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Craving for Indonesian food, Shalom, Sydney

I originally had plans, a ‘date’ for dinner with a close friend but something came up and he had to cancel. I asked ‘The Mother’ if he wanted to take me, his beautiful wife, for dinner but he ALSO had plans – work drinks, a colleague was in town and he wanted to catch up with him. So taking me out for dinner was out of the question.

I didn’t feel like cooking, and well, eating in a restaurant on my own was just a little sad. I have done it before, and as much as I don’t mind it, I really didn’t feel like dining on my own that evening. I was craving for some Indonesian food but didn’t feel like going to Kingsford – yes, was very very lazy, and I remembered Shalom, which is located on Pitt Street, near Khao San.

It’s definitely been a while since my last visit. I was at the Broadway branch last time and have not been to the one on Pitt Street, Sydney. Upon entering the restaurant, go straight to the counter to order. The menu can be found above the kitchen, behind the counter – I stood there for a while, perusing the menu as I wanted everything. It’s pretty much self service, once you order, take a seat and you wait.

Like I said, I didn’t feel like eating on my own, so took away. I kid you not, I ordered the following, Siomay Bandung (Steamed dumplings, Bandung style), Ayam goreng Shalom (fried chicken with fresh chilli sauce), Gado-gado AND Es Duren (ice durian) – that’s right, all that for ONE! For ME! I was hungry, but wanted a variety, so variety it was!

Not long after I got home, ‘The Mother’ came home, so the dinner for one was now for two! Lucky I over ordered!

The Siomay Bandung I thought was a little ordinary. It wasn’t as tender and moist as I have hoped. I know I have had better, here, so it was a tad disappointing. The peanut sauce was delicious, spicy and a great complement to the Siomay Bandung.

I have been craving for fried chicken for a while now. The ayam goreng was delicious – juicy and succulent. The fresh chili sauce was mouth burning! I love chili but this was seriously spicy. The sauce was salty, spicy, with a hint of garlic and shrimp paste. I could see little droplets of sweat forming on ‘The Mother’s’ forehead. I didn’t have any, but my tongue was on fire, it felt ‘funny’, and tingly, I couldn’t really feel it!

The gado-gado was a mix of tofu, cabbage, tomatoes, eggs with spicy peanut sauce. It was good, but I have definitely have had better. The spicy peanut sauce undeniably hit the spot, but tomatoes in gado-gado is just weird!

I didn’t take a photo of the es durian – I had to eat / drink this quickly as ‘The Mother’ hates durian (and it was melting!). I inhaled this! The smell, the taste, of durian – everything I love about durian, he hates! My gripe would be there weren’t enough durian! It was refreshing though, and something I needed to help numb the pain of spices.

Durian is definitely an acquired taste, one that ‘The Mother’ detests. It’s a shame, cause I LOVE durian!

Shalom is more of a cafeteria than restaurant. Very casual, and service is friendly. Food is quite authentic and very easy on the wallet.  I know many university students or Indonesians for that matter, eat at Shalom to get their Indonesian ‘fix’ – like myself!

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Shalom Restaurant

477 Pitt Street

Sydney, 2000

Ph: +61 2 9211 2232

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  1. November 1, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I’ve been to the one in Kinsford and I really like the satay there. And I don’t like eating alone too-I would take away too! 🙂

    • November 1, 2010 at 2:54 am

      ya their satay is pretty good! i should have gotten that too but that would be an overkill!

  2. ramah karolina
    November 20, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I was looking for some special foods from bandung and accidentally in love with your story.I’m an indonesian and you made me so starving now 😀
    If u come here again,I invite u to have lunch/dinner together and I’m definetely gonna bring u to have a culinary travel with me 🙂
    Take care.

    • November 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

      hey there 🙂 thanks for dropping by! am in town – maybe happy to have some culinary food with you! 🙂

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