Warung Tujuh, Brighton
Well marinated if slightly skimpy skewers of satay ayam/chicken, given a deeper sweet note by the obligatory kecap manis, a sticky dark sweet sauce used often in Indonesian cooking. Rich peanut sauce, slightly chunky, with the appropriate depth that distinguishes it from mere peanut butter.
Gado gado, with all the right ingredients - slices of boiled egg, green beans, cabbage, potato, cucumber, cubes of bean curd (the appropriate tau kua variety) and nutty melinjo nut crackerrs with the spot-on edge of bitterness. Smothered with the right amount of the peanut sauce, similar to the one from the satay.
Good slow cooking in the rendang daging/beef, the gravy cooked down to the right concentration and consistency, the coconut milk, lemongrass and other spices mingling seamlessly, with a fairly sustained background of clove and the beef broke into firm but tender fibres easily.
Ikan bumbu bali consisted of fairly good pan fried fish fillets (wished it was a whole fish), fairly fresh and clean tasting, with delicate texture. The sauce was somewhat spicy, but seemed a little one dimensional compared with the other dishes. Not bad, but not great either.
Coconut flavoured rice was a good whiff of coconut milk, with sprinkles of crispy shallots.
Pretty serious and genuine Indonesian cooking, with roughly all the right flavours. Definitely worth exploring the menu in greater detail. They didn't have nasi kuning, the turmeric flavoured yellow rice, but it's worth checking if a call in advance would yield that in a rijsttafel setting. Wonder if they have Dutch owners.