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Restaurant Review: Bandung

Andreas, Clarion Staff

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Indonesian cuisine is tasty food that’s difficult to find in most of the U.S. The food with the peanut sauce and spicy ingredients that many Americans don’t get to taste.

Bandung Indonesian Cuisine is a cozy place to eat, full of authentic decor from Indonesia, such as Angklung, a type of Indonesian musical instrument, and some exotic pictures of the tropical Indonesia. Those things make people feel that they are eating somewhere 10,000 miles away from the U.S. Fortunately, those who are living in Madison need not worry about getting back home. Bandung restaurant is located downtown, just a 10-minute walk from the Capitol.

Bandung serves customers with an English menu that explains the food along with suggested wine and beer pairings. Their friendly wait staff is willing to help as well. The servers are accommodating in recommending food and bringing it to you fast.

The food is varied, ranging from the western part of Indonesia to its eastern regions. The western Indonesian food offers more beef, chicken and vegetable. On the other hand, the eastern Indonesia food offers more seafood.

Additionally, there is one original Indonesian food, which is quite famous for vegetarians, called tempeh. It is made by a fermentation process, which binds soybeans into a cake form using mycelium.  Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but tempeh is a soybean product with different nutrition and textures. The fermentation process gives it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins. It’s no wonder that tempeh is used in the vegetarian cuisine as a meat substitute.

People can go to Bandung for lunch or dinner. If you want to get more food variants, eating there at dinnertime is suggested, because they serve a lager variety. However, if you want to spend less money, it’s better to go there at lunchtime.


Sambal Goreng Tempe

sweet and salty taste mixed with the soybean cake, although can a bit spicy for those not used to such things. (Homemade cultured soybean cake, green bean, lemon grass and potato stir-fried in spicy candlenut and palm sugar)

Nasi Goreng Super

non-spicy alternative to the Sambal Goreng Tempe (House fried rice with egg, bean sprouts, fresh mushroom and onion with your choice of beef, chicken or tofu, authentically flavored with garlic, shallot, sambal and candle nut, garnished with cucumber and tomato)


dark gold-hued chunks of beef, cooked for hours in coconut milk, chili, bear garlic, ginger and cardamom flavors.


tasty and crispy (Indonesian style egg roll filled with mung bean noodles, carrot, bamboo shoots and green onion)

The Bar
Nutty Bar is a nice place to hang out with friends or to spend time by watching the football games together. It serves drinks, ranging from $0 to $10. Opens at 5 p.m. every day. The attire is casual. Also, it welcomes group parties and celebrations.

Lunch: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Appetizers, $3 to $8. Entrees, $7 to $20. Desserts, $3 to $5

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