Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pandan Bistro

Last night, my mom's friend from Canada invited her friends for a farewell dinner at her favorite restaurant named Pandan Bistro. Whenever she comes to visit Jakarta, it's a must for her to dine at this place. It's located in North Jakarta and serves Indonesian food.

If I'm not mistaken, the owner of Pandan Bistro is still a relative of the owner of Pondok Laguna (a quite famous Seafood restaurant in Central Jakarta). Well, in my opinion especially because I love eating at Pondok Laguna, I find that the food here at Pandan Bistro is palatable.

Total of 12 people.

White Rice.
Gurame Kipas Goreng.
(Fried Carp Fish)
Tahu Kipas
(literally translation: Fan tofu - Fried Tofu with filling )
Inside the fried tofu:
shrimp, grated carrot and spring onion.

Sayur Genjer
(Yellow velvet leaf with salted soybean and chili)

Udang sambal petai

(Shrimp with stinky beans and chili)Keripik Kentang
(Potato chips with brown sugar and chili)

Gulai Kepala Ikan
(Fish Head Curry)

Daun Singkong

(Cassava leaves cooked with tumeric and coconut milk)

Gulai Ayam
(Chicken curry)

Bunga Pepaya
(Sauteed Papaya Flower,
it tasted very bitter)

Terong cabe
(Eggplant cooked with red chili)

Es Merah Delima
(A dessert made from tapioca flour and jicama that resembles pomegranate, young coconut with coconut milk and brown sugar)

Pandan Bistro
Jl. Pluit Indah No. 20
Jakarta Utara
Tel: (021) 6691246, 6693048

Disclaimer:The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.


  1. nice variety you have there!
    some of the food very similar to one restaurant here called sundanese restaurant.

  2. I love learning how Indonesian cuisine uses things that I'd never even considered like cassava leaves and papaya flowers. So interesting! I'm not a big fan of tofu, but stuffed with all those goodies I might change my mind. The dessert sounds so delicious.

  3. Wow. What a feast. Potato chips with brown sugar and chili sound interesting.

  4. Now u make me crave Indo food! Arghh.. !

    whc is not that easily avail here in KL..certain areas n restaurants only

  5. Shelby...I know there are leftovers floating around, so I want my share! Man that carp, what a presentation! It all sounds and looks great...


    hungry :(

  6. My oh my so much food!!! I'd love to try those potato chips with brown sugar. So interesting!

  7. I love udang sambal petai a lot too... but your version looks a bit different from ours. Hope to try the Indonesian variety one day. :)

  8. Yum! I haven't had any breakfast yet.I want to eat everything in here..

  9. The food looks delicious, with the fried carp fish nicely presented.

  10. Everything looks fantastic! I would love to try the fried tofu with that delicious filling!

  11. excellent.. when are we going? haha

  12. I'm impressed with the air inside the fried tofu. So puffy :). I haven't had chips themselves as a dish before, but I guess you could say the same for french fries.

  13. nice and creative way to shape the deep fried fish.

  14. i realise that Indonesian fried fish are very well presented! similar to the Japanese style. ;D

    a very hearty meal! it's what i call a comforting dinner after a hard day at work! ;D

  15. What delicious dishes! I would love to try that fried tofu with filling!

  16. most of the dishes look really spicy. I like!

  17. The food looks grand!!! Now, I would like to try a bit of everthing! Yummie :)!!!

  18. Wow the Gulai Kepala Ikan... my favourite. Ate a lot of it in Padang.

  19. Yum! I don't recognize most of these dishes, but the restaurant certainly looks like a place to hit up in Jakarta. By the way, what are stinky beans? Are they actually stinky?

  20. Thanks to everyone who has left a comment here :)

    mica: Yes, stinky beans is stink especially because it contains amino acids thus it gives a very strong odor when you urinate after eating this stinky beans. There are many other names for stinky beans: petai, bitter bean,sataw, twisted cluster bean, yongchaa, yongchaak, or zawngtah. As for the latin name is Parkia Speciosa.

  21. Can I have an extra helping of the eggplant cooked with red chili please?! All looks delish I must say x

  22. Wow! That first fish dish is quite the fancy presentation! Looks like a lot of great stuff!

  23. What a fantastic spread - everything looks wonderful!

  24. Pondok Laguna is one of my fave restaurant and Pandan Bistro seems to have identical menu except that the Tahu Kipas in PL seemed to have slightly different filling.

    Gosh, I wish I know how to fry that Ikan Goreng.


  25. There are so appetizing! I am drooling Selba....

  26. I am hungry now to see all these food spread. :)

    I've got an award for u and feel free to collect it from my blog. Thanks.

  27. daun singkong! love that combination. almost like Northern Indian's palak paneer.

  28. I'm a big fan of pondok laguna and I always go there whenever I go back to Jakarta but next time I'll definitely try this Pandan Bistro!! They have a very similar if not the same dishes though - omg I'm so excited can't wait for another 2 months..


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