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“Quirky, fun dinner in KW”
Review of Bhima's Warung

Bhima's Warung
Ranked #12 of 385 Restaurants in Waterloo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 16, 2013

There is not a lot of convention here. The decor is eclectic and kind of defies any standard descriptors. Other than a missing online reservation (it turned up a week later), the service was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable.

But this is not a place for service or decor or jazz music, it's a place for off-the-hook edgy cooking. Who thinks of putting foie gras in a dumpling? It's the most insane gyoza ever, served on a delicious bed of crispy cress and cilantro. There is a traditional enough papaya salad with wicked dressing, which came by mistake and stayed. A selection of dumplings comes too. The seafood dumplings are served with a great peanut sauce and the smoked chicken dumplings are served beside a coconut milk, hoisin and ginger sauce that works beautifully.

The mains shine too and the portions are ridiculously large. Not a table leaves without an elaborate tin foil scultpture stuffed with leftovers. The cornish hen is roasted perfectly, stuffed with sticky rice and served with lovely vegetables. The only thing I could recommend on this is, perhaps, quartering it in the kitchen or at table. It's awfully hard to take it apart on the cramped, overfull plate.

The tandoori spiced steak is enormous and comes with mashed potatoes. The daily specials on our night included a braised half bunny with lots of thyme, one end stuffed with prosciutto. Drunken noodles have wide eggs noodles in a dull broth with some fun surprises like dill pickle slices, tomatillos and some marvelous dumplings. There are mussels and veggies and, sadly, a tragically overcooked piece of grouper on top. Not rocking the house but someone is having a great time cooking this stuff.

There's a nice wine list, though we stuck to pop. The cranberry juice disappointed with a sticky, aspartame concoction, but the water glasses (two halves of martini shakers) were refilled faithfully.

This is a great place to come back to for adventurous, often courageous cooking and a menu that's as much fun to read as it is to sample.

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Thank Elizabeth W
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Enjoyed a seafood plate special for the evening. It is expensive but well worth the taste experience. We will always return for a special occasion.

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

My wife and I, and two guests, had an absolutely amazing meal at Bhima's Warung this past weekend! Although we are originally from Waterloo, and visit often, we had never been to Bhima's and were over the moon with pleasure at the dining experience we had our first time there. The service was pleasant and attentive, the food came quickly from the open kitchen and when we got our plates we were absolutley blown away! For mains my wife eats Bison - usually Ted's Montana Grill - whenever she can and her Bison dish at Bhima's was cooked to perfection; She was so excited she actually got up and gave the head chef a hug! My Monk(ey)fish was also cooked perfectly and the Indonesian accents to the plate were subtle and delicious! Various more traditional Indonesian dishes served as appetizers and were truly a pleasure. If you are looking for a world class dining experience in Waterloo, Ontario this is it!

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Thank summersausage
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

although not a steakhouse (like Keg, Charcoal, etc)... this is the best ribeye steak in town!!! I also have it with a side of taro mash and a glass of red wine. Decadent!!! The service was attentive and helpful. I've ordered the steak on my past three visits and it has always been cooked to a perfect med or med-rare. I look forward to coming back in the very near future!

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Thank Marcus P
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

While this restaurant has been around for ages, and is popular and successful, it always seems somewhat surprising to me that this restaurant isn't MORE popular. The food is authentic, high quality and beautifully presented. My favourite thing is to sit at the bar, order a bunch of appetizers to share, and watch them in the kitchen preparing all the food. Often they'll come over and explain what someone is doing or offer commentary on various dishes. It's a lot of fun.

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