Cheap and cheerful Indonesian fare in Karama 26 Reviews
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Betawi Café, a favourite of the local Indonesian community and some of Dubai’s top chefs, is a hidden gem – with ‘hidden’ being the operative word since it’s rather difficult to find (in case you were wondering: it’s two streets behind Spinneys on Bank Street on the Karama side). Even when you have found the restaurant, it can look as though it’s shut. Persevere, duck inside and you’ll find an Indonesian menu that, while isn’t huge, is authentic. It’s split between soups, starters and mains but everything’s explained in English (for those who aren’t fond of ‘menu roulette’) and the staff speak perfect English and are happy to give recommendations.
Even mid afternoon on a Saturday, small tables play host to a number of patrons, all being served healthy portions of nasi goreng, nasi pedang and various broths, soups and opar ayam (chicken served in coconut broth). The café’s satay dish (recommended) is served heavily laden with a thick, dark, homemade sauce which tastes almost chocolaty. Homemade crackers and fluffy rice accompany each main and for under Dhs25 per course you can’t go wrong.
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