Summary:Located at Xiuxian jie, 3338 Hongmei Rd. New Indonesian restaurant Satay House offers the most authentic Chicken satay, Soto Madura, Gado-gado and Nasi goreng in China region. You can dine here for less than RMB 80 per person (and can be quite satisfied for much less), since most dishes cost less than RMB 28. The restaurant just opened last month, I could still smell the fresh paint in the restaurant, so mind the young and inexperienced waitress. The food comes quickly, so I recommend you to order in waves for self-defense. Be sure to ask for yellow rice instead of the regular one, eat less rice and more satay! Low-carbo and high-fat diet is good for you! In conclusion, Satay House might not be a good place for fancy dining or wine tasting spot, but it will sure make you and your friends happy.
Full Review:After 2 phone calls I made to the supervisor of Satay House asking for directions, I finally made it to the less-known Xiuxian Jie, where the new restaurant is located. A young lady greeted me and escorted me to my table at the 2nd floor. As I sat down, I noticed a few Indonesian ornaments on the wall, including the angklung (Sundanese traditional music equipment made from bamboo) which reminds me of my childhood.
Sambal! That was the first thing came up to my mind as I explore the rather ugly menu (I hope they will change it). If I am not Indonesian, I wouldn't know which dish is the favorite or which is "Chef Recommended". For those who are not familiar with South East Asian food, particularly Indonesian, the food is characterized by a balance of tastes, particularly between sweetness and spiciness. There are a lot of fried dishes too, but don't worry, they are not as oilly as chinese dish. Most Indonesian dishes still taste good even after stored in fridge for a day or two. That night, we ended up ordering Gado-gado (vegetable salad with sweet peanuts sauce dressing which looks like Skippy crunchy peanut butter but taste better IMO), Soto Madura (mixed vegetables and beef soup), Beef Rendang (A dish you can find in most Singaporean restaurant), Perkedel (fried potato balls), Ikan Bali (Balinese stif-fried fish), Mie Goreng (fried noodles), and Tahu Telor (Fried egg and tofu).
Gado-gado is classic Indonesian dish, it's fresh, light and healthy. What makes it good is the peanut sauce, and off course the shrimp crackers is an added bonus. The native Javanese chef here at Satay House does a great job on the sauce, and this is a dish that you must order here. Just like Gado-gado, satay uses the same sweet peanut sauce, most Indonesian people will add some sambal on it (but again, most people in Indonesia eat everything with sambal) the kind of meat is a matter of preference, there're chicken, beef and mutton. I personally prefer chicken, and the best way to eat chicken satay is by first stripping all the meat out of the wood stick, tip a lot of peanut sauce before eating them together with the rice.
There is one dish at Satay House that isn't particularly distinguished, and it is, ironically, the Tahu Telor (fried egg and tofu). Typically the signature dish at Indonesian restaurants in Indonesia, the Satay House version is mysteriously bland, it's very different from what it is originally. And I was also disappointed that they don't have Tempe Bacem, I guess it's a little hard to import Tempe from Indonesia for the time being. But everything else is fabulous.
They don't have my favorite drink, Mango juice (it's called Mango sago in the Phillippines) there, And I'm not a big fan of Indonesian South East Asian desserts. The only exotic desserts offering there are the so-so fresh coconut juice and ice cendol. They are worth trying, so I recommend you to share the ice cendol with everyone else, just for the sake of trying it, and go to Bellagio (a.k.a Lugang Xiaozhen) in 101 Shuicheng Nanlu for their famous Ice hongdou dessert.
After an hour of eating and talking, we realized that most of the dishes are wiped out by the hungry men and women who were sitting in our table. I knew that after this I will be coming back often to the restaurant, regardless of the location.
Satay House is open daily for lunch 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and dinner 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The restaurant is located in the inner part of Xiuxian Jie. 3338 Hongmei Rd, Hongxu Rd. You can reach them at +86 (21) 64658880.