We realize that Indonesia is a big archipelago with a wide variety of cultures and as such food traditions. The ingredients might be the same but the way the food is prepared or the use of herbs can make a difference.
The staff was dressed in traditional clothing and was very, very kind and attentive. Seated at the window we were able to look at the restaurant. We expected a more traditional set up but can't deny it was nicely done. Everything looked pretty clean, toilets including. The small towels to dry your hands are very nice and comfortable.
So far so good. We decided to order a rice table. Discussing it over with the staff we added sateh kambing on their recommendation. We agreed to serve everything at once, which later proved to be a bit of a mistake. We had no problem to make minor changes ordering noodles, spicy rice and normal rice. So far so good.
Food was served and we were facing a few little problems. Table is basically too small to deal with all the dishes. The two chafers aren't enough to our opinion to keep everything warm. The staff added a small table to prepare the sateh kambing in front of use. That was very interesting, but took a while. In the mean time the other dishes were getting cold especially those that weren't on the chafers. We recommend visitors to get the sateh kambing as a starter. The nice thing about the preparation at your table is that you can discuss the level of spiciness of it for everybody. Taste was great!
So back to the main rice table. Without any doubt it was abundant. We couldn't eat everything it was simply too much. Quality was okay to us. However about the flavours we have mixed feelings. Some dishes we thought to be great where others were considered to be mediocre. We couldn't make out the difference between the two beef bowls and also the pork bowls tasted more or less the same. Was it bad? No but compared to our experiences with other Indonesian restaurants we expected more distinction between the dishes. May be the way it was done is representative for the area they relate too. May be it had a touch of the Chinese ktichen. We don't know.
Rice was cold, even when it was served it wasn't really warm, and so was the noodle bowl after a short while. Staff was perfectly willing to bring in fresh stuff but why not being smarter, keeping the stuff on temperature?
Tea and coffee, included, completed our evening.
So all in all we had a nice evening but believe they have to step it up a bit to be a really great restaurant. Service, quality and quantity of the food, atmosphere are worth 4 stars, flavours, temperature of the dishes and the table setting are at a 3 star level.
Indrapura offers value for money but it depends on your taste and preference for flavours to be completely satisfied.
Parking is free and not a problem in the streets nearby.
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