Eat & Drink

REVIEW: Salt & Palm Indonesian Bar & Eatery

By Mark Morellini

Situated in the heart of the Glebe shopping precinct, this thriving bar and eatery has been serving traditional Indonesian inspired cuisine for nearly two and a half years.

Business owner, Natasya Soetantyo who comes from an Indonesian family that has worked in hospitality, believes that Australian diners are yet to discover Indonesian food. “I think Indonesian cuisine has not yet been explored much in the Australian market because often they get confused with Thai and Malaysian cuisine and they’re not sure what the difference is between the country’s dishes.”

The menu consists of 37 delicious dishes including top sellers Beef Rendang, Gado-Gado, and Nasi Goreng. Spice lovers can choose from mild to super spicy and there are also meals for diners who don’t savour hot spices or are vegans.

What better way to commence this dining experience than with one of their many Indonesian cocktails, the Spiked Cendal which contains homemade pandan jellies being a favourite.

For an appetiser, you can’t go past a scrumptious corn fritter or lamb skewer and the hardest decision will be which main meal to order. Their signature dish Rendang Sapi is beef slow-cooked in their own house-made spice paste of chili and it’s a must for chilli lovers!

Then finish off the meal with a Mango Pannacotta or the mouth-watering dessert Es Teler, which is an Indonesian traditional shaved iced dessert.

This eatery is atmospheric and has an Indonesian inspired indoor setting and an outside courtyard. The service is friendly and first-timers will cheerfully have the dishes explained.

Open for lunch, dinner, and takeaway (check website) diners will be returning again and again to sample another dish!

★★★★

22 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Meal Prices $16–$32. For info & bookings: www.saltnpalm.com.au