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Aug 4, 2013 05:59 PM

Padi Indonesian in San Leandro

Padi has another restaurant open in San Leandro few weeks ago

16695 E 14th Street,
San Leandro

I went there twice already, both for Sunday's breakfast, will be going there again next weekend.

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  1. I was in Hayward Saturday morning, and looked up Padi's website thinking I'd stop by the Berkeley location if it had something suitable for August's dish of the month. That's when I learned about the new San Leandro store, so I headed over.

    I didn't have time to linger so ordered both of my selections to go, handing over my own containers to fill.

    Baso kampung, $8.95/quart - This had about a dozen large meatballs with some braised greens, rings of shallots, and just a little beef broth around the edges. I liked the flavor, but the meatballs had quite a bit of gristle ground into them for some extra crunch-chewiness that did not appeal to me. I noticed that this item is not on the Berkeley online menu.

    Terong belado, $7.95/pint - Sweet Chinese eggplant were braised until tender and bathed in a tomato-chili sauce. The serving was much more than a pint, including about six (!) eggplant as well as a separate side of steamed jasmine rice topped with fried shallots. I ordered this "medium" and it was plenty spicy for me.

    The Sunday breakfast looked interesting too. What are the two dishes you tried?

    I asked the cashier how this location differs from Berkeley. She said that San Leandro is a little larger and is not open for lunch during the week. She also said that it's not serving dessert yet.

    There's a big parking lot too though street parking seems easy on this stretch.


    13 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      The pictures were Lontong Sayur and Bihun Goreng, both are breakfast item. Their Bubur Ayam Betawi , breakfast only, is good! I also ordered Nasi Goreng Jawa, I don't think its listed, which is good also.

      Their Empek2 Palembang is good, its a fish cake fried , with sauce, not spicy. Rendang is also good...

      On Some Saturdays they also have bacang ketan ayam, sticky rice with chicken wrapped in bamboo leaves, its good!

      1. re: Mul

        I was sorry I was in such a rush that basically I needed to order the dishes that were already prepared. I couldn't wait around for fried rice or noodles.

        Have you been to the Berkeley original, and if so, how does the cooking compare?

        Is there anything that fits this month's Southeast Asian fish in banana leaf?

        Linking up with the Berkeley reports,

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I haven't been to the Berkeley since his new location in SL is very convinient for me.

          For the dish of the month, I think couple weeks ago he had Otak Otak, a fish cake in banana leaf grilled. I missed that one. Here is the picture https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

          1. re: Mul

            Thanks, hopefully otak2 will come up in the rotation again soon.

            Lucky you to be nearby. I was rather envious when I saw this offer for weekly delivery service to closest towns.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              the delivery service explains why padi opened in such a desolate location. it's close to interstate 238.

          2. re: Melanie Wong

            Some pictures:
            - bubur ayam betawi ( rice porridge ala Jakarta )
            - bakso kampung

            1. re: Mul

              My order of baso kampung had no noodles. The container was jam packed with meatballs, some greens on the bottom and just a little soup filling in the gaps.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Sorry, I deleted the picture, that was not right picture.

        2. re: Melanie Wong

          FYI, they serve the baso kampung at the Berkeley location — it's one of the chef's specialties. Wonder where he's spending most of his time now, though, with the two locations.

          1. re: abstractpoet

            i saw the owner at the san leandro location when i finally found padi-s.l. open. he recognized my review on y... and comped me an indonesian iced tea,

            tea was totally different from other iced teas. worth paying for.

            got the terong belado, mild (eggplant)
            -deliz, fresh, but had bursts of heat that threw me off.

            re: berkeley comparison, didn't eat the same entrees. both places entrees' tasted fresh, scratch made, would equivalate the cooking of the 2 the same.

            fyi: owner told me many regulars coming to s.l. location out of convenience, also many live near 880 and are indonesian expats.

            1. re: shanghaikid

              I had the iced tea packaged in the tetrapak, same thing? This was wild. Very strong and a mossy-earthy component. I was really thirsty at the time, but the flavors were so intense, I couldn't just chug it back. Slow sips were in order.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                the iced tea was premade, sitting on the counter in a thermo-like container. probably the same thing.

                since i drink black coffee all the time, chugging the indo tea wouldn't be a problem though i did sip the tea and do sip the black coffee.

          2. re: Melanie Wong

            I visited Padi again today and had their special , Lontong Cap Gomeh, picture below.

            Ask the chef for some of the unlisted menu, such as
            - Indian Mee Goreng, Singaporean style. ( I havent tried it yet )
            - Lontong Cap Gomeh, see picture
            - Nasi Goreng Jawa ( see picture ), my comment in other post
            - special of the day on Saturdays or Sundays

            The Lontong Cap Gomeh with sambal terasi is good!

          3. Apparently the Berkeley location has closed. Wondering if there are any changes in San Leandro. Or updates welcome.

            3 Replies
            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I happened to be driving by there this weekend and almost stopped. But it was open.

              There's also an interesting looking taqueria on that stretch (the outdoor specials board listed mole Poblano). Will have to go back.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I called. It's open every day but Tuesday.

                I'd like to hear from anyone who's tried the new noodle menu offered on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Today we learned at our chowdown that the weekend noodle menu has been discontinued. The chef has refined some other noodle dishes and added them to the daily menu.