite poor.

        2. Not sure about the level of authenticity, as I'm not very familiar with Indonesian food, but these are two places I've tried and like:

          Simpang Asia
          10433 National Blvd.
          here's J. Gold's review from a few years ago:

          Right across the street is
          Indo Cafe
          10428 1/2 National Blvd.

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          1. re: slacker

            Simpang Asia is my favorite, it is pretty authentic. It's simple un-fancy everyday fare you'd expect to find in food courts in Jakarta. They also have in the display case, a decent selection of ready-to-eat snacks like lemper (chicken in a rice roll).

            Go for the banana leaf-wrapped nasi warteg or nasi bungkus, and try the avocado drink.

          2. Theres a new Indo restaurant, Manja Resto, located in the same complex as the Duarte Inn. They also have a booth at the street food affair at the Duarte Inn every Saturday.


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            1. re: Vegasbuff

              wow, you guys are amazing...thanks so much...will put these down on my to-go places... :)

              1. re: chewingvampire

                Did you try any of these places? I'd be interested to hear which ones you liked. Ramayani is all i've ever had for indonesian as well..........

            2. How about Banyan Tree in Manhattan Beach? I have never been to another Indonesian restaurant but I really liked Banyan Tree! Really tasty noodles, soups, veggies and nice folks. The mood was calm and quiet. Would definitely go back.

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              1. re: running pig

                the banana leaf in the farmers market is singaorease, but has many dishes that are indonesian. and great food over all.

                1. re: elisha

                  Second Banana Leaf. I also like the Nasi Rames @ Ramayani.

                2. re: running pig

                  I believe both Banyan Tree restaurants went out of business. They had a great salad.