Padi, Homestyle Indonesian, Open in Berkeley
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.
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
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.
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.
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.