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Jul 3, 2012 09:13 AM

Any info on Indo Cafe in Saratoga?

Anyone been to Indo Cafe in Saratoga? Looks like it could be a great Indonesian place, and a place that has some interesting fried chicken!

I'm probably going to be passing by this evening, and might stop for a bit of takeout.....let me know if anyone has recommendations!

Dave MP

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  1. No personal experience but I see that the FB page indicated ayam goreng kremes as a special one day. Would love to find out what other styles of ayam goreng (fried chicken) are made there. Here's a list of some traditional preps:

    Ayam goreng belada
    Ayam goreng berempah
    Ayam goreng kalasan
    Ayam goreng kicap
    Ayam goreng kremes
    Ayam goreng kuning
    Ayam goreng lengkuas
    Ayam goreng mamak
    Ayam goreng mentega
    Ayam goreng pandan
    Ayam goreng suhart
    Ayam goreng terasi
    Siomay ayam goreng

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Cool! I'm gonna try to stop by today, and will report back. I will also bring this list :)

      1. re: Dave MP

        Since it seems to be a daily special, a back up for ayam goreng would be Bay Leaf in Sunnyvale in case Indo Cafe is not making it today. Here's the menu for Bay Leaf:

        And it has one not on my list, ayam goreng bumbu bali. Bay Leaf appears to be another mother lode for ayam goreng with five on the menu, maybe six if that chicken gizzard dish is fried.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I called to confirm, and Indo Cafe has the fried chicken every day. Not sure what style it is exactly (they just said ayam goreng) but I can try to find out more if I am able to try it!

          1. re: Dave MP

            A group of 4 adults and 4 kids went there earlier today. Since we were a large enough group we ordered all the 6 dishes from the top. Overall the food was quite excellent, the family running it was super friendly and we had a great meal.

            A few comments related to the food:

            * The combination meals are a lot of food for $9. One of the dinners was $11, came a bit late so we just packed it up
            * The friend chicken was delicious. The kids ate that pretty quickly.
            * The beef rendang was quite tough and I was bit surprised and disappointed. However when we got our next combo plate, the server apologized and said he pulled the meat from the wrong pot and we should definitely taste it from the new plate. He also offereed to get us a new bowl of rendang. That was very nice of him to do so.
            * The food was quite spicy but there were a few dishes that were not too spicy. The kids enjoyed the non-spicy parts of the meal and a bit of the spicy ones also
            * We had two dessert drinks. Was quite hot down there, that did do the trick of cooling us down

            Overall a great place to visit when u r in the neighbourhood


    2. I made it to Indo Cafe on Tuesday, and was really glad I made the stop.

      I ended up ordering a plate of food (the nasi uduk combo) that included the fried chicken, as well as coconut rice, sambal telur (chili egg), and beef rendang. Everything was delicious.

      The fried chicken is ayam goreng kuning (yellow fried chicken), and it's slow cooked in liquid ahead of time, and refrigerated....then fried in a small deep-fryer when you order The skin was crispy, meat was tender (they only had thigh pieces), and had a slight flavor of coconut and some spices. Awesome.

      Coconut rice was a bit on the dry side, but the sauces more than made up for it. Beef rendang was more tart than most versions I've had before (extra tamarind? or some other acid?) but really excellent. Meat was easily cut with a fork, sauce was thick and rich. Egg sambol was spicy and really good too.

      I had a boxed Indonesian iced tea (sweetened) to drink...unfortunately I can't remember the brand name.

      The restaurant was a bit tricky to find, since the entrance is in the back parking lot, but it's definitely worth a stop if you're in the Saratoga area!

      Dave MP

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      1. re: Dave MP

        Forgot to add that there was also a little potato fritter (in the bottom left of the picture). It was fried and wasn't bad, but it was my least favorite thing on the plate.

        1. re: Dave MP

          I believe that kuning means turmeric, the source of the yellow coloration. How much did the plate set you back?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            The plate was $8.99, and then the iced tea was $1.50 or $2.00