Betawi Café

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Time Out Says

Operating in Karama since 2007, Betawi serves authentic Indonesian dishes, and last year, a second outlet popped up in JLT. It doesn’t look special, but as we all should know by now, that probably means it is very special indeed. The original has long been a Time Out favourite – it won Best Budget Restaurant at our awards in 2011 – and is much-loved among those in the city who aren’t afraid of visiting old Dubai for a dirham-stretching, stomach-filling meal.

The latest branch is much the same: no frills décor and low prices, but the food doesn’t hit quite the same heights.

We suspect, like us, most people won’t be au fait with the particulars of Indonesian food, and while the menu isn’t huge (a few soups, a handful of noodle dishes, nasi goreng and nasi padang) a few pointers from the staff would be very handy.

On our visit, our waiter advised us to try the batagor (fried fish dumpling wrapped in a spring roll-type casing and served with tofu and peanut sauce). The tofu and sauce was the highlight of an otherwise dull dish. We also ordered nasi padang (rice with beef rendang, vegetable curry, an egg and sambal sauce) and soto ayam (chicken soup with steamed rice). The soup had a vague air of herbs and spices, but little else to excite us, and there was a distinct lack of chicken. The nasi padang was more successful. The beef rendang was aromatic and the meat slow-cooked until it fell apart, the curry sauce was sweet and spicy and the rice, cooked perfectly. A word of warning about that sambal, though: ingest too much of the spicy sauce in one go and you’ll probably lose your sense of taste for a good five minutes.

We’re happy to see Betawi in new Dubai, but for us, the Karama original is still best.

The bottom line
Flavour-filled budget food from a kitchen that doesn’t pander to Western taste buds, and is better for it.

The Bill (for two)
1x batagor Dhs32
1x nasi padang Dhs35
1x soto ayam Dhs32
1x Pepsi Dhs5
1x iced ginger tea Dhs10

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 19 Jan 2016

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Show number 04 454 2329
Dubai, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Lake Terrace Tower, Cluster D - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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