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Betawi Café
Highly Commended Best South East Asian
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This budget Indonesian eatery feels like it was born for that otherwise hackneyed cliché, the ‘hidden gem’. Based on a sleepy Karama back street, populated otherwise with a string of similarly overlooked eating out jewels from across the globe, Betawi Café is that unique, authentic, ethnic, characterful-but-safe walk on the culinary wild wide you’ve been dying to find. Serving affordable, wholesome and delicious food that bursts with flavours and spices, a few bites of classics like gado gado, nasi padang or ketoprak and you’ll feel transported from said Karama sidestreet to a rainforest bamboo hut, accessed only by a dirt track. Actually you’ll be eating in a quaint and intimate room – just nine tables. This relaxed restaurant is bright and clean and truly is a hidden gem.
Open Sat-Wed noon-11pm, Fri 2pm-11pm. Mabrooka 1 Building, behind Park Regis Kris Kin, Karama (04 279 0302).

By Time Out Dubai staff

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