Padi Indonesian in San Leandro
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.
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!
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,
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.
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!