Some of you may have wondered where the Indonesian restaurant, Sanur disappeared to. Both their branches at Centrepoint and Takashimaya mysteriously closed down sometime in the beginning of last year.
Curiously, Pepes, Flavours of Indonesia, a restaurant also serving Indonesian cuisine, now sits on the spot previously occupied by Sanur on the 4th floor of Takashimaya. Apparently, one half of the brotherly duo that used to own Sanur helms this Indonesian restaurant.
We started off with the Indonesian classic dish of Tahu Telur ($12.95) a towering deep fried tofu and egg, topped with crunchy julienned cucumbers and drizzled with sweet and spicy kecap manis. We liked this, the beancurd was fresh and firm and fried to a nice crisp, without being overbattered.
The Cumin Bakar ($15.95) barbecued calamari basted with Javanese sweet sauce, was a dish seen on almost every table. It was really a case of "Monkey See, Monkey Do" and we followed suit. Somehow, we felt the dish was overhyped. It was good, mind you, the squid was springy and mild, with sweet black sauce drizzle seasoning, but it just didn't blow our minds.
The Sayur Lodeh ($8.95) mixed vegetables in light coconut milk flavoured with blue ginger and candlenut, was rich, creamy and spicy. Vegetables were cooked just right without being too wilted.
We really liked the Rendang Sapi ($10.50) chunky beef slow cooked in fragrant rendang spices. It was nutty, robust and heady.
The beef chunks were incredibly tender and juicy.
I loved the Sop Madura ($5.50) Javanese chicken soup, light and tasty, with a little quail's egg added to the shredded chicken, beansprouts, glass vermicelli, and fried onions.
The Keropok ($3 prawn crackers) and Sambal were a nice appetizer. The sambal was mouthwateringly good, super spicy but with a sweet edge to cut through the spice.
Pepes, Flavours of Indonesia
#04-16 Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Rd
Tel: 6836 3456