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“Nice introduction to Indonesian cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nonya

Nonya
151 Bernard Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2K3, Canada
514-875-9998
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Ranked #1,156 of 4,554 Restaurants in Montreal
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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“Nice introduction to Indonesian cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

It is my first time at Nonya and found the food very nice - even better than I was expecting. Also, my Indonesian wife enjoyed very much her meal, especially the ikan pepes, tempeh bacam and sate. She was very much impressed with the peanut sauce (god knows how indonesians are proud of their peanut sauce :-)). Also, the restaurant staff were very friendly and did a great effort to entertain our young son by providing color pencils and extra sate.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Sooooo good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We had been to Nonya more than five years ago. Having just gone back, I don't know why it took us so long to return. We had the tasting menu. From start to finish we sampled a variety of flavours and textures: all absolutely delicious and exotic. Every course titillated our taste buds. the sweet curry soup had pieces of shredded chicken, vermicelli, ginger, and large shrimp. This came with a long spring roll with peanut sauce. Then came crispy duck, chicken, shrimp toast, peanuts with anchovies, a unique salad, spicy spinach, etc. Dessert didn't disappoint. We had a wild rice pudding and cardamon milk pudding. The waiter,who we learned was also the owner and main chef, was very friendly. The rest of the wait staff were also very pleasant and attentive. When we arrived at the restaurant it was empty but by the time we left absolutely every table was occupied. Reservations are definitely a must. This is really a great restaurant when you are looking for something unique and exceptionally delicious.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Enjoyed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Our first time here, we had the seafood tasting menu. I'm extremely familiar with cuisine from the region and while it didn't blow my mind, I thought it was very good. Everything was flavourful. The portion sizes were just right.

Service was pleasant though rather slow(it was packed!).
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  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great tasting menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We used to deal for the tasting menu. There was lots of great food to try and the presentation of each dish was very nice. The food all tasted fresh and delicious and we would definitely go back. Also very generous with their glasses of wine.

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“Up and down”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Found a coupon for Nyoya's rijstaffel menu and decided to try it for the first time, finally. Having been born in Malaysia, I am familiar with what things from Asia SHOULD taste like and therefore have high standards where ethnic cuisine is concerned.

The Rijstaffel is a great tasting menu for anybody unfamiliar with Indonesian food. Although the servings were small, the sheer number of dishes to try ensured that we left with full bellies. Having said that though, it still is quite an expensive outing without a coupon.

Some items were great representations of the real deal - the laksa soup (curry noodle soup), the kroket (potato croquette), the rendang (dry beef "curry" special to this area), udang bakar (grilled shrimps) were quite good. The ayam panggang (grilled chicken) was delicious. The sambal terasi was superb (house sauce made with something like a sambal oelek plus kicap manis - sweet dark soya sauce).

The gado-gado (vegetable salad) was somewhat disappointing as this dish is all about the peanut sauce. While thankfully, this was not the Chinese-restaurant-style peanut (butter) sauce, it nonetheless lacked the rich taste of crushed peanuts cooked in coconut milk and tamarind. You can do better here, Nyonya. This one's easy to fix. The lamb saté as well could have been marinated more strongly. The sayur lodé lacked coconut flavour and acar (picked vegetables) had the beginnings of a great flavour but acar takes time as well for the vegetables to properly gather the flavour of the acar vinaigrette yet maintaining their crispiness.

What did I say about having high standards? Sorry. I think these are relatively easy points for you to address. I'd love to return to find these items better.

The best part of the evening was really the dessert platter. There was a black glutinuous rice in coconut milk (oh yeah baby, this was authentic, alright!) and a lemon grass panna cotta, served with a piece of lemon grass that you could use as a spoon. INGENIOUS! The hint of lemon grass because of that "spoon" was refreshing. Thanks also for serving good quality rambutans (hairy red fruit with litchi looking ball inside, haha) and slicing them open to help your non-Indonesian guests eat them.

All in all, even though I was disappointed with a third of the menu, I have to give this a "very good" rating as the service was fast and friendly (despite it being a full restaurant), the food was BEAUTIFULLY presented and you are a good introduction to the marvelous cuisine that is Indonesian.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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