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“Authentic Indonesian Cuisine and really delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bali Cafe

Bali Cafe
Ranked #298 of 4,162 Restaurants in Miami
Cuisines: Indonesian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Reviewed on yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/bali-cafe-miami and on Zagat at http://www.zagat.com/r/bali-cafe-miami and on urbanspoon at http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/12/150389/restaurant/Downtown-Miami/Bali-Cafe-Miami
New York
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276 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
“Authentic Indonesian Cuisine and really delicious”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

We went to the Bali Cafe with an Indonesian friend who swears by this restaurant insofar as being truly authentic Indonesian Cuisine. The place is small and only has ten tables and the decor is pretty basic with traditional pictures lining the walls. But, you go here for the food and not the ambience. We started off our meal with the Asian salad that had lightly cooked tuna in a delicate homemade orange sesame dressing. Our friend also ordered the Lumpia which are basically spring rolls with chicken and cabbage topped with a delicious sauce.

For our main course, we had Lontong Cap Go Meh, a combination of shredded beef on one side of the platter with chicken on the other served in a delicate coconut sauce with rice balls and crunchy rice crackers. We cut up the rice balls and soaked them in the sauce. Really good! We ordered two side dishes - Sambal Goreng Teri Kacang which consisted of peanuts with crunchy fish. The quail eggs were not on the menu but they were very small (size wise like oversized jelly beans) served in a red chili sauce.

Dessert was perhaps the most unusual dish. Es Campur is essentially a compote of tropical fruits mixed with coconut milk and crushed ice. It also included red beans which are naturally sweet. One of the more unusual fruits in this mixture were the palm seeds which I particularly liked. Very refreshing! Of course, we washed down our meal with hot green tea.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Miami, FL
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The place is small but the food is delicious”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

I absolutely love this place. First thing you need to know is take cash as they don't accept credit cards. The food is amazing great flavors, so many plates to try, have been here about 6 times so far and I have always had a wonderful experience.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank travelalways83
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Miami, Florida
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

If you happen to be in downtown Miami, you might want to stop for lunch at Bali's Café. They have one of the best salad's I have ever had. My favorite dish is the Pesmol fish in coconut sauce. It is delish.... A word of advice, make sure you take cash with you because they DO NOT take credit cards, only CASH...

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank ycodina
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Lexington, Kentucky
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Moderate to upscale, somewhat authentic but delicious, CASH ONLY? great service, parking in downtown is tricky”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Stopped by this place on our way to Key West FL, was easy to find with Android google map GPS. Parking was tricky. Parked a few blocks away and walked. This was a Sunday afternoon yet parking lots were full. They close at 3:30pm on Sundays and we arrived at 3:00 pm and they still served us well. Server was great. I was born in Indonesia and I'm familiar with the food. It's somewhat authentic. Not all 100%. Soto Betawi was delicious. Gado-gado was an interesting combo of spices, not authentic but still good. Nasi Goreng Spesial was great with rendang on the side and krupuk, ayam semur kare, etc. It has a salad that has broccoli in it :). Hah! FYI Broccoli doesn't grow in the tropic or in Indonesia. It's a westernized dish fosho :). Place was very cramped but I guess in downtown area, rent or lease of any business place cost quite expensive. It was cash only, so it was a bit of a surprise. Satay ayam was okay. Price was definitely up there. But then again, it is downtown area. Batavia restaurant in Atlanta Georgia is our favorite authentic Indonesian food in southern USA. Hard to beat their selections, deliciousness, and prices. Everytime we drive down south, had to stop by their place.

Would still highly recommend this place. They have tremendous collection of Indonesian souvenirs and antiques scattered along the wall. They also offer sushi, which is Japanese, not Indonesian. Great selection of deserts/treats as well.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank ap052108
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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews
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“Great food and service!”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

I love this place! I haven't had authentic Indonesian food before, so I don’t know if it’s the ‘real thing’, but all I can say is that the food is delicious. The market fish and egg noodles are yum! The service is excellent, the quantities for some of the dishes are generous (definitely sharing portions) and the prices are very reasonable. They only accept cash by the way! They have one table for outside seating.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank LilyB123
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