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Indonesian food @ 1945, Pyrmont

I am always on the lookout for good and new Indonesian restaurants. 1945 is a newish Indonesian restaurant in Pyrmont. For one, I would never expect to find an Indonesian restaurant in Pyrmont, most are located in Kensington or Randwick. ‘1945’ refers to the year that Indonesia declares Independence Day and the website claims that they ‘specialises in authentic Dutch East Indies cuisine’.

I love the wooden menus, simple but yet artifact looking. The menu and what they offer is different to most Indonesian restaurants I have been too. A la carta plates start at $3 and goes all the way to $6. The idea behind it is that you share plates so you can order and eat more. The portions are quite small, but enough to share so you get to taste a bit of everything.

I came here with an dear friend, V, she is part Indonesian and like me, always on the lookout for Indonesian restaurants. We weren’t really hungry so opted for the a la carte. Saw a couple of tables having the set menu and it looked fantastic!

We started with Tahoe Gedrjot, deep fried tofu with sweet and sour spicy garlic chili sauce. This was V’s favourite. The tofu was deep fright, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was light and the sweet and sour spicy garlic chili sauce gave it a really nice flavour.

Siomaj Daging, steamed dumplings filled with pork, prawns and shitake mushrooms served with sweet and tangy chili sauce. Bigger than what I expected, I was expecting those tiny Chinese suimai. I thought the Siomaj Daging was a little dry, I still do prefer the Chinese version of it.

Rendang daging, which is beef rendang, it was tender and succulent. The sauce was a little thicker than what I am used too and had a strong coconut milk flavour. It was good and authentic but I think Mum’s beef rendang is still slightly better.

Jagung Perkedel, corn fritters. I don’t usually order corn fritters at restaurants but I was craving some. The corn fritters were a little doughy, but it was crunchy, sweet and satisfied my cravings.

I was craving the eggplant, I forgot the exact name of it (my bad!) but it was served with fresh tomatoes and reminded me a little of how the Japanese serve their eggplant. I do prefer the Japanese version of it though.

The Ayam Panggang Ketjap, grilled chicken drumstick. I thought this was so so, the chicken was a little dry but the chili sauce was fantastic!

Last but not least, rudjak boeah oelek, which can be eaten during dinner with meals or for dessert. We opted for during the meal, and its fruit salad with peanut sauce with a hint of chili. This was by far my favourite. Mix fruits of pineapple, persimmon and apple, served with peanut sauce. The fruits were fresh and the chili gave it a nice kick.

Now dessert, one of my favourites, es tjendol. We didn’t want to share this, so got one each.  Its palm sugar and coconut milk, all mixed together with green-like pandan jelly. It was deliciously sweet and refreshing.

I loved the rudjak coeah oelek but the rest were so so, bit of a hit and miss for me. 1945 is a little fancier than your average Indonesian restaurant in Kensington / Kingsford but I think that’s what I like about them, the ‘ghetto’ kind of feel, as that’s where I like to eat when I am back in Indonesia, not the fancy Indonesian restaurants. I have to admit, the meals were authentic, more so than the places I have been to in Hong Kong. I didn’t love it as much as I have hoped. It was good just not great. It was relatively cheap though, albeit small portions.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

1945 Restaurant

Shop 2, 42 Harris St,

Pyrmont, 2009

Ph: +61 2 9660 9699

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  1. September 8, 2010 at 12:23 am

    i think the name of the eggplant dish could be terong balado…aiyo, the siomay bandung only has 1 siomay? gak cukup rek! 😀

    • September 8, 2010 at 12:25 am

      i think you are right – terong balado. emang ndak cukup. 1 tok – ndak puas. mendingan siomay e Warung Malang!!!

  2. September 8, 2010 at 1:45 am

    heh i wouldnt have wanted so share dessert either!

  3. Mel
    September 8, 2010 at 4:23 am

    the cendol looks a bit watery and the serving sizes seem tiny? what were the prices like?

    • September 8, 2010 at 4:25 am

      @chocolatesuze: thanks for dropping by! i would never ever ever share dessert!

      @mel: well each plate (serve) was between 3 – 6 Dollars. total for the evening was around $50. I think i prefer kingsford though….

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