:) = Fantastic array of authentic, home-cooked Indonesian cuisine + a mini-mart selling Indonesian snacks and other goodies. Warm, friendly, quick service. Spacious dining area that's as laid-back as someone's kitchen and dining room. Crowd that doesn't mind kids. High chairs available. Great prices. Delicious exotic fruit smoothies.
:( = We can't really think of anything negative to say about this place. Seriously!
When we walked into Batavia, we immediately knew our toddler antics would be tolerated. The restaurant is like a cafeteria inside of someone's house. It's decorated with Indonesian masks and other ethnic items that could easily have come from someone's living room in Jakarta. The server/cashier was chatty, friendly, and immediately warmed up to Mommy as if they had known each other for years.
Batavia offers a hot bar as well as a dine-in menu. We selected dishes from both menus: sambal ikan teri (dried anchovies with peanuts and chili peppers) from the hot bar; mie goreng (fried soft noodles with a combination of shrimp, pork, and veggies); gule kambing (lamb stew in coconut milk, served with rice and lime slices); lamb sate (grilled kebabs, served with a side of pickled cucumbers and Indonesian peanut sauce); and a durian smoothie for dessert.
|Mie goreng & gule kambing|
|"Hey, that's my sambal ikan teri!"|
|No caption available due to a full mouth.|
|"This smells like a trash can, but it tastes so good!"|
Until next time, stay warm and eat well, friends!
|Thanks for being part of our adventures!|