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anyone been to Bromo Satay House in Elmhurst?

squinchy Apr 19, 2010 12:01 PM

Just opened last week, i think.


Of places in the area, I think I like Java Village best, followed by Mie Jakarta. Minangasli I haven't visited since the new ownership.
Still haven't made it to Upi Jaya (and yes, i know I should go!). But actually all these places seem a bit different, which makes sense (perhaps they represent cooking from different parts of Indonesia?


Anyway, curious about Bromo ...

Mie Jakarta
86-20 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Upi Jaya
76-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Java Village
86-10 Justice Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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    quentinC Jul 4, 2010 06:12 AM

    We went yesterday for lunch. We ordered Satay (of course), rujak, and a mie dish to try as well as a few drinks. The beef satay was tasty, I really liked the peanut sauce, as well as the slivers of raw chilies and shallots on top- it tasted very much like what I remember having when I visited Java, right down to the gristly cut of beef used (a turn off to my dining companion) The yellow coconut rice (.50 extra) that comes on the side is excellent. - The rujak salad was decent, if a bit muddy, and the fruit was not as varied as I would have liked. The mie dish was disappointing-- I cannot remember the name, but it was in a broth that tasted suspiciously canned or boullion flavored- the sauce on the side was appropriately hot and funky with shrimp paste, jaggery and spice, but did not come together to me. We haven't been to Upi Jaya or Asli (we keep getting distracted by all the great thai places nearby), I would be curious how this place compares-- The Ayam goreng on another table looked fantastic, I would go to try that- and the satay was very good. The service is very sweet (if a little slow) and the place is quiet and comfortable. It was filled with indonesians when we went.

    Upi Jaya
    76-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

    Bromo Satay House
    83-25 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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    1. re: quentinC
      el jefe Jul 11, 2010 02:17 PM

      I made it to Bromo a couple of weeks ago. Disappointing in comparison to the food at the other Queens Indonesian restaurants. The decor at Bromo is nice, the friendly service was perfect, and the presentation was excellent. Unfortunately, the food is better at both Upi Jaya and Minangasli. And I'm going for the food, not the decor and service.

      What Bromo did have going for it is that its A/C was working. I've been to both Upi Jaya and Minangasli during the recent heat wave and neither had a functioning air conditioner. I won't be going back to any of them until the summer is over. that and the fact that I'll be in Indonesia next month but that's another story.

      Upi Jaya
      76-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

    2. bigjeff Apr 19, 2010 04:38 PM

      thanks for the recon; indeed all of those places are pretty different; maybe upi jaya and minangasli can fight each other a bit but the two others are distinctive; maybe not only regional differences necessarily but style of establishment as well. will definitely check the place out on my ride home tonight.

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      1. re: bigjeff
        el jefe May 7, 2010 11:55 AM

        So, what did you think, Jeff?

        1. re: el jefe
          bigjeff May 14, 2010 08:53 AM

          ahhh, well when I said check out, I was just checking it out; didn't eat there.

          place was packed though, which was good . . . . when I do hit it, I will report for sure.

          1. re: bigjeff
            squinchy May 26, 2010 09:08 AM

            dave cook/eating in translation hit it:

            1. re: squinchy
              squinchy May 26, 2010 11:04 AM

              and the village voice!

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