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Indosesian Restaurant in Seattle

Maine Hofius Jun 15, 2008 07:53 PM

Our family has been hosting a student from Sumatra. Before he returns to Indonesia in two weeks, he would like us to dine out on food from Indonesia. Did a search, found a posting from 2002. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    improvcook RE: Maine Hofius Jun 15, 2008 08:39 PM

    I've been to Indo Cafe, 543 NE Northgate Way, several times. The service can be slow, but the food is excellent. I'm no expert, but I suspect it's authentic.

    If you don't live near there and aren't keen on traveling that far, don't succumb to temptation and go to Julia's Indonesian Cafe on NE 65th. I've been there once and have no plan to go back--bland food, served cold, and so haphazardly that my wife and son got their food a good half-hour before I got mine.

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      Maine Hofius RE: improvcook Jun 15, 2008 09:46 PM

      Thanks for the tip. Have you eaten at Padi in the U District?

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        Lets_eat RE: Maine Hofius Jun 16, 2008 06:24 AM

        Yes. Save your money.

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          Maine Hofius RE: Lets_eat Jun 16, 2008 10:08 PM

          Thanks for being direct.

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        PAO RE: improvcook Jun 16, 2008 08:18 AM

        I odn't koww about bland; my one experience at Julia's was positive. A lot of Indonesian food is eaten at room temperature. If it was straight from the fridge, however, that's another thing.

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        PAO RE: Maine Hofius Jun 16, 2008 08:12 AM

        I have been to Indonesia many times,and was not impressed with the Indo Cafe. Padi is also disappointing. Julia's Indonesian Kitchen off Roosevelt is your best bet, although service can follow the concept of jam karet. Of course, Indonesian cooking is quite regional; I don't know if Julia's includes Sumatran cooking.


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          Maine Hofius RE: PAO Jun 16, 2008 10:10 PM

          Thanks to all of you.

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            equinoise RE: PAO Jun 17, 2008 02:13 PM

            Indo Cafe was pretty bad when I went. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/13937...

            I had a noodle dish at Padi that was somewhat greasy but satisfying and cheap.

            Still need to try Julia's.

          2. dagoose RE: Maine Hofius Jun 17, 2008 09:53 AM

            I haven't been to Indo cafe, but I found Julia's to be passable, though my only experience with indonesian food was in Amsterdam.

            Review here: http://thegastrognome.wordpress.com/2... is from when it first opened.

            1. Square Business RE: Maine Hofius Jun 18, 2008 03:59 PM

              I realize this is a Dutch interpretation of Indonesian food, but is there any place in the Seattle area that serves rijstaffel?

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                dagoose RE: Square Business Jun 19, 2008 10:23 AM

                see my review above.

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