Whenever I went to Jakarta (or for that matter, Indonesia), I would always head out to my favourite Nasi Padang restaurants for a real treat.
Modern Asian food in a sprawling space with bar, courtyard and tables next to a huge red lantern, Red Spice Road received a lot of accolades from Melbournites and other gourmands that throttled through the beautiful back lanes.
Nested in the über-chic neighbourhood of Haji Lane was a little cafe called The Singapura Club. It featured updated versions of favourites from a murtabak stall.
On Sussex Street near Goulburn Street in Sydney, there is a very good Indonesian Restaurant. And it’s called “Shalom” – Peace be with you. You will never get a Jewish name for an Indonesian restaurant anywhere else. The owners are Christian Indonesians who have migrated to Australia. The fare is simple Indonesian home-cooked and street…