$40 and under
Indonesian food is perhaps less well known than that of some of their near neighbours, whether they be Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese, but if you take the trip to Jakarta or Java, you’ll not be disappointed by the fare on offer. In fact, you need not bounce up to Bali or Kalimantan: you can find yourself your very own slice of Sumatra in the form of Pondok Rempah on Elizabeth Street in the heart of Melbourne. The dishes on offer include famed Indonesian favourites such as beef rendang, nasi goreng and soto betawi as well as lesser-sighted specialties like ayam bakar penyet, grilled and poached chicken with tofu and tempeh, and sop buntut, slow-cooked oxtail in a rich beef broth. Reserve a table and head to Melbourne CBD and Pondok Rempah – just around the corner from Melbourne Central train station and next to Queen Victoria market – for a taste of the best that Indonesia has to offer.
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Pondok Rempah does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.
Pondok Rempah is rated 4.1 stars by 15 OpenTable diners.