Friday, September 4, 2009

Delima Restaurant

A colleague's farewell last Friday and we headed down to Delima on Dixon Street (corner of Liverpool and Dixon) for some Indonesian fare. The restaurant was nicely decorated with a little pond with Kois greeting you as you walked in.

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Kepiting Saus Padang (Market Price) / Traditional Mud Crab - It seemed like the crab dish was quite popular at Delima as I spied a few tables around us had ordered that particular dish. The crab meat was fresh and sweet although I would have preferred if it was cooked ala Singapore Chilli Mud Crab. Don't get me wrong, the Padang style sauce was quite tasty but lacked the extra kick of chilli / spiciness of the Singapore Chilli Mud Crab sauce.

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I can't remember what this dish was called but I think it was a Javanese Style Fried Chicken. The crispy stuff sprinkled on top was super delicious but I bet it packed a punch calories wise.

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Kangkung Terasi / Stir Fry Water Spinach w/ Dried Shrimp and Chilli Paste - This dish was quite tasty and I love how they added fresh prawns to the dish.

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Ayam Panggang Kalasan ($15.95) / Grilled Chicken w/ Sweet & Soy based Javanese Style Sauce - This was one of my favourite dishes for the night which was very similar to the Ayam Bakar at Ayam Goreng 99.

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Udang Tumis Tauco ($21.95) / Indonesian Stir Fry Prawns with Salted Yellow Bean and Chilli Paste - There was a generous amount of prawns and they were of a good size too however the sauce was somewhat bland.

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Ikan Bakar Kalasan ($29.95) / Grilled Whole Fish w/ Sweet and Soy based Javanese Sauce - A beautifully grilled fish that I couldn't stop eating. I was munching on the crispy sides close to the tail when all else had been eaten.

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Soka Kalasan ($21.95) / Deep Fried Javanese Spied Soft Shell Crab - I didn't enjoy this dish as it was slightly soggy when they arrived and quite bland in taste.

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Complimentary Green Bean and Sago Soup with Coconut Milk. Ms M who has been here a couple of times said that she has never been served complimentary dessert. Lucky us!


Delima Restaurant
Shop 69, Dixon Shopping Centre
1 Dixon Street
Haymarket NSW 2000

8 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

The food looks very nice indeed and hooray for complimentary sweet soup! Even though I'm usually stuffed to the gills I always have some :)

foodie-central said...

Hi Lorraine - Yea food is not bad but one of the better decorated Indo restaurant in Sydney.

Anonymous said...

i walked pass this place and wondered what it was like, so overall, how was the experience? im reading eatability and generally the reviews are quite negative


Sydneyguyrojoe

A cupcake or two said...

Soft Shell Crab is so good. I just love it.

foodie-central said...

Hi Anon - A bit hit and miss with some of the dishes but the fish was GOOD. The chicken dishes were not bad either (similar to the ones at Kingsford) and in a tastefully decorated restaurant too. However the noise level can be pretty bad and service isn't that great either. Worth giving it a try just for the grilled fish.

Hi A Cupcake or Two - The ones we had were pretty soggy :( But loving the Grilled Fish.

Anonymous said...

How was the food portions?A little expensive?
When you say the noise can be pretty bad, where is the noise coming from? other customers?the road?
EVerytime i walk past it, there is a lady with a menu asking if you want to try!!


Sydneyguyrojoe

foodie-central said...

Hi Sydneyguyjoe - Food portions are pretty sizeable, and prices, while not the cheapest was reasonable considering the location and decor. Noise are from the customers. I think they need some carpets or wall panelling to contain the noise.

Indonesia-Eats said...

You probabbly need to ask for extra heat to the Kepiting Saus Padang since the restaurant is outside of South-East Asian countries. As I recalled when I had it in Indonesia, it was really spicy.

Everytime, I tasted Indonesian restaurants in Canada, mostly they are not as good as in the home country. They need to adjust with the local taste and I found it became tasteless.