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Tucked away in the backstreets of Karama, on a small thoroughfare that runs parallel to Trade Centre Road, Betawi Café is one of few budget Indonesian restaurants in the city. The eatery is nothing more than a quirky narrow dining room with wooden tables and a closed kitchen to one side, with lime green painted walls. But the food is exceptional. Belinjau crackers coated with nuts sit in plastic sleeves on each table and the simple menu makes it easy to make up your mind. The gado gado salad is served cold with cabbage and sprouts marinated in peanut satay sauce. There are a few good options for mains, but the pecel ayam, a marinated and fried portion of chicken (you can choose the cut) is very tasty and comes with an eye-wateringly spicy sambal. You can’t come here and not try the nasi goring, which is topped with an egg and a perfect accompaniment to the chicken.
Open noon-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Mabrooka 1 Building, Shop 20-21, behind Ministry of Health Building, 4B street, parallel to Trade Centre Road, Karama (056 759 8118).
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