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Nov 9, 2012 10:44 AM

Padi, Homestyle Indonesian, Open in Berkeley

As reported here, Padi, a new Indonesian place, took over Berkeley's Holy Land space.

It's open now. What's the word, 'hounds?

2965 College Ave
Berkeley CA 94705

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  1. Went there last Saturday. Great pempek (fish cake) and empal (marinated fried beef). Flavors are almost just like back home. Friendly chef too that comes out and chat.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Crunchyapple

      Their website is a confusing mess.

      However the food looks and sounds tasty,I hope to try it for lunch this week.

      1. re: Mission

        The menu is there, it's a weird Flash thing, you have to drag the cover to the left to see the menu proper.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          the in house menu looks nothing like the online menu. calling it a "soft opening", they have a menu that fits the category i've described.

          the online menu seems geared toward catering and investors.

          1. re: shanghaikid

            The weird Flash menu on the Web site is almost identical to the one we ordered from today and to the takeout menu I'm looking at right now, just a few dishes are different.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              i'll take your word for it. not getting a flash. no menus are dragging. must be missing an upgrade somewheres.....

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  thanx.. yep. looks similar to the inhouse menu.

    2. Padi offers sumatra style indonesian food. it's spicier than jakarta style.

      menu: "starters, soup & more, vegetarian & vegan, all time favorites, hot & spicy choices, mild choices, sweets and drinks"

      not sure what to order so picked "Nasi Campor Special" -rice combination plate (8.95)
      -menu implies and some reviews complained of small portions.
      -got one boiled egg, one soy sauce marinated drummete, a potato pancake, and small bowl of curry vegetable rice cake soup, sliced tomatoes and large scoop of jasmine rice..
      -flavors vibrant with random bursts of hot spiciness.
      -items on special change daily, most come from menu.

      expect to spend $$, entrees seem to be of the "small plate" genre. fresh, tasty food, halal meats, no msg tasted.

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      1. re: shanghaikid

        Comparisons to Jayakarta? Mainly just the Sumatran difference?

        1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

          haven't been to Jayakarta. Padi's chef refers to their food as "sweet" and following the Jakarta style of indonesian cooking.

          1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

            The biggest difference in the dishes we have had a both restaurants was in spicing.
            Padi more Chilis, not as sweet, less Southeast Asian spicing (Lemongrass and Lime Leaf) more of "South Asian spices" (Turmeric, Coriander, Cumin Etc..)
            Jayakarta not as Chili hot, slightly sweeter and more complexity mostly from the Lemongrass and Lime Leaf and the like

            1. re: chefj

              Happy to see so many positive reports on the food so far. And especially your drawing a bead on the differences in cooking style.

              The nasi tumpeng section on the catering menu looks fascinating.

        2. I stopped in a few days ago, but did not get food. There was a "soft opening" sign -- not all menu items available. I asked about beer and wine, they had none, and are not likely to get a liquor license. I don't recall whether Holy Land had a liquor license -- we always brought our own.

          It's not legal for restaurants without liquor licenses to allow BYOB but some places don't care as long as you are discreet. Other places, perhaps this one, do not allow alcohol for religious reasons.

          1. Most of the dishes weren't familiar to me. Ordered rendang ($11), best I've had, very nice spice blend, good level of heat, would definitely order again. Pempek palembang (fish cake with spicy vinegar, $8) was two small balls and one big one with an egg inside plus some noodles, nice heat. Ayam penyet (smashed fried chicken with spicy chili, $10) ordered spicy, good but not exciting, sauce was very good, spicy enough that I probably won't try the "crazy spicy" level. With rice that was more than enough food for two.

            They don't seem to be Americanizing this at all. Nice addition to the neighborhood.

            1. Ate dinner here last night before a movie across the street. They had run out of the rendang, so I ended up getting the fried rice combination plate. Very good flavor and a good value, I thought.