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This property has identified as Asian-owned and Women-owned.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $26
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Asian, Indonesian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed November 24, 2019

It was a Thursday evening when I made my first visit to Bandung Indonesian Restaurant. I was in need of something new and a friend had raved about the house-made tempeh, something I was unfamiliar with, so I drove to Williamson. The ambience was inviting...with soft lights and walls decorated with framed images and masks from Indonesia. I was eating alone and ordered the small eggplant curry with tempeh, and the pad Thai noodles with tempeh. The curry came with a scoop of white rice and was outrageously good! It was smooth, flavorful with a hint of peanuts in the coconut milk, and a kick of heat. Unlike other Asian restaurants, the waitress did not ask how spicy I wanted my food and I welcomed that. Food is served spicy the way, I imagine, it's eaten in Indonesia. The menu claims that the pad Thai noodles are the best in town and the claim was true. It really was excellent. After eating every drop of the curry, I tasted the noodles then packed it in a to-go box for my Friday lunch. The tempeh was healthy-tasting, but next time I'll try the curry with shrimp or chicken. To end my meal I had Indonesian ginger tea which came in powdered form. The hot water could've been hotter, but it was still a nice ending to a satisfying meal. I will return with friends.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

Bandung has the best Indonesian meals in Madison, WI. There are great food choices, comfortable accommodations and even live music at times.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed April 29, 2019

Tired of the same old thing? I know I was, that's why I tried Bandung. Amazing food. Our service was good. Every dish we tried (and shared) was excellent. Different to be sure. I'm glad we stepped out of our box and tried something new....Be aware: the Pad Thai was HOT! Which they tell me is authentic. Yikkes! Had to get extra rice to tone it down--but it was excellent. Still, I'd order it again because every bite was wonderful.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 26, 2019

The food is excellent & provides a wide variety of taste treats. Our group of 4, 2 of us being from Java, enjoyed the array of choices that deftly display the cuisine of Indonesia. The service was only OK; the hostess was hardly welcoming or...friendly - never cracked a smile. Our waitress was knowledgeable but didn't come back to check on us & we had to finally ask for our check. Considering the friendliness of the Javanese, we were surprised by the lack of warmth in atmosphere. On the plus side, parking is right on the premises - a plus in the Willy St. area where one often has to search for street parking.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

We were a part of 7 and were seated on the table near the window. It was cold plus the draft from the door. We also did not get any Tempeh chips :-(.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

This is just a block or so from my wife's job and actually has a parking lot so folks can avoid cruising around looking for a place to stash the car. Nice friendly staff, and the menu is a delight of various types of Asian...food. We try different tasty things at lunch and there are always specials which also come with an appetizer. We usually have lumpia for a starter, which is a Philippine egg roll. Portion sizes can be adjusted to suit one's appetite. Service is quick and efficient which is good for the working types who only have a short time for lunch. One nice nod to the neighborhood is a short menu of gluten free, fat free, and vegetarian choices.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This place is wonderful! The atmosphere is nice, the wait staff are very knowledgable, and the food is impeccable! My family is Indonesian and they are willing to drive from Chicago all the way to Madison just for this food. It’s absolutely delicious!!

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

We were disappointed. We had been to Bandung several times but not for a year or more. Everything was too sweet...not the desserts (didn't have those) but the main courses. It was as if they had extra sugar they were trying to use up. I...don't understand why the change. We had had a very good Oseng Oseng Tempeh there in the past...even have the recipe that was published in a local magazine which we have made at home. The dish served at this visit was not good...as with the other dishes, very sweet...plus no coconut milk as is in the published recipe. Not likely to go back any time soon. I dislike writing a review like this as I would like this restaurant to be successful but the food really was not up to past quality.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

It caters to the local taste, and sells good Tempeh which is made in their kitchen. It was busy during dinner hours. They have various portion size options which may let you try different things.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Krakatua chicken was fun and yummy. Curry veg dish was good as well (nice coconut milk flavor) The staff was attentive without bothering. Excellent! Parking was a bit tight so be prepared. Busy on weekends, so plan ahead.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

Ate here with people from work who ranged from meat eaters to vegetarians. We stuck mainly to vegetarian options and had a nice shared meal. Apparently they make their own tempeh which was good. Dishes had range from mild to spicy. Good selection of local...beer too. I can't vouch for the authenticity of the food but I am guessing this was a "hybrid" Southeast Asian type of place. There were dishes that sounded Thai and the server admitted as much. However, the Pad Thai was one of the best dishes on the menu---go figure!More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

I've been coming to this restaurant once a summer on my way up to Oshkosh for the last few years. The food is excellent, as is the service. I love the sizzling shrimp and the mango curry. My parents absolutely love the beef and chicken...satay. My mouth is already watering as I anticipate next year's visit to this wonderful establishment.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed May 24, 2017

I've been to Indonesia several times before so I had high expectation for this place and quite excited to try. Ordered few appetizers, some of them are food that I'm familiar with when i was in Indonesia. I was very disappointed the flavor just totally...bland. The main entree also the same, in fact they didn't taste like Indonesian food at all. Mostly just sweet and salty, kinda taste like regular chinese food. Not to mention the overpriced menu. At least the service was good and fast. Definitely not going back.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

The food was excellent and many of the plates came in small and large sizes. I had the Bo Po with fire grilled chicken- very well seasoned with lots of veggies with a side of white rice. Several of the dessert options on the menu...were not available. The service was attentive. Decor is pleasant for a strip mall restaurant. I would definitely return.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed April 23, 2017

I was introduced to Bandung by a Madison resident. We had a wonderful dinner with an appetizer sampler and two entrees, both curries. It was fantastic. This was a few years back. I live in Milwaukee but liked Bandung so much that I introduced my...husband (a meat and potatoes type) to it. Surprisingly he loved the Daging Semur with beef. We made it a point to bring a cooler with us anytime we traveled in or near Madison and would bring home the Semur and an eggplant and tofu curry. We loved it. At that point, I should have given 5 stars. We have eaten their food about a dozen times. The second to last time, about a year ago, I ordered my curry and they left out the tofu, which, given the nature of the dish, left me with very little food but still a good sauce. We just ordered from here again a few days ago and I inquired about the mango curry. The person on the phone wasn't terribly helpful but did say he preferred it to my usual. He also answered correctly that it was in a yellow curry sauce (didn't have a menu when I ordered). We drove back to Milwaukee exepcting great things and both decided it may be our last Bandung experience. My husband's Daging Semur with beef was skimpy filling less than half of the container and had very little beef. The potatoes seemed to be reheated or reused in some way and comprised more than half of the dish. My mango curry was thin, a modest portion, but had little chunks of very, very old potato that were dark and wrinkly and tasted of old oil. I was pretty sure that they were left over and recooked perhaps more than once. The mango was overly sweet and mushy, some pieces very dark, but that was something I should have thought through before ordering, perhaps that it how it should be. The sauce was underwhelming. There were some other vegetables but they all seemed to be small overcooked pieces of onion and red pepper. The bulk of the dish was bamboo shoots, almost nothing but bamboo shoots which are pretty consistent everywhere. There was plenty of thai basil which I do love. They gave us one large container of rice and my husband limes rice so much we generally have to order extra. We ended up throwing some away as his dish was so small he didn't need much and we both found it way too sticky and in one large clump by the time we made the hour drive home. Again, maybe it was better when first made but given how clumped it was, I doubt it was properly prepared as we can eat day old rice without issue if made right. We both decided it was so underpar that we needn't bother making it a regular stop or a destination anymore. Too bad, we used to love it.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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It's not on the menu. If you go to their website, you can link to their menu. Why don't you call them and see if they'll make it for you? They are very friendly and helpful.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4