Hamburg - Indon Sate, Tahu Telor, Nasi Goreng et al
Toraja on Brandstwiete, a 5-minute jaunt from Binnenalster, served perhaps the best Indonesian tahu telor I'd had in this part of the world. The tofu & egg omelette had been cooked till the insides were custardy smooth, covered with a satiny, crisp egg-crust. It's served smothered with a peanut-based spiced sauce, the same, perhaps, as that which covered their tender-grilled chicken sate sticks.
The Indon food at Toraja was perhaps a tad salty, but the native Indon flavors were there - at least where the tahu telor, sate and Nasi Goreng were concerned. They offered 3 types of Nasi Goreng - chicken, beef and shrimp. All were fried without the addition of sambal (chilli paste), but can be tweaked upon request.
The beef rendang was a bit of a disappointment - the beef was okay, the coconut creme used was either the canned or the powdered variety. The spices used were also non-fresh, thus affecting the end-product, which tasted nothing like the beef rendang one would find in Indonesia.
The house specialty - stir-fried chilli chicken Toraja-style was a revelation though - the chilli content packed a lethal punch which complemented the tender chicken slivers perfectly.
Service was friendly & attentive. Overall, pretty good restaurant (perhaps the best in Hamburg) to get authentic Indonesian flavors in Northern Europe. To get any better, one will have to go to Amsterdam.
Tel: 040 38665402