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“Delicious Indonesian fare in Northern Virginia”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Satay Sarinah

Satay Sarinah
Ranked #362 of 752 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Landmarks / Van Dorn
Alexandria, VA
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Delicious Indonesian fare in Northern Virginia”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

Since finding Satay Sarinah a few years ago, we have become regulars. The restaurant sits in the back of a small shopping center off Van Dorn Street. Despite the location, the food is absolutely delicious. The bone in Lamb soup is fantastic. The noodle dishes are all excellent. The severs are always polite and know everything about the menu. We have never had to wait for a table.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Hansfords
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Leesburg, Florida
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“First authentic Indonesian food since being in Jakarta.”
Reviewed December 23, 2011

Satay Sarinah is located in a strip mall with other ethnic restaurants and stores. The Indonesian food is delicious and the service is excellent. Close your eyes and you can imagine you are in a restaurant in Jakarta.

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank WaitN2retire_fl
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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100 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Affordable Indonesian cuisine in a pleasant setting”
Reviewed August 14, 2011

Satay Sarinah sits in a strip mall featuring other international cuisines. Upon entering the restaurant I was greeted and shown to a table. The menu features beef, poultry, lamb, and seafood dishes at affordable prices. The staff will politely offer suggestions if you are unsure what to order. Service is quiet, efficient and quick. Appetizers to try: lumpiah (Indonesian spring rolls), lemper (sticky rice pillows stuffed with lemongrass flavored chicken wrapped in banana leaf) . Entrees to try: lamb satay, rendang, nasi goreng jawa (spicy Javanese fried rice), ketropak (a vegetarian dish featuring tofu, bean sprouts, and rice noodles).

The avocado chocolate smoothie is lsited in the beverages section, but I've ordered it for dessert. It is a nice treat.

Satay Sarinah is not within walking distance of a metro station, but can via meor via metro and bus or via car.

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank ladyt
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Indonesian food in a strip center.”
Reviewed August 11, 2011

Read good reviews of Satay Surinah and tried it on a Monday night while on a business trip to the DC area. It's in a strip center in the Lincolnia area. The center itself might make the record for ethnic restaurants in one area and Satay is hidden at the end of the row past the Judo studio. It was worth the hunt. The place is unassuming outside and in but the service was fine and the food was just different enough from Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese to be interesting. We started with corn fritters! All-in-all, I'd go back if in the area again.

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank bgrif1953
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Brunswick, Maine
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“Really wonderful Indonesian food”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

I had recently experienced Indonesian food for the first time in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, and wanted to find a place a little closer to home. Tripadvisor reviews led me here, and a scan of the restaurant's web page and its constant and entertaining allusions to how affordable the food was tipped the scales. Well, not only was it quite affordable (two of us ate more than we needed for $42 plus tip), but it was delicious. We shared one order of the Rijstaffel, a wonderful variety of salads, appetizers, soup, meats, rice, dessert, and one Gorang dish. Both were perfect. A few of the items on the Rijstaffel were quite spicy, but I think you could ask for them to be milder if you want. We went on a Saturday evening, and found the restaurant almost empty around 6 PM, and by 8 when we left, it was still probably only 2/3 full - so you can probably get away without reservations. The restaurant is simple in its decor, but clean and with a wonderful and friendly staff. We'll definitely return.

  • Visited July 2011
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