TGIF! This weekend could not have arrived sooner, really. It's been a tough week, and convenient, low-fuss dinners, like this one at Tambuah Mas, have become routine after an arduous day in the office.
While weekends will see this casual Indonesian restaurant packed to the gills with family-types, the early weekdays will guarantee you a quiet mealtime. Dining at Tambuah Mas may result in a few misses, but they are few and far between. Generally, you can count on them for dependably fair, hearty and homestyled Indonesian fare.
The Sop Buntut Lontong ($8.50) rice cakes in Makassar-styled oxtail broth was alright, but pedestrian. The oxtail needed another half hour stewing time for a fall-off-the-bone texture, while the soup base, while robust, lacked depth.
The Meehoon Soto ($7.50), Indonesian-styled chicken soup with a couple of potato patties perkadel, was decent, but unfortunately marred by the dry stringy chicken and undercooked beansprouts.
The Fried Long Beans with Chilli ($8.50) and beancurd was as plain as Jane. Barely seasoned and almost tasteless, we didn't finish this.
On the other hand, the Sayur Lodeh (6.50) with cabbage, long beans, carrots and beancurd simmered in spices and thickened with coconut milk, was utterly sumptuous. Heady, sweet and creamy, you'll do well to order this.
Another must-try here, the Sate Ayam ($7.50) comprises half a dozen succulent chicken skewers grilled to a smoky perfection.
Tambuah Mas Indonesian Restaurant
290 Orchard Road
Tel: 6733 2220
Open daily from 11am to 10pm